The Jeremy Kyle Show was pulled from the air by ITV bosses so it could ‘protect the show’ from the backlash following the suspected suicide of one of the guests.
ITV announced that a sudden death of one of the contestants, just two weeks after filming their episode, meant that filming the show had ground to a halt and it had been pulled off air until further notice.
The guest was later revealed to be Steve Dymond, who according to reports from audience members, fell to the floor crying after failing a lie detector test that he’d been unfaithful to his fiancé, Jane Callaghan.
Dymond was found dead in his bedroom days later.
The letter, which was acquired by Press Association and Buzzfeed, read: ‘We have all been shocked and saddened at this news and have taken the decision to suspend both filming and broadcasting of the show.
‘This was a very difficult decision to make but we felt that it would be inappropriate to continue to broadcast the show when a participant on it has so recently died.’
‘This decision is not in any way a reflection on the show, but the best way we can protect the show and the production team from the reaction we expect to this death,’ they added.
In addition to this, they offered the production team support in light of the situation and said that they are ‘undertaking a review of the show’ in light of the person’s death.
Metro.co.uk has contacted Jeremy Kyle reps for comment.
Since the news broke about the death, questions about the show’s duty of care has come under fire, something they have adamantly defended.
Their aftercare was also praised by other participants of the show after their experience, while Alex Reid has admitted he wished he had never taken part.
The Jeremy Kyle Show’s return date has not yet been confirmed.
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