Steve Dymond called the Jeremy Kyle Show producers over “300 times” in a bid to appear on the ITV chat show.
The claim comes from a member of the public who was in the audience during the filming of the episode that featured Dymond.
Speaking to The Sun Online, Aiden Dugdale said of Dymond, who is believed to have taken his own life after failing a lie detector test: "He explained to us in the audience that he’d tried to come on the show before.
"He said he’d called about 300 times. Jeremy Kyle even joked about it, saying: ‘Does anyone at ITV ever answer the phones?’
In the aftermath of his death, ITV made the decision to permanently pull the show from the schedule.
A statement from the broadcaster’s CEO Carolyn McCall read: “Given the gravity of recent events we have decided to end production of The Jeremy Kyle Show.
“The Jeremy Kyle Show has had a loyal audience and has been made by a dedicated production team for 14 years, but now is the right time for the show to end.
“Everyone at ITV’s thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Steve Dymond.”
Kyle has since spoken out about the incident by revealing that he is “devastated”.
“Myself and the production team I have worked with for the last 14 years are all utterly devastated by the recent events. Our thoughts and sympathies are with Steve’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time,” he told the publication.
In the aftermath of Dymond’s death, viewers have called for more to be done to care for those who appear on reality TV shows.