Former employees of The Jeremy Kyle Show talked about the strategies used to create excitement and dramatic outcomes for the participants.
The morning talk show, hosted by broadcaster Jeremy Kyle, first aired on ITV in 2005.
It was canceled in 2019 after a former contestant, Steve Dymond, died by suicide after appearing on the show.
A new documentary series Jeremy Kyle Show: Death by Dayis meant to reveal some of the show’s tactics to maximize drama.
Individuals who previously worked on the show appear during the Channel 4 exposé, using actors’ voices to disguise their identities.
Some talked about how they were encouraged to get the show’s guests excited before they arrived on stage.
A former worker explained, “You would love to see a girl come up, you know, shy, quiet, scrawny, and you’d be with that girl all day and you’d turn her into this ball of fire.”
Another claim made by the show’s former staff was that guests dealing with addiction issues were competing with others for a single rehab bed, even though there was room for everyone.
Elsewhere in the revealing documentary, former employees recounted how they regularly received calls from guests threatening to kill themselves. In response, they tried to talk them out of it so the show would air and “no money was wasted.”
Regarding Dymond’s death, a former employee admitted to the filmmakers: “I felt like I had blood on my hands. We felt like we killed someone.”
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The former employees also expressed their belief that they personally suffered from the demands of the program.
“Everyone was exploited without knowing it and if you went along you were fine and if you didn’t you were fired,” one said.
Another former employee described his time working on the program as “like a black mark on my soul,” while a backstage cameraman claimed to have seen “back-to-back psychological carnage.”
A statement from ITV said: “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.”
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