The Jeremy Kyle Show has been suspended indefinitely following the death of a guest.
Pals of Steve Dymond, 62, feared he took his own life following his appearance on the show.
Bosses have also removed all episodes of the programme from its on-demand service.
The death has sparked social networkers to demand that the programme is taken off the air completely.
However, celebrities such as White Dee (Deirdre Kelly) have insisted the “aftercare is good” on the show.
Controversial TV personality Katie Hopkins argued that if Jeremy Kyle is axed then Love Island should also be scrapped due to contestants’ Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis taking their own lives following their appearances on the show.
TV Therapist Sally Baker has shared her thoughts on the debate.
Speaking to Daily Star Online, she said: “I think we’ve all had enough of white, middle aged, middle class men in well-cut suits talking down to vulnerable people struggling with complex emotional issues in their personal lives.
“Jeremy Kyle always felt like the very worst aspect of DoE Back to Work policy where people are hounded for being poor or unwell. It’s not too much of a stretch to see how Kyle’s guests were used as disposable fodder to fill daytime schedules.
“Many guests only agreed as they felt public humiliation was the price they had to pay to be heard.”
She continued: “There was never anything aspirational about Kyle’s show – just punching down on people who were already on the floor. At least Love Island is aspirational and fun. His programme made us all less human just by watching it.”
Following the news of Steven Dymond’s death, a spokesman for ITV 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.”
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