Peter Andre says Jeremy Kyle was a ‘scapegoat’ for axed ITV show

Peter Andre has hit out at ITV over their treatment of his pal Jeremy Kyle (Image: ITV)

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Peter Andre has slammed ITV for making Jeremy Kyle a “scapegoat” over his axed talk show.

The TV presenter was sacked after guest Steve Dymond allegedly took his own life shortly after appearing on The Jeremy Kyle Show.

The episode featuring Mr Dymond was never aired and the show, which ran for 17 series between 2005 and 2019, was cancelled shortly afterwards.

Writing in his OK! magazine column, Peter defends his friend Jeremy and says ITV should have done more to “protect’ him.

He also pointed out shows like Love Island are still on air, despite the deaths of three cast members, including host Caroline Flack.

The Jeremy Kyle show was axed in May 2019 following the death of a guest
(Image: ITV)

Peter wrote: “In my opinion, the network should have protected him as he was made a scapegoat when one of the guests allegedly took his own life.

“There are other shows like Love Island who have lost people and the show is still on air."

He added he really didn’t like the way Jeremy was “personally attacked and blamed at the time”.

Peter’s comments come shortly after it was announced Jeremy had landed a new job following two years out of the spotlight.

The 56-year-old is hosting a new drivetime show on talkRadio, which began this week.

Returning to broadcasting on Monday, he told listeners he was unable to talk about what had happened – but vowed to tell all in the future.

He said: “For legal reasons – this is a fact – I can’t talk about that.

“But let me tell you this. When I can, I will – and it will be on this radio station. But for now, that is a closed chapter."

He added he was “very proud” of what he had achieved at ITV in the 14 years he worked there.

Peter backs Jeremy and says shows like Love Island are still on air despite three suicides
(Image: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

The investigation into Mr Dymond’s death is ongoing. A preliminary inquest hearing was told he died of a morphine overdose at his home in Portsmouth.

Before he passed away, he had appeared as a guest on The Jeremy Kyle Show and apparently failed a lie detector test he took to convince his fiancée he hadn’t been cheating on her.

Jeremy Kyle and partner Vicky Burton are due to get married and welcomed a son last year
(Image: Roland Leon Daily Mirror)

Earlier this month, Jeremy revealed he had been suffering from anxiet and depression since losing his job at ITV and had turned to pills to get him through.

He said during that period of his life he sunk to his “lowest ebb” and credits his partner Vicky Burton with saving him.

The pair welcomed a son last year and are due to get married soon after their wedding was postponed six times due to Covid.

Jeremy has four children from two previous marriages. He has been dating Vicky, his older children’s former nanny, since 2017.

The Mirror have reached out to representatives of Jeremy Kyle and ITV for comment.

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