Jeremy Kyle has spoken out for the first time since ITV decided to permanently axe the show.
The decision followed the death of Steve Dymond, a guest who had recently finished filming an episode.
Speaking to The Sun, Kyle said:
“Myself and the production team I have worked with for the last 14 years are all utterly devastated by the recent events.
“Our thoughts and sympathies are with Steve’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time.”
In a previous statement, ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall confirmed the show’s permanent cancellation.
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 ITVs thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Steve Dymond.
The broadcaster said it would continue to work with Jeremy Kyle on other projects.
Following the tragic news, viewers have also questioned whether or not Love Island should have a future with the channel, after two former contestants, Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis died in the last year.