Jeremy Kyle is 'utterly devastated' by guest's death, may get $4 million 'pay-off' after show is axed
Kyle, whose show 'The Jeremy Kyle Show' on ITV was axed after the death of guest Steve Dymond, has reportedly set up his own media firm
Jeremy Kyle, has said that he is "utterly devastated" after his show was permanently axed following the death of a guest Steve Dymond.
Meanwhile, it was also reported that Kyle, whose show 'The Jeremy Kyle Show' on ITV was axed after the death, could walk away with almost $4 million (£3 million).
Before the show was canceled, Kyle had reportedly managed to set up his own media firm in order to protect his future. He registered the firm as Hales Media Limited on Tuesday and also gave his fiancee Victoria Burton a share.
This comes after it was claimed that the presenter, who is known for his very aggressive style of interviewing, was "afraid of being made a scapegoat" by ITV.
Kyle spoke about how devastated he was that show would be canceled after being on air for 14 years.
As reported by The Sun, he said, "Myself and the production team I worked with for the last 14 years are all utterly devastated by the recent events. Our thoughts and sympathies are with Steve's family at this incredibly sad time."
ITV had decided to ax the show the death triggered a series of revelations about the show from people who appeared on the show in the past.
This included the case of a husband who accused Kyle's producers of making up an entire story about his wife cheating. He claimed the producers made the pair learn and memorize scripts and also take a "fake" lie detector test.
ITV shared that it did not "recognize" the claims but started an investigation into the show.
The show was canceled after the suspected suicide of guest Steven Dymond.
He was absolutely devastated after failing a lie detector test on the show and told his relatives that Kyle had "really laid into him."
Dymond was found dead by his landlady who slammed Kyle saying, "He has not even come forward and said he’s sorry."
ITV network chief Carolyn McCall announced, "Given the gravity of recent events we have decided to end production of The Jeremy Kyle Show."
There is no indication that Kyle was criticized by ITV for his attitude and conduct and McCall revealed that the channel would still continue to work with him.
Damian Collins, who chairs the Commons digital, culture, media and sport committee, shared, "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." Legal experts believe that Dymond's family can sue the network over his death as the program had "legal duty of care to protect him from foreseeable harm."