Viewers have demanded that Jeremy Kyle be sacked from his TalkRadio job after a behind-the-scenes documentary about his ITV show aired the heartbreaking last words of a guest to his fiancee before ‘taking his life’ when he failed a lie detector test.
Previously unseen footage shown in the second episode Jeremy Kyle Show: Death on Daytime on Sunday evening revealed the host slamming ‘thick as s***’ guests, blasting audience members for talking during filming and ranting at production staff.
The programme was axed in May 2019 after Steven Dymond, 63, took his own life less than a week after failing a lie detector test while filming an episode of the show.
Sunday’s episode featured Jane Callaghan, the fiancée of Mr Dymond, who he had been trying to win back after denying he had cheated on her.
He sent a series of anguished messages to her before his apparent suicide, wishing he was dead after he failed the controversial ITV show’s polygraph, before being found dead ten days after it was filmed having taken a fatal morphine overdose.
She revealed the last card he wrote to her, saying: ‘This is my last card to you, I could not live another day without you. I did lie to you, I did. But I could never, never cheat on you. I really did go on the Jeremy Kyle Show to prove to you I never cheated on you when it all went wrong. Love you forever, your Steve.’
Death on Daytime also heard former ITV employees reveal that the platform gave Kyle a ‘God complex’ as they explained how they would make guests distressed to entertain viewers.
They spoke of how they would play down some of the participants’ mental health concerns in a bid to get them on the show.
One new clip on Sunday showed Kyle telling off a producer for a ‘terrible’ script while another recorded him telling a colleague: ‘I don’t understand, they’re terrible f***ing guests, you’ve done it again, they’re as thick as s***.’
Viewers of the documentary have taken to Twitter to reveal their disgust and ‘guilt’ for having watched The Jeremy Kyle show while unaware of the behaviour of the host behind the scenes.
One said: ‘I feel so guilty for the times I watched any of this show, I’m surprised it went on for so long knowing now what went on behind the scenes.
‘I feel for anyone who ever went on that show, the damage that must have been caused to so many people.’
A second tweeted: ‘Watching #DeathonDaytime. It’s shocking and heartbreaking. Something everyone should watch. Sadly I think if you’ve ever worked in TV you won’t be surprised at some of what went on behind the cameras.’
Jeremy Kyle pictured today leaving Windsor in the back of a Mercedes chauffeur-driven car for the first time since the Channel 4 documentary
Steve Dymond (left), a guest from Portsmouth, was found dead aged 63 from a suspected morphine overdose after being grilled by Jeremy Kyle on the ITV show in May 2019. The Channel 4 documentary spoke to his fiancée Jane (right)
Jeremy Kyle presented ITV’s The Jeremy Kyle Show for 14 years before it was axed in 2019 following Mr Dymond’s death
A third added: ‘How many unfortunate individuals were persuaded to appear on Jeremy Kyle, believing that he had their best interests at heart?
‘He showed people a level of sneering contempt which has never been equalled on the TV. It was evil & mocking.’
A fourth said: ‘The Jeremy Kyle documentary was uncomfortable and upsetting viewing tonight. To think, when I was off sick from work in the 2000s, I took comfort in being able to watch it….
‘Shame on society, ITV and ME for not recognising how damaging it was….’
Former employees also told the documentary of how they would receive regular calls from guests threatening to kill themselves – but tried to talk them out of it so the show went on air and did not ‘waste any money’.
Voiced by actors in the documentary, they also told of their concern at speaking out against the programme.
Jo Hemmings, a behavioural psychologist, said the documentary also revealed a great detail about the duty of care for staff working on the ITV show.
She tweeted: ‘The fact that Channel 4 approached 200 people who worked on The Jeremy Kyle Show and only 4 were willing to speak – and then only anonymously through actors – says a great deal about their lack of production values and Duty of Care to participants and crew…’
Another viewer added: ‘We don’t really need a telly expose on #JeremyKyle, it was plain to be seen that he and the production company were exploiting vulnerable people for entertainment and viewing figures.’
