The Jeremy Kyle Show has been cancelled permanently after a man who appeared on the programme died shortly after filming an episode, ITV has announced.

The controversial talk show was initially pulled from the air indefinitely by the broadcaster following the death of guest Steve Dymond.

Following outrage from mental health experts and members of parliament, the show has been axed permanently and MPs have launched an inquiry into reality TV.

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The Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS) will consider production companies' duty of care to participants taking part in reality shows and explore whether enough support is offered both during and after filming.

ITV has also faced scrutiny over its support for reality show talent following the deaths of former Love Island contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis.

DCMS committee chairman Damian Collins said ITV "has made the right decision to permanently cancel the Jeremy Kyle Show", but "that should not be the end of the matter".

In a statement, he said: "There needs to be an independent review of the duty of care TV companies have to participants in reality TV shows and the DCMS select committee has decided to hold an inquiry this summer into these issues.

"Programmes like The Jeremy Kyle Show risk putting people who might be vulnerable on to a public stage at a point in their lives when they are unable to foresee the consequences, either for themselves or their families.

"This kind of TV featuring members of the public attracts viewing figures in the millions but in return for ratings, the broadcasters must demonstrate their duty of care to the people whose personal lives are being exposed.

"With an increasing demand for this type of programming, we'll be examining broadcasting regulation in this area - is it fit for purpose?"

Carolyn McCall, ITV’s CEO, said in a statement: “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.”

McCall added: “The previously announced review of the episode of the show is under way and will continue.

“ITV will continue to work with Jeremy Kyle on other projects.”

The episode featuring Dymond was due to be aired at 9.30am on 13 May but was replaced at short notice with an episode of Dickinson’s Real Deal.

The Jeremy Kyle Show has been broadcast on ITV since 4 July 2005, having first appeared as a replacement for Trisha Goddard’s chat show. 

The tabloid talk show is based on guests attempting to resolve their issues with each other, with topics often related to extramarital affairs, addiction and familial conflicts. 

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