Jeremy Kyle Show staff slam lack of support after being left devastated following death of guest

SHAKEN Jeremy Kyle Show staff have been left devastated by the lack of support they've received following the death of guest Steven Dymond.

The Sun exclusively revealed ITV's biggest daytime show has been axed permanently after 14 years on the air following the tragedy.

The Sun Online has learned staff feel they've been "hung out to dry" and are upset at receiving no aftercare.

A source told us: "Some of the staff involved in the production of that specific episode are shaken up by the whole thing.

"They worked with Steve and all of a sudden the tragedy happened and they're left looking for work. They've not had any support either.

"Everyone's a bit confused and some have immediately started applying for other things. The staff have been left out to dry basically."

The Sun Online has contacted an ITV representative for comment.

Mr Dymond, 63, appeared on the show in a bid to prove his innocence after he was accused of being unfaithful by girlfriend, Jane Callaghan.

However, he failed a lie detector test and the couple split shortly after the recording. Ten days later, he took his own life.

The insider said low level jobs on the show were commonly viewed as a gateway into the TV industry but because of the extreme pressure, turnover was high.

They continued: "There really was a problem with turnover. Some people couldn't deal with the demanding nature of the show and took issue with the ethical side of things."

Host Kyle, 53, hasn't spoken publicly since news of the tragedy broke, but The Sun revealed last night how he feared ITV was making him a scapegoat.

A hate him or love him character on screen, the source said Kyle had little to do with the more junior members of staff.

The show's axing came after Prime Minister Theresa May called the Mr Dymond's death "concerning".

ITV CEO Carolyn McCall confirmed the programme's end today in a statement.

It read: “Given the gravity of recent events we have decided to end production of The Jeremy Kyle Show.

“The Jeremy Kyle Show has had a loyal audience and has been made by a dedicated production team for 14 years, but now is the right time for the show to end.

“Everyone at ITV's thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Steve Dymond."

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