Jeremy Kyle is returning to TV screens a year after his show was axed

Friday, 28th February 2020, 10:57 am
Updated Friday, 28th February 2020, 11:01 am
Jeremy Kyle is set to return to television (ITV)
Jeremy Kyle is set to return to television (ITV)

Controversial TV presenter Jeremy Kyle is to make a comeback later this year, according to his new representative.

Claire Powell of The CAN Group confirmed the news on Twitter in a statement promising that the veteran broadcaster would "have his say" after a year "spent battling unimaginable consequences of a devastating tragedy."

Why was the Jeremy Kyle Show cancelled in 2019?

The Jeremy Kyle Show was cancelled by ITV after a guest appeared to take his own life shortly after failing a lie detector test on the programme.

At first, all filming and broadcasting suspended pending a review, before the broadcaster announced on 15 May that it would be dropped permanently.

ITV said that it will continue to work on our projects with Kyle, who described himself as "utterly devastated" following the cancellation.

He said: "Myself and the production team I worked with for the last 14 years are all utterly devastated by the recent events.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with Steve's family at this incredibly sad time."

The Sun named the guest as Steve Dymond, 63, reporting that he had taken a lie detector test to convince his ex fiancée, Jane Callaghan, that he had not been unfaithful.

Mr Dymond was reportedly found dead a week after the episode was recorded on 2 May.

'Honest, engaging opinions'

It's unclear whether Jeremy Kyle would be hosted on ITV or an alternative channel.

In a lengthy Instagram post Powell heaped praise on Kyle.

She wrote: "so pleased to welcome the very talented and very real … Jeremy Kyle exclusively to @the_can_group For 14 years, Jeremy Kyle dominated Daytime TV with his hugely successful eponymous talk show.

"He’s also proved a hit in prime time, fronting five successful series of his investigative current affairs brand, The Kyle Files.. Jeremy’s runaway UK success was the catalyst for two syndicated US series as well as stints presenting two other ITV juggernauts, This Morning and Good Morning Britain.

"Jeremy first came to prominence as a Sony Award-winning radio host who changed the game at BRMB, Virgin Radio, Capital FM, talkSPORT and talkRADIO. Known for his honest, engaging opinions, Jeremy has also authored numerous columns for The Sun and a bestselling book for Hodder & Stoughton.

"A committed father and family man, he’s also a cancer survivor who has miraculously just welcomed a new son (and grandson!) into the world."