Norfolk mum speaks out about her experience on The Jeremy Kyle Show

Brenda Watkins
May 15, 2019

ITV has permanently cancelled The Jeremy Kyle show after the death of a guest who appeared on the programme.

Steven appeared on the show alongside his fiancee Jane Callaghan and took a lie-detector test to determine if he had been unfaithful.

In a statement, ITV CEO Carolyn McCall said: "Given the gravity of recent events we have made a decision to end production of The Jeremy Kyle Show".

The Jeremy Kyle Show - which was ITV's most popular daytime program with an average of 1 million viewers per episode - began in 2005 and was modelled after the USA show Jerry Springer.

'Everyone at ITV's thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Steve Dymond.

"Broadcasters and production companies have a responsibility for the mental health and wellbeing of participants and viewers of their programmes".

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"He had gone on the show exclusively to clear his name but he said it had gone wrong because of the lie detector test".

"The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner".

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ITV's chief executive, Carolyn McCall, said the decision was a result of the "gravity of recent events". The Prime Minister's office said Dymond's death was "deeply concerning", and lawmaker Charles Walker said participants in the show were "not really guests, they're victims".

Ms Callaghan told The Sun that Mr Dymond had been "quietly struggling", but praised the show's team for their after-care efforts.

Mr Woolley was reportedly contacted by a concerned relative after Mr Dymond was left in a highly emotional state following the recording.

Tory MP Simon Hart, who also sits on the committee, described the Jeremy Kyle Show as "car-crash TV which revels in people's bad misfortune and sometimes their vulnerabilities".

"Given the seriousness of this event, ITV has also chose to suspend both filming and broadcasting of The Jeremy Kyle Show with immediate effect in order to give it time to conduct a review of this episode of the show".

The email also said: "Given that someone who took part in the show has died a few days after, we will undertake a review of this episode".

"We are clear they must have appropriate levels of support in place".

Jeremy returned to radio a year ago with a weekly show on talkRADIO, but he presented his last show on March 30th 2019.

The tabloid talk show sees host Kyle and psychotherapist Graham Stanier help the guests talk through their personal issues in front of a studio audience.

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