The Jeremy Kyle Show axed for good by ITV following death of Portsmouth man
THE Jeremy Kyle Show has been permanently cancelled, ITV have announced.
The broadcaster has made the decision to axe the popular daytime show, which has been on TV since 2005, following the death of Steve Dymond.
The 63-year-old machine operator from Portsmouth died after filing an episode of the show.
ITV pulled the Jeremy Kyle Show from the schedule on Monday, after Mr Dymond was found last Thursday, but have now ended it for good.
His son Carl Woolley, 39, said his father had been ‘distraught’ over the breakdown of his relationship and hoped the show would help him ‘clear his name’.
Mr Woolley was reportedly contacted by a concerned relative after Mr Dymond was left in a highly emotional state following the recording.
‘I called after he got home from filming the episode,’ Mr Wooley told the Daily Mail.
‘He was distraught over the break-up of the relationship. He had gone on the show solely to clear his name (about allegedly cheating on Ms Callaghan) but he said it had gone wrong because of the lie detector test.’
Referring to his father by his first name, Mr Woolley said: ‘Steve told me 'Kyle really laid into me'. Presumably that was at the point when they announced the lie detector result.’
Prior to the phone call, the father and son are said to have not spoken for seven years and had not seen each other in person for 36 years.
Mr Dymond's body was found at an address in Grafton Street, Buckland, on May 9.
Hampshire Police said the death is not being treated as suspicious and a file was being prepared for the coroner.
A spokesman for the Ofcom broadcasting watchdog said Mr Dymond's death was ‘very distressing’.
They added: ‘Although we can only assess content that has been broadcast, we are discussing this programme with ITV as a priority to understand what took place.’
Ms Callaghan told The Sun that Mr Dymond had been ‘quietly struggling’, but praised the show's team for their after-care efforts.