The Jeremy Kyle Show has been cancelled permanently, ITV has confirmed.
The controversial show was pulled from air on Monday following the suspected suicide of guest Steve Dymond, and today the channel announced it will not be returning.
Carolyn McCall, ITV’s CEO, 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.”
“The previously announced review of the episode of the show is underway and will continue.
“ITV will continue to work with Jeremy Kyle on other projects.”
This week has seen the series – which started in 2005 – face accusations of poor aftercare, dubious casting techniques and ‘bear-baiting’ of vulnerable guests.
Steve, 62, – who suffered from depression – was reportedly lured by the promise of a free lie detector test that he hoped would prove he hadn’t cheated on on-off fiancée Jane Callaghan.
But it backfired when he failed, allegedly prompting host Jeremy to ‘rip in to him’ and Jane to end things for good.
“He had gone on the show solely to clear his name but he said it had gone wrong because of the lie detector test,” his son Carl Woolley, 39, said.
Just over a week later he was found dead in his rented bedroom surrounded by letters written to loved ones.
He had been dead for some days.
According to his landlady Shelly, 55, who made the grim discovery, he was ‘sobbing and distraught’ when he returned from filming on May 2.
“He told me he had wanted to kill himself when he was being driven back to Portsmouth by a taxi that the show had booked,” Shelly told the Daily Mail .
“He said he thought about overdosing on his medication and throwing himself out the moving car. He was just a mess and he was just humilated.”
It later emerged that he’d been befriended by a researcher on Facebook, who invited followers to call a Salford number if they fancied appearing.
According to the Daily Mail, an employee posted a a message reading, “We’ve got a space on tomorrow’s show, who wants a DNA test?”
If taken privately, a lie detector test can cost in excess of £400.
This week has seen opposition to the show reach fever pitch, with MPs calling for the ‘bear-baiting’ show to be axed.
It attracted criticism over the aftercare offered to participants, with TV producer Gavin Hill – who was hired to film behind-the-scenes on the show – telling The Mirror he was ‘horrified’ by what he saw.
“It was shocking the very little amount of ointment they put on these people before they sent them away – the box is ticked, we’ve done our bit.
“It was like a sticking plaster. I found it horrific watching this take place.’
“[Therapist] Graham [Stanier] tried to put their lives back together before they left – but what struck me was how they’d ruthlessly broken them in the first place.”
Two other guests have since claimed they were left feeling suicidal after appearing on the show.
Harry Henson, 30, from Barnet, appeared on the show in 2015 in the hope of proving he didn’t steal a set of golf clubs from his mum’s partner.
However, the former drug addict told Mirror Online he ended up homeless and suicidal after a lie detector test indicated he was lying.
“Pretty much the care after that was rubbish – it felt like I got abused in a way, like I was taken the p*** out of,” he said.
“I was homeless because of it, I got disowned and at Christmas I had to sit on the doorstep of my mum’s house.
“It was very bad for me – distressing, I had to go on Mirtazapine and Citalopram. I’ve got a personality disorder and ADHD and the way I got treated afterwards, I felt like a dog.
“It was shameful, I felt violated because there was no aftercare, they just shoved me in a taxi and that was it.”
A former runner even alleged there was violence backstage.
The anonymous staffer alleged that guests would be allowed access to alcohol the night before and dressed in tracksuits and hoodies that were not their own.
The former runner told the BBC: “I saw things that you would never imagine happening on any other TV programme – guests running around the place uncontrollably, screaming and swearing at production crew.
“Guests were put up in a hotel close to the studio, sometimes with access to a mini-bar so they could get wasted the night before.
“The clothes you see the guests wear are sometimes not their own.
“The show might give them a basic jeans and t-shirt combo, or sometimes a more stereotypical tracksuit and hoodie look.”
Former chat show host Vanessa Feltz added her voice to those calling for a ban.
Taking aim at host Jeremy, 53, she accused him of “pulverising and judging, shouting and generally scorning people in this very public arena.”
“I think people had watched his personality… and have felt may be it wasn’t healthy, it wasn’t civil, it wasn’t in any way the sorts of things that people feel comfortable watching and the net effect of utterly smashing someone to smithereens in public can’t be to make them feel great about themselves,” Vanessa, 57, told Radio 4 today.
“I think the success of The Jeremy Kyle show really has been predicated on the snarling and the shouting and the attacking and the security guards and also Jeremy Kyle’s pugilistic, argumentative, very often hectoring and often entirely domineering and condemnatory personality,” she continued.
“He has certainly riled and inflamed his guests and he’s flourished on the back of that.”