The Jeremy Kyle Show has been suspended after a guest died one week after filming an episode.

This morning’s edition of the controversial talk show was pulled at short notice and replaced with an episode of Dickinson’s Real Deal, bringing an end to a run of more than 3,000 episodes.

ITV has said they will not screen the episode which featured the person who died shortly after the recording.

In an official statement, the channel 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.

The Jeremy Kyle Show has been broadcast since 2005 and includes guests who clash over personal issues, such as extramarital affairs, addiction and family conflicts, in front of a studio audience.

Although the show was hugely popular, it has also frequently faced accusations that it is cruel and exploitative.

Early reactions to the suspension saw many people criticising the show's treatment of people with mental health issues and working class people.

And some hoped the show would be cancelled for good.

However, mental health campaigner Mark Brown wrote a thread which gave a critical but more mixed view of the show.

ITV has not revealed any more information about the person who died and the cause of death is currently unknown.

Despite the controversy around the show, "Jeremy Kyle" was the most popular programme on ITV’s daytime schedule with an average of one million viewers per show.

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