Jeremy Kyle said he is utterly devastated in his first public statement since his show was axed following the death of his guest, Steve Dymond.
He said his thoughts and sympathies are with Steve's family and friends.
In the statement, Jeremy said: “Myself and the production team I have worked with for the last 14 years are all utterly devastated by the recent events. Our thoughts and sympathies are with Steve’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time.”
The regulator OFCOM has given ITV until Monday to report back the initial findings of its investigation in the programme. MPs have also launched a wider inquiry into the welfare of guests on reality shows.
Actress Daniella Westbrook appeared on the now-cancelled show, for her high-profile battle with substance abuse, and said it is now time for TV to change.
The former Eastenders star said: “The care and support I got was amazing. They are concerned - they didn’t want anything to happen.
“It’s so unfortunate that a man has lost his life. I think there’s a big call for the industry to change. I think this whole reality thing is done. It’s done and dusted.”