Jeremy Kyle Speaks Out After ITV Show Is Cancelled
Jeremy Kyle has spoken out about the cancellation of his ITV daytime show saying he is 'utterly devastated'.
The morning programme, which has been running since 2005, was axed following the death of one of the guests, 63-year-old Steve Dymond.
Speaking to The Sun, Jeremy said: "Myself and the production team I worked with for the last 14 years are all utterly devastated by the recent events.
"Our thoughts and sympathies are with Steve's family at this incredibly sad time."
Dad-of-one Steve was reportedly found dead by his landlady 10 days after appearing on the show where he is believed to have taken his own life after a failed lie detector test, according to reports.
The Sun reported that Steve was branded a paedophile by his estranged wife on the show shortly before it was scrapped and taken off air.
A statement from ITV 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."
After failing a lie detector test on the programme, he and his fiancée Jane Callaghan split. The test result showed he had been cheating on her, although he claimed he had not.
Speaking to The Sun, Jane said: "I know we split up a week ago but we were together for two years. He was still my fiancé. 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."
She also praised the team behind The Jeremy Kyle Show for their help after the show, saying they made repeated attempts to contact Steve after his appearance.
She said: "They were brilliant. They were there when he needed help. They were really persistent in offering him help. Steve liked to be a comedian and he could be very funny. He liked the attention."
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