A third said: ‘I feel sick to think I ever watched a single second of #JeremyKyle and thought that anything about it was entertaining. Classist, exploitative, bear baiting, so deeply damaging. In hindsight I’m mortified that it went on for as long as it did. Horrifying.’
Ms Callaghan initially said that she ‘loved’ the show and its ‘brilliant’ host during Sunday’s episode.
And asked what she thought of the programme, cancelled two days after Steve’s death, said: ‘I loved it. I’ve even got a tattoo – a tattoo of his name, his signature, on my arm’.
In an extraordinary moment, a smiling Ms Callaghan then pulled down her jumper to show Kyle’s signature, permanently tattooed on the top of her right arm.
But she told MailOnline that she now believes Kyle humiliated her fiancée and pushed him ‘over the edge’.
In an astonishing U-turn to views she expressed in a Channel 4 documentary, Callaghan revealed that producers on the show encouraged her to storm off stage when she found out that Steve had failed a lie detector test and Kyle told her to dump him.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Callaghan said: ‘It’s absolutely shocking. He was getting paid to exploit people.
‘Steve was a prolific liar and they knew that. Why would you put someone like that in a position to do a lie detector test? They knew all that he did was lie,lie,lie so why did they do it?
‘At the time I thought it was a respectable show and that when Jeremy shouted at people, it was all an act but it wasn’t, not when you saw him behind the scenes.
‘When the fallout from Steve’s suicide first happened, Jeremy said that he suffered from anxiety, depression and that he couldn’t open up his curtains or leave the house.
‘But I look at him now and think ‘You’ve got a wife, a kid, you’ve got money. You’ve not got trouble, you’ve not got debt.’
‘Having anxiety and depression is awful but being skint and having no money and worrying about how you’re going to keep the electrics and gas on, it’s so much worse. You can cope a bit more whenyou’ve got money.
‘It’s really taken its toll on me,it’s hit me really bad, because why should he get away with it all? Why should he have got paid to humiliate people?”
On his Talk Radio show on Monday, Kyle insisted there are ‘two sides to every single story’ as he responded to the second episode of the documentary.
Jane Callaghan told the Channel 4 show ‘Death on Daytime’ that she doesn’t blame Jeremy Kyle for what happened, admitting: ‘I think he’s brilliant. I love him’, admitting she had a tattoo of his signature done after the scandal
Jeremy Kyle has insisted there are ‘two sides to every single story’ as he responded to a behind-the-scenes documentary about The Jeremy Kyle Show which revealed shocking previously unseen footage of the host describing guests as ‘thick as s***’ and berating audience members for talking during filming
What Jeremy Kyle says about the documentary
A statement from Jeremy Kyle said: ‘I would like to reiterate my deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Mr Dymond.
‘I’ve consistently maintained it would be inappropriate to discuss the tragic death of Steve Dymond before the legal inquest into it has concluded.
‘Likewise, the false and damaging allegations made against me by Channel 4 are with the lawyers now.
‘No doubt ITV will address the issues raised by Channel 4 around ITV’s production of The Jeremy Kyle Show themselves, it would be wrong for me to speak on their behalf.
‘Now is not the time to debate or discuss what is an ongoing legal process. When I can respond, I will.’
But Kyle refused to comment on the case of Mr Dymond, a guest whose apparent suicide spelled the end of the show, until after the inquest into his death.
‘I have said that I will not comment on the tragic death of Steve Dymond until the legal process has finished and that is the position that I will maintain,’ Kyle said.
‘And when, and trust me there will be a time after the inquest, when it is right and proper for me to have my say. Because of course, there are two sides to every single story.’
The second part of the bombshell documentary, released today, also revealed that junior staff on the show claimed they were recruited because they were working class so could help handle the guests. There were also more clips of Kyle’s rants, including one where he berates production staff and declares: ‘Would Philip Schofield have to put up with this?’.
