What is Jeremy Kyle doing now? Why ITV talk show was cancelled - and what happened to Steve Dymond
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The Jeremy Kyle Show was ITV’s most popular daytime show in its heyday, regularly attracting audiences of over a million.
But in May 2019, broadcasts of the show were suddenly suspended, before the show was axed completely - after a guest on the show, Steve Dymond, tragically took his own life.
After hosting one of the channel’s flagship shows for 14 years, Jeremy Kyle suddenly found himself out of work.
The scandal is now the subject of a new two-part Channel 4 documentary: Jeremy Kyle Show: Death on Daytime.
Kyle revealed that in the aftermath of his show’s cancellation, he felt as if he had been scapegoated for Mr Dymond’s death.
He felt unable to leave his own home and was eventually diagnosed with an anxiety disorder by his doctor.
But the presenter, who regularly castigated his guests for relying on benefits and suggested they find a job, wasn’t out of work for long.
What is Jeremy Kyle doing now?
Within months of The Jeremy Kyle Show’s cancellation, Kyle was ready for a comeback.
But rather than another TV spot, he joined talkRADIO with a 4pm-7pm slot, Monday to Thursday, presenting Drivetime.
Kyle had previous experience on the airwaves, having worked with talkSPORT in 2008, and hosting a weekend show on talkRADIO in 2018.
TalkTV, the forthcoming British TV news channel from Rupert Murdoch, is also expected to feature Kyle when it launches later this year.
It is not yet clear what role he will play on the channel, but he will be among other new recruits including Apprentice entrepreneur Karren Brady and journalist and radio presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer.
Kyle has not commented on the upcoming Channel 4 documentary.
What happened to Kyle Show guest, Steve Dymond?
Steve Dymond was a guest on The Jeremy Kyle Show which was filmed in May 2019.
He appeared on the show with the hopes of proving to his then-fiancée Jane Callaghan, that he had been faithful to her throughout their marriage.
However, Kyle revealed that he had failed the polygraph test, and then proceeded to dress down his guest as the audience booed and jeered.
Kyle said that Mr Dymond was a “serial liar” and suggested that he “wouldn’t trust him with a chocolate button”.
The show had long been a subject of controversy over the use of polygraph tests, as they are not considered to be totally accurate.
Six days after filming his part for the show, Mr Dymond was found dead at his Portsmouth flat on 9 May in a suspected suicide.
A coroner involved with the inquest suggested that Kyle “caused or contributed” to Mr Dymond’s suicide.
Mr Dymond’s show never made it to air as The Jeremy Kyle Show was cancelled soon after his death.
When will Jeremy Kyle Show: Death on Daytime air?
The first part of the two-part documentary will air on Channel 4 at 9pm on 13 March, with the second part airing at 9pm on 14 March. Each part is 1 hour 15 mins long.
Both episodes will be available to stream on All 4 shortly after they are first broadcast.
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