Jeremy Kyle has reportedly been telling pals he's worried ITV have been looking for an excuse to axe his show.
The Jeremy Kyle Show was pulled from the air after the tragic death of guest Steve Dymond.
Steve died just days after he took a lie detector test on the daytime talk show to prove he hadn't been unfaithful to his fiancée June Callaghan.
He was left devastated when the results came back as positive.
The show was dropped from the schedule on Monday and is off the air indefinitely, while a review is carried out.
Now, it's said the star is worried his show could be over for good.
A source told The Sun : "Jeremy and those on the show are worried this could be the nail in the coffin.
"There's been a groundswell of criticism since the news broke of Steve's death and there's a feeling from people who work on the show that top bosses might decide to use the incident as a reason to change things around."
They added: "Senior figures at ITV think the schedule should be more wholesome and that this jars with it a bit. The CEO has told people she wants ITV to be upbeat and positive."
However, Steve's step-daughter has spoken out in support of the show.
Sophie Fifield, 25, the daughter of Steve's fiancée, insists the programme isn't to blame for his death and has pleaded with bosses to bring it back.
She told the Daily Star : "I think the show should carry on. It is not down to Jeremy – it is not his fault at all really."
The Jeremy Kyle Show was taken off-air indefinitely following the death of Steve, who overdosed a week after filming a segment for series.
Steve had taken a lie detector test to convince Jane he had not been unfaithful, but they split after he failed the test on camera.
ITV said in a statement: "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."
Mirror Online has contacted ITV and Jeremy's representatives for comment.
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