Jeremy Kyle 'utterly devastated' after death of guest Steven Dymond, show cancellation

Jeremy Kyle has broken his silence after his show was axed following the death of a guest.

Steven Dymond was found dead at home one week after his appearance on The Jeremy Kyle show, prompting UK broadcaster ITV to cease production.

"Myself and the production team I have worked with for the last 14 years are all utterly devastated by the recent events," Kyle said in a statement.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with Steve's family and friends at this incredibly sad time."

An audience member present at the taping of Dymond's episode said he "collapsed to the ground" on failing a lie detector test meant to prove he had been faithful to his fiancée.

"They both were sobbing; they were just completely and utterly devastated and it was clear that he had just lost his entire life with his fiancée," Babette Lucas-Marriott told the BBC.

Since news of Dymond's death broke, several different sources have alleged that guests on The Jeremy Kyle Show were mistreated.

TV producer Gavin Hill told The Mirror he was "horrified" by what he saw during his time filming behind-the-scenes footage for the show.

"It was distressing to see so many worlds torn apart and so little done to mend them afterwards," he said.

Dwayne Davidson, who was dubbed the 'most hated Jeremy Kyle guest' online, said the repercussions of his appearance on the "evil" show cost him jobs, and almost his life.

"It's the worst thing that has ever happened in my life," he said.

"They're good at manipulating - it's almost magic what they do."

Local broadcaster TVNZ has confirmed they'll no longer air the show and will remove all episodes from their On Demand service.