Jeremy Kyle Show linked to other suicides following axeing after guest's death

Television talk show host Jeremy Kyle during a portrait session at the Hoxton Hotel in east London, ahead of the launch of his new book "I'm only being honest".
The Jeremy Kyle Show has been linked to other suicides, according to The Sun (Picture: PA)

The Jeremy Kyle show is facing further scandal after being linked to other suicides of people who had appeared on it.

Two other guests took their own lives after appearing on the under-fire show, according to reports

Erica Pawson, 33, took an overdose after her husband Paul dumped her on Kyle’s advice after appearing on the programme while former boxer Paul McCarthy, 31, reportedly also took his own life just three months after appearing on the show in 2014.

The long-running talk show was axed on Wednesday over the suspected suicide of Stephen Dymond following his appearance on the show.

A picture shows the logo of broadcaster ITV at their MediaCityUK studios in Salford, Greater Manchester, northwest England, on May 14, 2019. - All episodes of a popular British talk show have been pulled from the internet and filming has been suspended after the reported suicide of a former guest Tuesday. Broadcaster ITV pulled its most popular daytime show "The Jeremy Kyle Show" off air indefinitely following the death of 63-year-old Steve Dymond, a week after he appeared on an episode. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)        (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
ITV axed the Jeremy Kyle Show after the suspected suicide of a guest (Picture: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Paul Lawson, 54, of Louth, Lincolnshire, told The Sun that he walked out on his wife Erica and their teenage daughter because of advice Kyle repeatedly gave him during a show segment called Britain’s Worst Husband.

He claimed when he and Erica went on the show there were no checks on their mental health beforehand, despite the fact she suffered from depression and had previously taken overdoses.


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He said the pair were separated for hours during filming and producers “slagged him off” to provoke his fragile wife, while Kyle repeatedly urged him to leave her.

After filming, Paul moved out and Erica was found dead after overdosing in October 2005.

At an inquest, the coroner said the show had affected their marriage, The Sun reported.

Paul said appearing on the show had destroyed the lives of him, his wife and his daughter and Mr Dymond’s death could have been avoided if producers had learned lessons from his wife’s death.

He said: “Why didn’t they suspend the programme when my wife died? We never got counselling, we didn’t get anything.

“My daughter has had to see a specialist counsellor because of what happened.”

The Daily Mirror also reported that boxer Paul McCarthy was found dead on July 3, 2014, after appearing on the show in March 2014.

His dad Kevin said: "The Jeremy Kyle Show is a disgrace.

"The coroner at Paul’s inquest used the words bear-baiting in connection with the experience."