Jeremy Kyle has been seen for the first time since his ITV talk show was pulled off air over the death of a guest.
The 53-year-old host, whose programme has been temporarily suspended pending an investigation, kept his face hidden as he arrived back home in a metallic grey Audi.
Jeremy wore shorts, a dark hoodie and a baseball cap obscuring his features as he quickly stepped out of the car and made his way into his Berkshire home, greeted by a male acquaintance.
He is yet to utter a word about the death of Steve Dymond, who overdosed a week after filming a segment for The Jeremy Kyle Show.
Steve was due to appear in Monday's episode, but shortly before the programme was ready to air, a continuity announcer said the show was being replaced by Dickinson's Real Deal.
Now ITV has launched a probe to see if there is a connection between the show and Steve's tragic death.
Jeremy Kyle first hit screens in 2005, and is one of the longest running daytime programmes on ITV. He is believed to have a net worth of £4million thanks to his television work.
He has since fronted spin-off programmes such as Jeremy Kyle's Emergency Room and The Kyle Files – all of which involve helping people out with his brutal life advice and candid talking tos.
However, the host's empire now looks to be in jeopardy, with mounting pressure being put on ITV to scrap the programme altogether.
Even beleaguered prime minister Theresa May said she was "deeply concerned" about the potential link between the death and Steve's TV appearance.
"Broadcasters and production companies have a responsibility for the mental health and well being of participants and viewers of their programmes," her official spokesman said this evening.
"We are clear they must have appropriate levels of support in place."
Steve had taken a lie detector test to convince his fiancee Jane Callaghan he had not been unfaithful, but they split after he failed the test on camera.
ITV said staff at the broadcaster and the show's production team were "shocked and saddened" at his death.
In a further statement this afternoon , the channel said: "ITV has many years experience of broadcasting and creating programmes featuring members of the public and each of our productions has duty of care measures in place for contributors. These will be dependent on the type of show and will be proportionate for the level of activity of each contributor and upon the individual. All of our processes are regularly reviewed to ensure that they are fit for purpose in an ever changing landscape.
"In the case of The Jeremy Kyle Show, the programme has significant and detailed duty of care processes in place for contributors pre, during and post show which have been built up over 14 years, and there have been numerous positive outcomes from this, including people who have resolved complex and long-standing personal problems."
It went on: "Prior to the show a comprehensive assessment is carried out by the guest welfare team on all potential contributors. The guest welfare team consists of four members of staff, one consultant psychotherapist and three mental health nurses.
"The guests are interviewed by guest welfare face to face at studios and prior to filming. Throughout filming the participants are supported by the guest welfare team in the studios during the recording phase of their show. After filming has ended all guests are seen by a member of the guest welfare team to ensure they are feeling calm and emotionally settled before any participant leaves to travel home."
The broadcaster added: "An evaluation of their needs is also carried out at this time and should they require any ongoing service regarding the problem they discussed on the show then appropriate solutions are found for them. This could include residential rehabilitation, counselling, anger management, family mediation, child access mediation or couple counselling for example.
"The day after recording of the show the participant will be contacted by production to carry out a welfare check and provide details of the services that have been sourced for them. The production team keep in touch with the participants in the days between recording and transmission and participants are given a production mobile contact number should they need to contact the show at any point following transmission.
"To continue best practice, we regularly review our processes.
"As we have said, everyone at ITV and The Jeremy Kyle Show is shocked and saddened at the news of the death of a participant in the show a week after the recording of the episode they featured in and our thoughts are with their family and friends. We will not screen the episode in which they featured.
"Given the seriousness of this event, ITV has also decided to suspend both filming and broadcasting of The Jeremy Kyle Show with immediate effect in order to give it time to conduct a review of this episode of the show, and we cannot comment further until this review is completed."
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