Volatile UK talk show The Jeremy Kyle Show has been suspended indefinitely after the death of a guest.
The Jeremy Kyle Show launched in 2005 as the UK’s answer to The Jerry Springer Show and has clocked up more than 3,000 episodes. Guests discuss personal conflicts and relationship problems in front of a studio audience, but some lead to confrontations which see on-air security guards separate participants, while Kyle throws in heated questions.
ITV will no air the episode which featured a man it did not identify. However, multiple UK reports citing people who said they knew him as Steve Dymond, 63. Some reports suggest he failed an on-air lie detector test in an episode about faithfulness to his partner and had thoughts about suicide in the days following.
A spokesperson for the broadcaster said: “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.”
ITV has removed all episodes from its catch-up service and dumped repeat episodes. But he incident has raised further questions about duty of care and the way reality television is made.
Earlier this year ITV said it would review the support it offered to people who appeared on Love Island after the suicides of former contestants.
In 2014, UK media regulator Ofcom criticised The Jeremy Kyle Show for not doing enough to prevent the distress and humiliation of a 17-year-old guest who was called a “crackhead” and a “silly anorexic slapper” by her older sister.
Update: ITV has now axed the show entirely.