THE Jeremy Kyle show has been pulled off air today and suspended indefinitely after a guest died shortly after filming.
Bosses at ITV today told The Sun the episode will not be screened and filming on future episodes has been halted pending an internal review.
Bosses hastily rescheduled an episode of Dickinson's Real Deal in the show's usual slot on Monday morning and are frantically rearranging their plans for the coming weeks.
One TV insider put it: "It's everyone's worst nightmare and something that is taken extremely seriously by all involved.
"Jeremy and the team are very proud of the show and the aftercare which guests receive and in 14 years on air there has never been an incident like this.
"It's very saddening, but of course everyone understands that an investigation needs to take place before any more decisions can be taken about the future."
A spokeswoman 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.
“ITV 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.”
Jeremy has been a mainstay of the ITV schedules since joining the network in 2005 and is now on a £2million a year deal to front the talk show alongside documentaries.
His flagship series remains the most popular programme on ITV's daytime schedules with in excess of one million viewers tuning in daily.
Fans quickly noticed the show was not airing as normal and were left confused by the sudden change.
One said: "I was wondering why The Jeremy Kyle Show wasn’t on this morning (not that I’d watch it if it was) and just found out a guest died shortly after today’s episode was produced. My deepest sympathy to family and friends."
Another asked: "Any idea where Jeremy Kyle is today?"
And one pondered: "Where is Jeremy Kyle this morning? He is not on TV."
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