Jeremy Kyle speaks out on documentary which showed him mocking guests

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Jeremy Kyle has responded to the new documentary about his axed talk show insisting, "There are two sides to every story."

The Jeremy Kyle Show was cancelled by ITV in May 2019 after guest Steve Dymond died a week after failing a lie detector test filmed for the reality show. Dymond, 63, is believed to have killed himself but a full inquest has yet to take place.

Channel 4 documentary Jeremy Kyle Show: Death on Daytime aired its first part on Sunday night featuring ex-production staff claiming guests were lied to, baited and manipulated in order to provoke them into fighting on the show.

Kyle, 56, said on Monday on his talkRADIO show: "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.

Steve Dymond was found dead in his home in Portsmouth days after filming an episode of 'The Jeremy Kyle Show' (Steve/Dymond/Facebook)
Steve Dymond was found dead in his home in Portsmouth days after filming an episode of 'The Jeremy Kyle Show'. (Steve/Dymond/Facebook)

"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."

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At a preliminary hearing of the inquest into the death of Dymond, the coroner named Kyle as an "interested person" who, "may have caused or contributed to the death of Stephen Dymond”.

The full inquest into Dymond's death is due to take place at on 28 March.

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Jeremy Kyle can be heard in behind the scenes footage calling guests 'thick as s***'. (ITV)

Death On Daytime featured behind the scenes footage of Kyle telling production staff, "'I don't understand, they're terrible f***ing guests, you've done it again, they're as thick as s***."

Channel 4 said: “Jeremy Kyle was approached for a response to the series. He did not provide a statement for broadcast. We will reflect his position in the film.”

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.

"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.

Jeremy Kyle (Credit: ITV)
Jeremy Kyle (Credit: ITV)

"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."

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After Dymond's death from a drug overdose, Ofcom said programmes such as The Jeremy Kyle Show and Love Island need to make sure that they look after their contributors following concerns about mental health.

For confidential emotional support at times of distress, contact The Samaritans at any time by calling 116 123 or emailing jo@samaritans.org.

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