Future of Jeremy Kyle hangs in the balance as ITV confirm statement later today

The fate of The Jeremy Kyle Show could be known later today.

The ITV talk show was dramatically pulled from the schedule on Monday after the death of a guest, who overdosed days after appearing on the show.

Steve Dymond died days after he failed a lie detector test after trying to prove he hadn't been unfaithful to his fiancée June Callaghan.

He was left devastated.

The show was dropped from the schedule on Monday and is off the air indefinitely, while a review is carried out.

All previous episodes were also pulled from the ITV Hub.

Bosses have now told Sky News they'll release a statement today.

Head of Studios at ITV, Kevin Lygo, told the broadcaster a statement will be made regarding the future of the show.

It comes after a petition was launched, calling for the show to be permanently cancelled.

At the time of writing, a  petition on website 38 Degrees  has 58,861 of its required 75,000 signatures.

The petition is calling on ITV bosses to axe the show for good and has accused it of making "entertainment out of suffering and humiliation".

It adds: "For years, the Jeremy Kyle Show has turned the real-life suffering of people into entertainment. Now, after the death of a guest, ITV have suspended the show – and calls are growing for it to be cancelled permanently.

"The Jeremy Kyle Show is famous for humiliating people on national television with lie detector and DNA tests. Guests are goaded into arguing about personal conflicts and relationship problems in front of a studio audience. A judge described the show as a 'human form of bear baiting'.

"Sign the petition and tell ITV to end the Jeremy Kyle Show for good."

ITV said in a previous statement: "ITV has many years experience of broadcasting and creating programmes featuring members of the public and each of our productions has duty of care measures in place for contributors.

"These will be dependent on the type of show and will be proportionate for the level of activity of each contributor and upon the individual. All of our processes are regularly reviewed to ensure that they are fit for purpose in an ever changing landscape.

"In the case of The Jeremy Kyle Show, the programme has significant and detailed duty of care processes in place for contributors pre, during and post show which have been built up over 14 years, and there have been numerous positive outcomes from this, including people who have resolved complex and long-standing personal problems."

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