The Jeremy Kyle Show has been suspended indefinitely after a guest died a week after filming.
ITV pulled Monday’s show and replaced it with an episode of Dickinson’s Real Deal.
The broadcaster released a statement saying they’re “shocked and saddened” after the participant tragically passed away, and will be conducting a review of the episode.
The full statement read, “Everyone at ITV and The Jeremy Kyle Show is shocked and saddened at the news of the death of a participant in the show a week after the recording of the episode they featured in and our thoughts are with their family and friends.
“ITV will not screen the episode in which they featured. Given the seriousness of this event, ITV has also decided 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.”
A TV insider added to The Sun that “it’s everyone’s worst nightmare and something that is taken extremely seriously by all involved.”
The source went on, “Jeremy and the team are very proud of the show and the aftercare which guests receive and in 14 years on air there has never been an incident like this.
“It’s very saddening, but of course everyone understands that an investigation needs to take place before any more decisions can be taken about the future.”
Danniella Westbrook and X Factor singer Christopher Maloney were both due to appear on the celebrity special on Tuesday, but the episode has now been scrapped.
Christopher, who appeared on the 2012 series of X Factor, told his Twitter followers the episode will air ‘at a later date’ and added his “thoughts are with the family”.
The Jeremy Kyle Show has been broadcast on ITV since July 2005.
Words by Zoe Shenton.