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Jeremy Kyle asked to give evidence to parliament over tragic suicide of guest

Jeremy Kyle has been asked to give evidence to a parliamentary probe into ITV's duty of care.

The talk show host, whose programme was axed in the wake of guest Steve Dymond's death, has been invited to speak at the Commons media and sport select committee next week.

The committee tweeted today: "Did the Jeremy Kyle show exercise a duty of care towards its participants?

"What are the wider issues brought up by reality TV and other shows like LoveIsland ?

"We'll be questioning ITV on Tuesday 25th June. We have also invited Jeremy Kyle to give evidence to our inquiry."

The show was put under the spotlight after Steve's tragic death, with many previous guests and even former employees of the show coming forward and criticising the way they were treated by bosses.

One guest, Chloe Gill, claimed she had attempted suicide twice after failing a lie detector test on the programme, while Dawne Mair was also left in a dark place after the show refused to pull a pregnancy test clip.

Plus, Channel 4 Dispatches: Jeremy Kyle: TV On Trial is claiming to have uncovered fresh details of questionable actions carried out behind the scenes of the popular show, claiming some contestants were encouraged to take drugs and given alcohol. ITV has strenuously denied the allegations.

Tragic guest Steve is set to be ­buried next week in a pauper’s funeral arranged by the local council.

There will be no music or readings at the committal, and only a handful of mourners are expected after he cut ties with family before he died.

Steve’s ex-fiancee Jane Callaghan told how an environmental health officer was arranging the burial as “no one else came forward”.

Jane, 48, got a call about the grave-side service, which will take place at a cemetery in Portsmouth on June 13.

Jane’s relationship with Steve was the subject of a lie detector test on the daytime TV show, which found he had been unfaithful.

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