The Jeremy Kyle Show has been taken off air today and all future episodes suspended after a guest died shortly after filming.
In a statement from ITV, the TV company confirmed the guest tragically passed away a week after filming the episode and said its 'thoughts are with their family and friends'.
The 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.
Filming has been suspended and the show taken off air following the tragic news. Credit: PA
"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."
This morning's show was set to air at 9.30am but was replaced by an episode of Dickinson's Real Deal.
The ITV announcer confirmed the change to the schedule. She said: "Now, in a change to the advertised schedule. We're in Doncaster for the Real Deal."
Viewers were confused by the late change but after discovering the reason behind it, some shared their condolences with the family and friends of the deceased.
One person said: "I was wondering why The Jeremy Kyle Show wasn't on this morning (not that I'd watch it if it was) and just found out a guest died shortly after today's episode was produced. My deepest sympathy to family and friends."
Today's episode was pulled at short notice and replaced by Dickinson's Real Deal. Credit: PA
A second then asked: "Any idea where Jeremy Kyle is today?"
While another pondered: "Where is Jeremy Kyle this morning? He is not on TV."
In the past the show has been critcised for the human equivalent of 'bear baiting'.
Manchester district judge Alan Berg slammed the show, saying: "It seems to me that the whole purpose of The Jeremy Kyle Show is to effect a morbid and depressing display of dysfunctional people who are in some kind of turmoil.
"It is for no more and no less than titillating members of the public who have nothing better to do with their mornings than sit and watch this show which is a human form of bear baiting which goes under the guise of entertainment."
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