Dwayne Davison - a man labelled The Jeremy Kyle Show’s “most hated guest ever” - has revealed he made a suicide attempt, blaming the show for ruining his life.
The 27-year-old first appeared on the ITV daytime chat show in 2014 to take a lie detector test after his older girlfriend had accused him of cheating. He accused producers and Kyle of “human bear-baiting”, riling him up backstage and on screen in order to provoke a response.
Davison said: “It’s the worst thing that has ever happened in my life. They put the spoon in and stirred around my whole life.”
As a result of constant repeats and YouTube clips dubbing him the show’s “most hated” Davison revealed he has been subjected to abuse on social media for the last five years, and in 2018 he made an attempt to end his own life by overdosing on painkillers.
“I’ve had loads and loads of abuse and in 2018 I decided I’d had enough. A few hours later my girlfriend came upstairs and she called the ambulance.
“At the hospital they said I would have died. I know this is putting responsibility on other places but I 100% put it on that show. That show has ruined my life. It’s evil.”
Davison spoke out to the The Guardian as pressure mounts for The Jeremy Kyle Show to be axed. The programme was suspended earlier this week after it emerged guest Steven Dymond, 63, had died as the result of a suspected suicide after failing a lie detector test on the show.
But Dymond’s own stepdaughter has called on ITV to reinstate the show, insisting his death “wasn’t Jeremy’s fault.”
Sophie Fifield, 25, told The Daily Star newspaper she appeared on the show herself six years ago and passed a lie detector test to prove she was not cheating on her boyfriend.
Dymond had been planning to marry her mother Jane Callaghan but they split after he failed a lie detector test on the show.
Fifield said: “I did a test and it said I wasn’t lying. My stepdad failed so he must have been lying. He was always lying but he was convincing.
“It is a bit selfish of Steve. He should have just sucked it up and been a man and dealt with his problems. He shouldn’t have left my mum like that.
“I think he couldn’t deal with the lies. Nobody deserves to die but I just feel bad for my mum.”
She added: “I think the show should carry on. It is not down to Jeremy – it is not his fault at all really.”
Fifield - who was diagnosed with depression earlier this year and obtained a doctor’s note in order to take part in the show - also claimed Dymond had “serious” mental health issues.
ITV has now released a statement defending its policy of caring for guests appearing on The Jeremy Kyle Show.
A spokesperson said: “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.
“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.”
“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.
“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.
“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.”
The number of politicians, medical professionals and celebrities calling for the talk show - dubbed ‘poverty porn’ - to be axed continues to rise.
A petition campaigning for the show to be permanently cancelled posted on online site 38 Degrees has garnered over 61,000 signatures.