UK TV show canceled 'for good' after guest's death


Jenny Cummins, head of press for ITV, told CNN Wednesday that the show would be canceled “for good,” and ITV CEO Carolyn McCall released a new statement as a review of the long-running program continues.

“Given the gravity of recent events we have decided to end production of The Jeremy Kyle Show,” said McCall.

“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.”

Britain's Jeremy Kyle Show taken off the air after death of guest

Recorded in front of a studio audience, the program is known for its fierce confrontations and Kyle’s combative demeanor with guests. A short-lived US version was also launched in 2011.

The show often featured feuding couples or friends accused of betrayal, with participants sometimes agreeing to lie detector tests in order to settle disputes.

Results would be revealed in front of a baying studio audience, with occasionally violent consequences.

The deceased participant, who has been identified as Steve Dymond, died a week after appearing on the show, ITV said, but no cause of death was confirmed.

“Everyone at ITV’s thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Steve Dymond,” continued the statement.

ITV previously announced it would not screen the episode in which Dymond appeared.

The broadcaster said it will continue to work with Jeremy Kyle on other projects.

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