The Jeremy Kyle Show has been axed permanently by ITV following the death of a guest who appeared on the programme.
Guest Steven Dymond, 63, was found dead a week after filming the show, during which he took a lie detector test.
According to reports, he wanted to convince his fiancee Jane Callaghan that he hadn’t cheated on her, but they split after he failed the test.
ITV’s CEO Carolyn McCall said in a statement today, “Given the gravity of recent events we have decided to end production of The Jeremy Kyle Show.
“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.
“Everyone at ITV’s thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Steve Dymond.”
A review of the episode will be taking place and ITV said they still plan to work with host Jeremy Kyle on other projects.
ITV had initially suspended filming and announced they would not screen the episode, but the broadcaster faced mounting pressure to permanently cancel the long-running series.
Following his tragic death, Steven’s ex-fiancee Jane spoke to the The Sun, telling the publication, “I know we split up a week ago but we were together for two years. I still loved him.
“We got engaged Christmas Day 2017. He was crying, the love was real. He was the most generous and loving person.
“He was quietly struggling, and we didn’t know at the time. He cheated on me, I know he did. I can’t forgive but I just want him to be alive.”
Earlier this week ITV released a statement saying they were “shocked and saddened” by Steven’s death.
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.”
The Jeremy Kyle Show has been broadcast on ITV since July 2005.