Jeremy Kyle summoned to give evidence to MPs after guest died following ITV show
JEREMY Kyle has been summoned to give evidence to MPs after a guest on his hit ITV show died.
Bosses cancelled the long-running programme following the death of Stephen Dymond after he appeared on the show last month.
MPs on the Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee have asked him to help with their probe into duty of care to reality TV contestants – including on Love Island.
The probe was set up after Mr Dymond's tragic death, following a failed lie detector test when he appeared with ex fiancee Jane Callaghan on the show.
The episode was never aired and the whole show was axed.
MPs will be speaking with ITV bosses on June 25, they revealed today.
DCMS Committee Chair Damian Collins MP said today: "We’re hoping that Jeremy Kyle will take this opportunity to come and answer questions about measures taken to prepare and support contestants.
"As someone who was at the centre of this long-running show, we believe that his perspective on reality TV will be of particular value to our inquiry."
The evidence session is expected to focus on how Love Island and the Jeremy Kyle Show offered support for guests during and after filming.
He will be given until June 13 to respond.
Dymond, who died of a drug overdose days later, will be buried in front of only a handful of mourners after he cut ties with his family before he died.
A representative for Jeremy Kyle has been approached for comment.
Two Love Island stars have also tragically died after appearing on the reality dating show.
Mike Thalassitis committed suicide at the age of 32, a coroner ruled this week, saying he left a notebook at the scene with messages to his family and friends.
Mike is believed to have been grieving the death of his 94-year-old gran and faced mounting debts before his death.
And 32-year-old Sophie Gradon, who starred in the show in 2016, died after taking a cocktail of booze and cocaine last year, an inquest heard.
But the exact cause of death has yet to be revealed.
Police have treated the death as non-suspicious – as friends feared she had taken her own life.
Sophie described her battle with crippling anxiety and depression in a series of social media posts just months before her death.
A new series of the smash-hit ITV series launched on June 3 with 12 new Islanders.
YOU'RE NOT ALONE
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
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If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
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