'The Jeremy Kyle Show' Axed Permanently After Death Of Participant
British broadcaster ITV has confirmed 'The Jeremy Kyle Show' has been axed following the death of a participant.
Steve Dymond was found dead less than a week after featuring in an episode.
The show, which works in Jerry Springer-esque format, regularly airs family and relationship problems, and uses a 'lie detector' test and DNA testing.
The show was suspended on Monday pending an investigation into the episode featuring Dymond.
However, on Tuesday ITV announced the show was permanently cancelled, effective immediate, due to the "gravity of recent events".
“The Jeremy Kyle Show has had a loyal audience and has been made by a dedicated production team for 14 years, but now is the right time for the show to end," it said in a statement.
“Everyone at ITV's thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Steve Dymond."
ITV has said guests on the show are regularly consulted by welfare teams --made up of one consultant psychotherapist and three mental health nurses -- throughout the recording of episodes.
"The guests are interviewed by guest welfare face to face at studios and prior to filming. Throughout filming the participants are supported by the guest welfare team in the studios during the recording phase of their show," it said.
"After filming has ended all guests are seen by a member of the guest welfare team to ensure they are feeling calm and emotionally settled before any participant leaves to travel home."
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Contact with participants is also maintained between recording and airing of the episode.
The investigation into the episode featuring Dymond will continue.