Yesterday it was announced that ITV had taken the decision to suspend The Jeremy Kyle Show and all future episodes after a guest who appeared on the show sadly passed away.
The decision was met with a lot of confusion as to why the show had been taken off the air, but today’s reports suggest that guest Steve Dymond had tragically taken his own life after failing a lie detector test.
According to The Sun, Mr Dymond took a lie detector to prove he had been faithful to his fiancé June Callaghan, however the results showed that he had cheated, despite Mr Dymond claiming not to.
In fact, reports state that Mr Dymond was so confident he’d pass the test, he contacted The Jeremy Kyle Show himself.
Speaking to The Sun, Ms Callaghan said “We got engaged Christmas Day 2017. He was crying, the love was real. He was the most generous and loving person. He was quietly struggling and we didn’t know at the time. He cheated on me, I know he did. I can’t forgive but I just want him to be alive.”
Ms Callaghan also praised the show’s team for reaching out to Steve as part of their after-care efforts. “They were brilliant. They were there when he needed help. They were really persistent in offering him help”.
The Jeremy Kyle Show was taken off the show yesterday and all previous on-demand services have also been removed, pending an enquiry, which suggested there was a lot more to this case than met the eye.
In light of the tragedy, chairman of the Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Damian Collins told the Daily Mail: “TV companies have a duty to care to the people who take part in their programmes.”
ITV issued a statement yesterday, saying “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”.
Our thoughts are with Steve’s family and friends. Rest in peace, Steve Dymond.