Jeremy Kyle Show taken off air after guest dies

The Jeremy Kyle Show has been suspended after a guest died a week after recording an episode of the show.

UK Broadcaster ITV said it will not broadcast the episode the guest appeared in, and the show will remain off air indefinitely.

"Given the seriousness of this event, ITV has also decided to suspend both filming and broadcasting of The Jeremy Kyle Show with immediate effect in order to give it time to conduct a review of this episode of the show."

The Jeremy Kyle Show began airing in 2005 and focussed on the use of lie detectors, paternity tests and tough conversations to solve people's personal issues.

It has in the past been criticised for going too far, such as in 2014 when the UK Office of Communications (Ofcom) said it should have stepped in over a teenage guest's distress.

The 17-year-old girl failed a lie detector test and was judged to have stolen from her mother, leading to her sister tell her she was "finished" with her family, the Guardian reports.

The teenager was called a "crackhead" and "silly anorexic slapper" and accused of spending time in "crack dens" and sleeping with 33 men.

Ofcom said the teen showed clear signs of distress and ITV did not do enough to ensure the offence was justified by the context of the programme.

Social media users say the suspension is too little too late.

"Hi I'm Jeremy Kyle. Today on the show I'll be shouting at the vulnerable during the darkest point in their lives on national television whilst an audience boos the f**k out of them," TV writer James Felton said on Twitter.

"Join me in five years when we'll be shocked when one of them dies shortly after a recording."

More than 4500 people liked the tweet.

TV psychologist Honey Langcaster-James told the BBC producers on shows like The Jeremy Kyle Show want to do the right thing, but lack the education to do so.

"All the producers I've ever met and worked with have, really, wanted to do the right thing by contributors.

"But they're not mental health providers, they don't necessarily understand what the differences are between, say, a psychologist, a psychotherapist, a counsellor.

The Jeremy Kyle Show's host, Jeremy Kyle, studied History and Sociology at the University of Surrey.

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