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Jeremy Kyle show permanently axed after suspected suicide of guest; Steve Dymond failed a lie detector test.

Byline: Kirsty Bosley

ITV has confirmed that it has cancelled The Jeremy Kyle Show permanently.

It follows the news that former guest Steve Dymond died in a suspected suicide.

The channel, which suspended the programme on Monday, pulled the plug on the long-running show this morning,the Mirror reports.

Carolyn McCall, ITV's CEO, said: "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 previously announced review of the episode of the show is underway and will continue. "ITV will continue to work with Jeremy Kyle on other projects."

Steve - who suffered from depression - was found dead just days after failing a lie detector test on the show.

The 62-year-old digger driver's landlady, Shelly, discovered his body surrounded by letters to loved ones.

He had been dead for some days.

According to Shelly, 55, he was 'sobbing and distraught' when he returned from filming on May 2 after failing a lie-detector test about whether he had cheated on his on-off girlfriend, Jane Callaghan.

"He told me he had wanted to kill himself when he was being driven back to Portsmouth by a taxi that the show had booked," she told the Daily Mail.

"He said he thought about overdosing on his medication and throwing himself out the moving car. He was just a mess and he was just humilated."

It's since been claimed that a researcher befriended him on Facebook and invited followers to call him on a Salford number if they fancied appearing.

According to the Daily Mail, one employee posted a a message reading, "We've got a space on tomorrow's show, who wants a DNA test?"

If taken privately, a lie detector test can cost in excess of [pounds sterling]400. And it's said to have been this carrot that convinced Steve to take part in a bid to convince Jane of his faithfulness.

"He had gone on the show solely to clear his name but he said it had gone wrong because of the lie detector test," his son Carl Woolley, 39, said.

The show has also come under fire for the '10 minute' aftercare offered to those who take part.

TV producer Gavin Hill, who was hired to film behind-the-scenes on the show, told The Mirror he was 'horrified' to see guests given just '10 minutes' of aftercare despite having their lives 'torn apart'.

"It was shocking the very little amount of ointment they put on these people before they sent them away - the box is ticked, we've done our bit.

"It was like a sticking plaster. I found it horrific watching this take place.'

"[Therapist] Graham [Stanier] tried to put their lives back together before they left -- but what struck me was how they'd ruthlessly broken them in the first place."

Two other guests have since claimed they were left feeling suicidal after appearing on the show, and a former runner alleged there was violence backstage.

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The anonymous staffer claimed guests would be allowed access to alcohol the night before and dressed in tracksuits and hoodies that were not their own.

The former runner told the BBC: "I saw things that you would never imagine happening on any other TV programme - guests running around the place uncontrollably, screaming and swearing at production crew.

"Guests were put up in a hotel close to the studio, sometimes with access to a mini-bar so they could get wasted the night before.

"The clothes you see the guests wear are sometimes not their own.

"The show might give them a basic jeans and t-shirt combo, or sometimes a more stereotypical tracksuit and hoodie look."

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