For millions of Brits old enough to remember life before on-demand streaming services, days off ill from work or school were dominated by the family feud factory of The Jeremy Kyle Show.
From cheating partners to DNA tests, Jeremy Kyle took us through some of the most gruelling, shocking and bizarre family disputes in the UK.
But in 2019 it all came crashing down. The daytime hit that had once pulled in millions of viewers by inviting them to revel in others’ misery was brought down by its own tragedy.
Steve Dymond had been a guest on the show where he failed a lie detector – a week later he died of a suspected overdose.
Shortly before his death he sent heartbreaking final texts to his partner, saying: "I hope the Jeremy Kyle show is so happy now.
"They are responsible for what happens now. I hope this makes good ratings for them. I bet they keep this quiet. Never never never did I cheat on you. Never never. My final words."
He had been branded a "serial liar" by Kyle, who said he "would not trust him with a chocolate button".
The sad events brought an end to Kyle's show – but after 14 years hosting one of ITV’s most successful channels, where is he now?
What happened the Jeremy Kyle after the show was cancelled?
Kyle is said to have been distraught after the death of Steve and the cancellation of the show.
The inquest into Mr Drymond’s passing is still going on, with Kyle likely to be called to give evidence, although last September he said he felt he had been “scapegoated” and blamed unfairly for the tragic events.
He told the Sun: "I don’t want to sound 'woe is me', and as I’ve said the whole thing was a terrible tragedy — devastating for Steve Dymond’s friends and family, of course, and for the many people who worked on the show.
"But it did hit me hard. And it’s been awful to feel so scapegoated, and without being able to have my say about the accusations that often seemed to be levelled only at me. I’ve felt hunted and made out to be responsible for everything that ever took place around that show. But I was just the face of it."
He has had to battle anxiety and depression since, he said.
Luckily for Jez, support from fiancée Vicky Burton finally got him out of the house and into the doctor’s surgery.
He told the Sun: "She’s not from that TV world and her advice has really helped me find perspective. I would give Vic massive, massive credit for getting me back on my feet.
"100 people lost their jobs that day, and I felt truly awful for them too and worried for their futures. But I felt completely alone.”
He added: "When I was told they were cancelling it completely, my first reaction was a sort of incredulous shock, and then really just devastation. And then suddenly I felt like I was on the periphery of it."
Where is Jeremy Kyle now?
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After the show went kaput, Kyle made his comeback through a new format joining talkRADIO hosting a show between 4pm and 7pm on Mondays and Thursdays. The show was billed as 'straight talking, no nonsense radio’.
He had worked on talkSPORT in 2008, and so was already familiar with the world of radio.
The National World reports that Kyle is now tipped to feature on the upcoming new channel TalkTV, a new project from Rupert Murdoch.
Jeremy thanked his late father for the inspiration to pick himself back up. Speaking on talkRADIO he said: "I lost my dad six weeks ago and he was my hero. One of the reasons that I’ve come back now is that he said to me, 'go back to work'.
"Life is full of problems. There’s always a solution, it’s just the bigger the problem, the longer that it takes to find an answer. But if you get your head down, you’ll get there.
"That’s why I’m back. It just seems like the right time, and I’ve listened to talkRADIO and I just like the fact that there’s a huge amount of honesty and directness and it’s about people.
"TalkRADIO is just the most perfect project and I’m so excited to join and be able to talk about stuff that matters to me and that’s mattered to me for a long, long time.”
What is Jeremy Kyle's net worth?
According to the Richest, the 56-year-old has a net worth of around £3.83 million.
A new Channel 4 documentary, Jeremy Kyle: Death on Daytime looking at the Jeremy Kyle show and its ultimate downfall is available here.
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