Another clip showed him using a snarling voice towards a female guest as she walked on stage, saying: ‘Come here, come here, come here – did you have a nice holiday, talk about it?’
He was also seen criticising members of the audience for talking while he was doing a piece to camera, saying: ‘What is it, why does everybody talk, what is that? Shut up. F***ing unbelievable.’
In another clip, Kyle was seen trying to present a segment, and told viewers: ‘I guess this show’s called the Jeremy Kyle Show, right? But it could be called the JK Show. [Name bleeped out] is back, ladies and gentlemen.’
But he then stopped, saying: ‘No, no, no, get off, get off, it’s wrong, get off – the way you’ve written that – it doesn’t make any sense. That’s terrible. You don’t need to say here she is – take a look at this, you doughnut.’
Directly after this clip, one former producer told the documentary: ‘I think that show gave him and it gave many of us a God complex – you think you can speak to people however you want.’
Channel 4’s documentary also disclosed some voice messages which Mr Dymond sent to Miss Callaghan following the show.
In one, an emotional Mr Dymond said: ‘I was being so truthful. I really was. I really was. I was telling you the truth sweetheart, I was not lying a bit. Not one bit. I’m not lying to you. I wouldn’t do that to you. I wouldn’t… I wouldn’t lie to you again. I will not lie to you again I swear to God, I wouldn’t lie to you again, I wouldn’t.’
Questions have now been raised about the accuracy of the lie detector tests used on the show.
Former staff on the show told of how they ‘made up’ the test’s accuracy and claimed it was ‘99.9 per cent’ and ’97 per cent’ accurate.
However, a Commons select committee heard evidence from academic research that the test was at best ’66 per cent to 70 per cent’ accurate.
Jeremy Kyle is seen criticising members of the audience for talking while he is doing a piece to camera, looking exasperated
An ITV statement said: ‘The Jeremy Kyle Show was broadcast for 14 years. In that time, more than 20,000 people took part in the show seeking help to resolve relationship issues, or to address drug or alcohol related problems.
‘The central purpose of the show was conflict resolution, and the show achieved many positive outcomes where people were able to resolve personal problems.
‘The Jeremy Kyle Show had extensive and detailed duty of care processes in place for contributors built up over 14 years.
‘It had a dedicated guest welfare team of mental healthcare professionals with decades of experience in NHS mental healthcare, who were focused on the welfare of guests throughout the production process.
‘Guests were supported by the programme and welfare teams prior to filming, throughout filming and after filming.
‘Should they require ongoing help then appropriate solutions were found for them, which could include residential rehabilitation, counselling, anger management, family mediation, child access mediation or couples counselling.
‘Due to the gravity of events in May 2019, namely the death of a guest a few days after taking part in the show, ITV decided to end production of the show.
‘It would not be appropriate for ITV to comment further on that in advance of the inquest to be held later this month, other than to say that our sympathies are with Mr Dymond’s family and friends.
‘ITV does not accept the central allegation of this programme of a ‘bad culture’ within the production team.
‘We note that the programme includes anonymous former production members claiming wrongdoing by themselves and others, without supporting evidence. ITV would never condone any of its production staff misleading or lying to guests.
‘All guests on the Jeremy Kyle Show were aware of the nature of the show and the presenter’s style before taking part in recording. Most of those who applied to appear watched the show themselves. All guests gave their informed consent, in writing, to take part.
‘Since 2018 ITV has taken significant steps in relation to its duty of care of participants. ITV issued detailed new guidance to all its producers on protecting participants in October 2019, which represents industry-leading good practice and now reflects the changes to the Broadcasting Code made by industry regulator Ofcom in 2021.
‘ITV also ensures greater management oversight of participant welfare through a Duty of Care Board, and has created a Mental Health Advisory group involving mental health charities to advise ITV on its policies for staff and programme guests.’
Channel 4 said: ‘Jeremy Kyle was approached for a response to the series. He did not provide a statement for broadcast.’
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