Now Jeremy Kyle’s staff complain of a lack of aftercare: Crew members are left ‘shaken and upset’ after being ‘hung out to dry’ when show was axed following death of guest
- Steven Dymond, 63, died less than a week after failing a lie detector test on show
- The programme featuring him was pulled by ITV and was due to air on Monday
- Staff complained of a lack of aftercare now the daytime show has been axed
Jeremy Kyle crew members have been left ‘shaken and upset’ after being ‘hung out to dry’ when the show was axed following the death of a guest.
The show has been heavily criticised by former guests who have slammed the treatment they received and poor levels of aftercare in the wake of Steven Dymond’s suspected suicide.
And now upset staff are suddenly on the look-out for new jobs after it was revealed ITV was axing the daytime show after 14 years.
But, in a strange twist of fate, the crew have complained of a lack of aftercare by TV bosses – the very thing guests bemoaned about the show.
A source told The Sun : ‘Some of the staff involved in the production of that specific episode are shaken up by the whole thing.
Steven Dymond (left), 63, was said to have been left in tears and feeling suicidal after filming for the show with his on-and-off girlfriend Jane Callaghan (right, with Mr Dymond)
‘They worked with Steve and all of a sudden the tragedy happened and they’re left looking for work.
‘They’ve not had any support either.
‘Everyone’s a bit confused and some have immediately started applying for other things. The staff have been left out to dry basically.’
A spokesman for ITV said: ‘We know this is a very difficult time for all of colleagues connected to the the show and are doing everything we can to support them.
‘We are looking for all possible redeployment opportunities on our existing and potential programmes and have offered them all professional help and guidance for anyone who needs it.’
Steven Dymond, 63, died less than a week after failing a lie detector test while filming an episode of the controversial ITV daytime chat show, which he had gone on with his on-and-off girlfriend Jane Callaghan.
Mr Dymond, 63, died less than a week after failing a lie detector test while filming an episode of the controversial ITV daytime chat show, which he had gone on with his on-and-off girlfriend Jane Callaghan.
He had appeared on the show on May 2 before his body was found at a block of flats in Portsmouth on May 9, although South Central Ambulance officials said he had been dead ‘for a number of days’.
The daytime show, due to air this week, was pulled from the TV schedules after Mr Dymond was found dead in his bedroom in Portsmouth last Thursday.
Mr Dymond is said to have been left devastated and suicidal after being confronted in the TV studio at MediaCity in Salford about allegations of infidelity.
Miss Callaghan said Mr Dymond was determined to go in front of the cameras despite health fears and had a doctor’s letter confirming he was OK to appear.
He had been diagnosed with depression for the first time in February – the same month when he was due to attend Southampton Magistrates’ Court – when their relationship broke down, and was prescribed anti-depressants, Miss Callaghan said.
On March 17, he shared a Facebook post from Mental Health Prime saying: ‘So many suffer alone. Let’s send love today to every person who is battling depression.’
But she claimed a doctor later said he looked ‘fine and happy’ despite him not taking any of the tablets, and he was provided with the letter which gave him the all-clear.
Mr Dymond, who was living in Portsmouth and had just heard he was a grandfather, called friends in tears after filming the show, which had been due to air yesterday.
MPs called for the show, on air since 2005, to be scrapped because it exploited vulnerable people.
How does Jeremy Kyle Show’s aftercare work?
The Jeremy Kyle Show has various aftercare provisions for guests, including mental health nurses, counsellors and therapists who can help them following their appearance.
But concerns have been raised that not enough is being done to help guests, especially following the deaths of two contestants on ITV’s Love Island.
Sophie Gradon, 32, who appeared on series two in 2016, was found dead last June, while Mike Thalassitis, 26, who took part a year later, died in March.
After a review into their deaths, ITV promised to provide ‘bespoke training’ to all future contestants and ‘offer therapy to all Islanders and not only those that reach out to us’.
TV psychologist Honey Langcaster-James, who has worked on the likes of Love Island, insisted the TV industry must provide proper aftercare.
She told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘All the producers I’ve ever met and worked with have, really, wanted to do the right thing by contributors.
‘But they’re not mental health providers, they don’t necessarily understand what the differences are between, say, a psychologist, a psychotherapist, a counsellor.’
Jeremy Kyle producers insist they take all the correct precautions to ensure the safety of guests.
An ITV spokesman said the show has ‘significant and detailed duty of care processes in place for contributors pre, during and post show which have been built up over 14 years’.
But Shelley, the landlady who found Steve Dymond’s body, said: ‘There is no proper aftercare because if there was, would he have killed himself within four days off going on there?’
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