Jeremy Kyle has admitted that he is "utterly devastated" after the cancellation of his controversial TV show and the death of a guest.
The confrontational talk show was suspended indefinitely by ITV on Monday following the death of a participant, 63-year-old Steve Dymond, a week after a programme featuring him was filmed.
The programme - which had been a regular fixture in the UK TV schedule since 2005 - was permanently axed following calls for it to be cancelled from MPs and members of the public.
Kyle told the Sun: "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."
Following the cancellation of the daytime show, UK MPs launched an inquiry into reality TV.
ITV has also faced scrutiny over its support for reality show talent following the deaths of former Love Island contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis.