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TVNZ drops The Jeremy Kyle Show after guest's death

Jeremy Kyle. Image/Screenshot-Youtube.

TVNZ drops controversial daytime TV show.

TVNZ says it will stop airing The Jeremy Kyle Show on TVNZ2 after a guest died shortly after filming an episode. It will also remove all episodes from its OnDemand service.

The NZ broadcaster is following in the steps of British broadcaster ITV, which ended production of the show after 14 years.

Steve Dymond, a guest who appeared on the show with his girlfriend on May 2, died a week later. There were no suspicious circumstances.

"The wellbeing of individuals involved is the number one priority for any production. Like ITV, we will be moving on from this show," a TVNZ spokesperson said.

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In a press release, 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."

It didn't rule out working with Jeremy Kyle in future.

The show was the most popular daytime show on ITV, with a daily audience of one million.

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