ITV confirms 'The Jeremy Kyle Show' is permanently cancelled

ITV confirms 'The Jeremy Kyle Show' is permanently cancelled

ITV have confirmed that the Jeremy Kyle show has been permanently cancelled.

The talk show was pulled from the air on Monday after the death of a guest who died days after making an appearance on the show.

Carolyn McCall, the CEO of ITV, said: "Given the gravity of recent events we have decided to end production of The Jeremy Kyle Show."

Steve Dymond passed away due to an overdose after failing a lie detector test to prove he hadn't been unfaithful to his fiancée, June Callaghan.

This came after a petition on the website 38 Degrees garnered over 58,000 of its required signatures. The appeal called on ITV bosses to permanently stop the broadcast of the show, saying that it made "entertainment out of suffering and humiliation."

"For years, the Jeremy Kyle Show has turned the real-life suffering of people into entertainment. Now, after the death of a guest, ITV have suspended the show - and calls are growing for it to be cancelled permanently," the petition's blurb read.

"The Jeremy Kyle Show is famous for humiliating people on national television with lie detector and DNA tests. Guests are goaded into arguing about personal conflicts and relationship problems in front of a studio audience. A judge described the show as a 'human form of bear baiting'," it continued. "Sign the petition and tell ITV to end the Jeremy Kyle Show for good."

On Monday, ITV released the following statement:

"ITV has many years experience of broadcasting and creating programmes featuring members of the public and each of our productions has duty of care measures in place for contributors. These will be dependent on the type of show and will be proportionate for the level of activity of each contributor and upon the individual. All of our processes are regularly reviewed to ensure that they are fit for purpose in an ever changing landscape." 

"In the case of The Jeremy Kyle Show, the programme has significant and detailed duty of care processes in place for contributors pre, during and post show which have been built up over 14 years, and there have been numerous positive outcomes from this, including people who have resolved complex and long-standing personal problems."