The Jeremy Kyle Show has been cancelled permanently with immediate effect – dealing a devastating blow to ITV bosses.
Following the tragic death of show guest Steve Dymond, the channel has taken the decision to axe the controversial talk show and its eponymous host.
But, as the programme was ITV's highest rated daytime TV show, bosses will be frantically casting round for alternatives to fill the now empty slot from 9.25am to 10.30am.
Here's a few contenders from the broadcaster's stable of talent.
Who is going to replace The Jeremy Kyle Show?
Having negotiated a plum contract working on Good Morning Britain three days a week, Piers certainly has time in his week to squeeze in a daytime show.
Presenting a programme at a later time slot would also help assuage Pier's famous hatred of early starts – he tends to turn up to the GMB set minutes before going live on air, while his co-host Susanna Reid has been in hair and makeup for hours.
"Piers could definitely get his own daytime show. It would play to his ego and definitely bring the same level of controversy as Jeremy Kyle," a source close to ITV tells Mirror Online.
Veteran radio host and TV presenter Vanessa could provide the straight-talking nature that Jeremy Kyle is known for – with a touch of much-needed compassion.
"Vanessa already does the chatty segments on This Morning, so she would be a natural fit on her own show," says our source.
From finding fame in the Big Brother house to becoming a firm fan favourite thanks to her madcap exploits on This Morning, comedian Alison could be a solid contender in the replacement stakes.
Her This Morning interviews frequently go viral due to her combination of warmth, natural wit and touch of clumsiness ( tipping that poor topless model into the freezing Thames while presenting a weather forecast, anyone?) – so bosses could be eyeing up Alison for her own daytime show.
New mum Christine regularly stands in for Lorraine Kelly on her post-GMB show – so could she get her own name in lights?
The presenter and wife of footballer Frank Lampard also returned as a semi-regular panelist on Loose Women in February this year, indicating ITV are happy to give her more air time.
Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield
Holly and Phil have been happily presenting This Morning together for 10 years, with their natural chemistry and easy on-screen friendship extending to holidays together with their respective families away from the cameras.
While bosses wouldn't want to lose the hugely popular This Morning from its current time slot, Holly and Phil could find time in their busy schedules to pre-record for an earlier show. But would viewers consider a double helping of the peppy pair too much to swallow before their morning coffee?
Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly
This BAFTA-winning duo are ITV's stalwart evening hosts, fronting the broadcaster's biggest shows, from I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, Britain's Got Talent and Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.
Ant's had his fair share of problems over the last year, taking several months off work in 2018 to beat his drink and addiction drug demons, but the Geordie pair's fanbase have welcomed them back with open arms.
Could Ant and Dec make the switch back to daytime telly presenting?
ITV's statement in full
Carolyn McCall, ITV's CEO, said: "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.
“Everyone at ITV's thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Steve Dymond.
"The previously announced review of the episode of the show is underway and will continue.
"ITV will continue to work with Jeremy Kyle on other projects."
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