News ID: 252851
Published: 1055 GMT May 15, 2019

UK TV show axed after guest’s death

UK TV show axed after guest’s death
DAVID COTTER/ITV

Jeremy Kyle

The Jeremy Kyle Show was axed permanently by UK’s ITV after a participant died following an appearance on the show.

Steve Dymond was found dead last week after failing a lie-detector test on the long-running daytime program, prompting the show to be taken off air on Monday, the Guardian reported.

Carolyn McCall, ITV’s chief executive, said the show would not be returning. She said, “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.”

She said ITV would continue to work with Kyle on future projects.

The broadcaster had initially stuck by the program, with McCall on Tuesday telling staff she had ceased production simply to ‘protect the show’ and its staff.

However, ITV came under enormous pressure ranging from Downing Street to MPs and mental health charities to do something about the program, which pitted troubled guests against each other under confrontational questioning from the eponymous host.

Former Jeremy Kyle Show participants have told the Guardian they were manipulated by the program’s producers after turning to it for free help with their personal issues, with some saying their negative portrayal had prompted them to attempt suicide.

The decision to cancel the program came amid growing scrutiny of the aftercare offered to participants on reality TV programs and calls for greater understanding of the impact that appearances — often exacerbated by clips circulating on social media for long after the initial broadcast — can have on the mental health of those who take part.

ITV has already faced scrutiny for how it supports contestants on its hit Love Island show following several suicides.

The program, produced in Salford, had been a mainstay of ITV’s daytime coverage since 2005 and regularly attracted 1.5 million viewers for its daily episodes.

 

 

 

   
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