Jeremy Kyle’s ex-talent manager has said Steve Dymond’s family ‘should’ve discouraged him’ from appearing on the show ahead of his suspected suicide.
The 63-year-old Portsmouth man, whose death has ultimately led to the show being permanently axed from ITV, filmed his appearance two weeks ago.
However, just days later he was found dead in his bedroom following a suspected overdose, and the show was suspended from the airwaves, filming was put on hold, and now ITV have revealed that it won’t return at all.
Speaking ahead of the announcement, Professor Jonathan Shalit, who used to represent presenter Kyle with his talent agency, said that while ITV made the right decision to halt the show, the family of the deceased should’ve not allowed him to participate.
He told Piers Morgan: ‘I think in the short run the ITV bosses have made the right decision. While they investigate the cause of the death it’s the correct decision to park the show. I don’t think there is any doubt about that.’
‘Terrible what happened as a human tragedy. He decided to go on the TV show, and if his friends and family thought it was a mistake upfront they should have discouraged him from going on the TV show,’ he continued.
‘I think people are always quick to blame other people for terrible things that happen. People tend to be in the media because they want to be.’
George Galloway, who has had his own run-ins on celebrity versions of reality shows including Big Brother, took the moment to praise Jeremy for his 15 years on the air.
Defending his position of being on television, he said: ‘These are talented broadcasters. They’re in the basement of popular media but you can’t ban popular media. You can’t ban newspapers because you don’t read them.’
Following Dymond’s death, questions about the show’s duty of care has come under fire, something they have adamantly defended.
Their aftercare was also praised by other participants of the show after their experience
However, Alex Reid has admitted he wished he had never taken part, and a former runner slammed the show, calling it ‘exploitative’.
ITV has confirmed the decision that it will not air The Jeremy Kyle Show any more because of the ‘gravity of recent events’.
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