TV host Jeremy Kyle is reportedly worried ITV bosses will axe his show for good, following the decision to suspend it after a guest's death.
The daytime show was removed from the schedule after a guest died just days after failing a lie detector test on the programme.
Steve Dymond, 63, had taken the test on the show to prove to fiancée Jane Callaghan that he had been faithful to her.
He failed the test and his relationship with Jane ended.
In the days after the show was filmed, Steve tragically died from a suspected drugs overdose, prompting ITV to pull all Jeremy Kyle shows from their schedule and on demand at ITV Hub.
An investigation has been launched about what happened and now 53-year-old Kyle is worried his show could be binned for good, after running for 14 years.
A source told The Sun that "top bosses might decide to use the incident as a reason to change things around".
Kyle is reportedly "worried" his show could be cancelled after Julian Bellamy, who oversaw the removal of Big Brother from Channel 4 in 2009, was put in charge of the investigation.
The new ITV chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall, 57, is reportedly 'not a fan of the show' leaving Kyle worried his show could be left off ITV's schedule for good.
The source added: “Senior figures at ITV think the schedule should be more wholesome and that this jars with it a bit."
McCall has informed ITV employees that Bellamy would be arriving in Manchester tomorrow to meet with the production team.
Speaking directly to ITV staff, McCall also said: "We are offering everyone involved support from the Employee Assistance Programme and there will be counsellors on site in Manchester to offer any support people may need."
The Jeremy Kyle Show has proved to be a ratings hit since it took over the morning slot from Dickinson's Real Deal, but Kyle reportedly doesn't think it will be enough to save the show from the axe permanently.
Mirror Online has contacted ITV for comment. The channel previously provided a statement. Here it is in full:
"ITV has many years experience of broadcasting and creating programmes featuring members of the public and each of our productions has duty of care measures in place for contributors.
"These will be dependent on the type of show and will be proportionate for the level of activity of each contributor and upon the individual. All of our processes are regularly reviewed to ensure that they are fit for purpose in an ever changing landscape.
"In the case of The Jeremy Kyle Show, the programme has significant and detailed duty of care processes in place for contributors pre, during and post show which have been built up over 14 years, and there have been numerous positive outcomes from this, including people who have resolved complex and long-standing personal problems.
"Prior to the show a comprehensive assessment is carried out by the guest welfare team on all potential contributors. The guest welfare team consists of four members of staff, one consultant psychotherapist and three mental health nurses.
"The guests are interviewed by guest welfare face to face at studios and prior to filming. Throughout filming the participants are supported by the guest welfare team in the studios during the recording phase of their show.
"After filming has ended all guests are seen by a member of the guest welfare team to ensure they are feeling calm and emotionally settled before any participant leaves to travel home.
"An evaluation of their needs is also carried out at this time and should they require any ongoing service regarding the problem they discussed on the show then appropriate solutions are found for them.
"This could include residential rehabilitation, counselling, anger management, family mediation, child access mediation or couple counselling for example.
"The day after recording of the show the participant will be contacted by production to carry out a welfare check and provide details of the services that have been sourced for them.
"The production team keep in touch with the participants in the days between recording and transmission and participants are given a production mobile contact number should they need to contact the show at any point following transmission.
"To continue best practice, we regularly review our processes.
"As we have said, everyone at ITV and The Jeremy Kyle Show is shocked and saddened at the news of the death of a participant in the show a week after the recording of the episode they featured in and our thoughts are with their family and friends.
"We will not screen the episode in which they featured.
"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, and we cannot comment further until this review is completed."
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