The TV star has spoken for the first time about the cancellation of The Jeremy Kyle Show – which was permanently pulled from the air in May 2019 following the death of construction worker Steve Dymond who had taken a lie detector test during an unaired episode of the show
Jeremy Kyle has said he will discuss the tragic death of Steve Dymond – who died in May 2019 after being a guest on the TV star’s talkshow.
This weekend, 56-year-old Jeremy has broken his silence about his show being axed in the wake of Mr Dymond’s death.
The construction worker had failed a lie-detector test while on The Jeremy Kyle Show – and died of a morphine overdose, while suffering from an underlying heart condition, days before his episode was scheduled to air.
An inquest into Mr Dymond’s death is still ongoing which prevents Jeremy from discussing in detail the circumstances around the death.
However, in an interview with The Sun, Jeremy vowed he will one day open up about the sad death, telling the publication: “When the time is right and it is appropriate to do so, I will have my say.”
In his interview with The Sun, Jeremy went on to express his sadness over the death, saying: “the whole thing was a terrible tragedy — devastating for Steve Dymond’s friends and family.”
He also said his show’s cancellation had a huge impact on the crew that had worked on the series – which aired for 17 years on ITV between July 2005 and May 2019.
He said: “A hundred people lost their jobs that day, and I felt truly awful for them too and worried for their futures. But I felt completely alone.
“When I was told they were cancelling it completely, my first reaction was a sort of incredulous shock, and then really just devastation. And then suddenly I felt like I was on the periphery of it.”
The star went on to explain his frustration at being “unable” to defend himself in the aftermath of his show’s cancellation.
ITV took the decision to cancel The Jeremy Kyle Show the day after Mr Dymond’s death.
Carolyn McCall, ITV’s CEO, said in a statement at the time: “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.”
Mr Dymond’s body was found at home on Thursday 9 May 2019, while Hampshire Coroner Jason Pegg told a hearing in June last year that the workman had died of a morphine overdose and left ventricular hypertrophy – a condition in where the left chamber of the heart is not pumping properly.
Jeremy was identified as an “interested person” by the coroner during the inquest.
Reports have uncovered that Jeremy called Mr Dymond a “serial liar” during his time on the set of his show – and a lie detector test was said to have been failed by the construction worker.
The coroner said Mr Dymond “did report to others that he was caused distress by his treatment by the show” and it “played out” into the following week leading up to his death.”
He added: “To not deal with it would be ludicrous.”
The Jeremy Kyle Show was cancelled on Friday 10 May – while the episode featuring Mr Dyson had been due to air the following Monday, but was replaced with an episode of Dickinson’s Real Deal.