Jeremy Kyle "may have caused or contributed" to the death of one of the guests on his daytime TV show, a coroner has said.

The 55-year-old presenter's talk show was axed in 2019 following the death of Steve Dymond, who was found dead in his rented room in a suspected suicide after "growing concerned about the repercussions of the show".

Mr Dymond, 63, died around a week after reportedly failing a lie-detector test on the confrontational daytime programme, The Jeremy Kyle Show.

During a pre-inquest review in Winchester in the UK on Friday, Hampshire coroner Jason Pegg made Mr Kyle an "interested person" for the inquest into the death of Mr Dymond, stating that the presenter "may have caused or contributed" to his death.

He added: "It might seem ludicrous not to have Mr Kyle to give evidence to give his take on the situation."

Counsel for Mr Dymond's family Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC told the Winchester hearing that Mr Dymond became "distressed" after he failed the lie detector test.

She said Mr Dymond had gone on the show to "prove his fidelity", and had said: "I pushed and pushed but it all went wrong."

Ms Gallagher said after the result was announced during filming, the audience "booed and jeered" at him and he was "called a failure by the presenter".

The hearing was told Mr Dymond was originally turned down to appear on the show but was accepted as a guest after gaining a letter from his doctor.

The inquest has heard he had been receiving mental health care from Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

The hearing continues.

In May 2019, ITV confirmed the show's 14-year run was coming to an end following Mr Dymond's death.

Carolyn McCall, ITV's CEO, announced at the time: "Given the gravity of recent events, we have decided to end production of The Jeremy Kyle Show.

"The Jeremy Kyle Show has had a loyal audience and has been made by a dedicated production team for 14 years, but now is the right time for the show to end".

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