Jeremy Kyle Show axed after guest’s death

Steve Dymond, 63, was found dead 10 days after failing a love rat lie detector test on the popular daytime chat show.

The Sun reports that the show was pulled off air on Monday as broadcast bosses worked frantically to come up with a final decision on its future.

But ITV has now permanently scrapped the program, which ran 3320 episodes over 14 years, after uproar from Dymond’s loved ones and horrified viewers.

Jeremy Kyle reacts on his show. Picture: ITVSource:Supplied

Carolyn McCall, ITV’s CEO, announced today: “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 decision to axe Jeremy Kyle comes after Prime Minister Theresa May said Dymond’s death was a “deeply concerning case”.

Earlier today The Sun revealed how host Kyle, 53 — worth £4 million ($A7.4 million) — feared chiefs were looking for an excuse to axe his show for good.

Jeremy Kyle Show guest Steve Dymond overdosed after appearing with girlfriend Jane Callaghan. Picture: Facebook

Jeremy Kyle Show guest Steve Dymond overdosed after appearing with girlfriend Jane Callaghan. Picture: FacebookSource:Supplied

Kyle, who is on a £2 million-a-year ($A3.7 million) contract with ITV, had told friends he was afraid of being made a scapegoat for the tragedy.

A source said: “Jeremy and those on the show are worried that this could be the nail in the coffin.

“There’s been a groundswell of criticism since the news broke of Steve’s death, and there’s a feeling from people who work on the show that top bosses might decide to use the incident as a reason to change things around.”

Despite the show being axed ITV confirmed they will look to work with Kyle, who also presents GMB, on future projects.

Broadcaster ITV has axed The Jeremy Kyle Show. Picture: AFP

Broadcaster ITV has axed The Jeremy Kyle Show. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

Dymond, from Gosports, Hants, went on the show to prove his innocence after he was accused of being unfaithful by girlfriend, Jane Callaghan.

However, he failed a lie-detector test and the couple split after the episode was recorded.

News of Dymond’s death was revealed after Ms Callaghan told The Sun she feared he had taken a fatal overdose of arthritis medication.

Ms Callaghan said: “He wanted to go on. He was really excited and confident. But it was all a front and I knew it. He wasn’t well at all.”

Ms Callaghan added: “He was still my fiance. I still loved him. As much as he was a pig to me I still loved him.”

She said the Jeremy Kyle team made repeated efforts to contact Dymond after the show and described them as “brilliant”.

Dymond’s son Carl Wooley later claimed the show had “ripped into” his dad.

Mr Wooley said: “He told me, ‘Kyle really laid into me’.

“Presumably that was at the point when they announced the lie detector result. I’m satisfied he intended to kill himself.”

Jeremy Kyle Show guest Steve Dymond. Picture: Supplied

Jeremy Kyle Show guest Steve Dymond. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

It has now emerged he had suffered a series of blows in his personal life and his appearance on the show was the “final straw”.

Mr Dymond first split from Jane Callaghan in February after she accused him of cheating on her with his ex.

Less than a week after the breakup, he was sacked from his job at Daedalus airfield in Gosport, for accidentally knocking down a timber barrier.

Friends said the incidents marked the start of a downward spiral that culminated in him being found dead in his Portsmouth bedsit last week. Ambulance officials said he had been dead for “a number of days”.

Jeremy Kyle attends the 21st National Television Awards in 2016. Picture: Getty

Jeremy Kyle attends the 21st National Television Awards in 2016. Picture: GettySource:Supplied

One pal told The Sun: “He was very upset before going on the show. Steve and Jane had been together for two years and he loved her. But she said he was a compulsive liar and they claimed to have hit one another.

“He said he was doing the show to make Jane happy and save the relationship.”

Dymond was subject to an arrest warrant at the time of his death after he failed to appear in court.

He had been ordered to pay nearly £6000 ($A11,000) compensation in 1997 for two counts of theft. He was due before JPs in Southampton in February — the month he split from Jane — for the non-payment of £4329 ($A8000), but did not show.

The Jeremy Kyle Show has been running on ITV since July 2005 with 16 seasons airing on a daytime schedule.

If you are experiencing mental health issues or suicidal feelings contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue 1300 224 636. If it is an emergency please call 000.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission

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