JEREMY Kyle has called in lawyers against the creators of a Channel 4 documentary in which former employees of the now-cancelled TV show claim guests were ‘cheated’ and ‘exploited’ by ITV staff.
The veteran broadcaster ran The Jeremy Kyle Show for 14 years until 2019.
It was canceled following the death of guest Steve Dymond, who took his own life days after he was suspected of cheating on his fiancee when he failed a lie detector test in May 2019.
Claims made in the hour-long documentary include former ITV production staff explaining how they exploited guests to make their behavior more extreme.
A source close to Jeremy says many of the claims made in the documentary are proven to be false.
In a statement, Jeremy himself said: “I would like to extend my deepest condolences to Mr Dymond’s friends and family.
“I have repeatedly maintained that it would be inappropriate to discuss Steve Dymond’s tragic death before the legal investigation is complete.
“Likewise, the false and damaging allegations made against me by Channel 4 are now with the solicitors.
“No doubt ITV will itself address the issues raised by Channel 4 in relation to ITV’s production of The Jeremy Kyle Show, it would be wrong for me to speak on their behalf.
“Now is not the time to debate or discuss what an ongoing court case is. If I can answer, I will.”
The inquest into Steve Dymond’s death will take place later this month.
In the documentary, Steve Dymond’s ex-fiancée Jane speaks out and says she doesn’t blame Jeremy for what happened to Steve.
Steve took his own life at the age of 63 after appearing on The Jeremy Kyle Show and said in a note to Jane: “I couldn’t live another day without you. I lied to you, but I could never have cheated on you.
“I really got on the Jeremy Kyle show to prove to you that I never cheated, but it all went wrong. I love you forever.”
In the documentary, Jane says of Jeremy, “I think he’s brilliant. I feel sorry for him because he lost his job.
“I don’t hate Jeremy Kyle and I didn’t blame him. I can’t blame anyone when I feel like I’m complicit.”
The show hears from Emma Ibbertson, whose partner Adrian Hughes attempted suicide after appearing on the show in 2015.
Paul Pawson, 57, tells the documentary that his wife Erica took her own life in 2005 after he was exposed as a fraud on the show and says he literally “beat himself up” until after her death he was black and white was blue.
David Staniforth – who appeared on the show in 2007 after his 26-year-old wife left him for a close friend – claimed staff goaded him all day before attacking his love rival on stage.
Producers who worked for ITV are also accused of lying to addicts’ families by telling them they were competing with three other guests for a spot in rehab.
In a statement, ITV said: “More than 20,000 people took part in the show seeking help with resolving relationship issues or with drug or alcohol related issues… and the show achieved many positive outcomes.
“The show had a dedicated guest relations team of mental health professionals. Guests were supported before filming, during filming and after filming.
“ITV does not accept the show’s central charge of ‘bad culture’ within the production team. ITV would never tolerate any of its production staff misleading or lying to guests.”
ITV said all guests were “aware of the nature of the show and the style of the presenter” and gave their written consent.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/tv/17920212/jeremy-kyle-legal-action-documentary/ Jeremy Kyle is taking legal action after Channel 4 document claims guests on his ITV show were “scammed and taken advantage of”.