Benefits Street 4 star Deidre Kelly aka White Dee thinks the show’s producers didn’t provide adequate care to those appearing on the series.
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Benefits Street star White Dee has shut down the Channel 4 show for ‘exploiting’ the cast.
The controversial show followed the lives of several Brummies who lived on “one of Britain’s most interest-dependent streets” in 2014.
Viewers were enthralled while watching White Dee, Smoggy, Samora Roberts (Black Dee) and James Clarke.
But now the Big Brother star, also known as Deidre Kelly, 50, thinks bosses should offer more support to the group.
The mother of two explained that she suddenly found herself in the newspapers when the series was on the air and often expressed grief for the benefit.
She said: “When you talk about support and aftercare there simply isn’t any support. There’s no support while it’s being done and certainly no aftercare.”
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“But nobody told us how to deal with it,” she added. “We are only left to deal with the fallout from the show.”
“We were exploited and left, left to dry,” reports BiminghamLive.
Channel 4 later refuted the claims, saying in a statement: “Psychological support was provided to all present on the series throughout filming, during transmission and advice has been given on the possibility of criticism and nasty comments on social media.
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“All contributors have been given instructions on how to interact with the online community and social media. After unprecedented media attention, production executives have returned to Birmingham to assist. ongoing support to contributors throughout the transmission. Close contact and continued support beyond the transmission.”
Mirror has contacted Love Productions, however the company has previously defended allegations that the show is ‘poverty porn’.
Once an administrator for Birmingham City Council, Dee was unemployed and claimed she was “too depressed to work”.
The street matriarch was praised for always taking care of her neighbours, but moved out right down the street to another part of Birmingham after the show ended.
Later that year Dee joined Celebrity Big Brother.
Appears with celebrities including Lauren Goodger and Seriously come to dance James Jordan, she placed fifth on the show, won by Hollywood star Gary Busey.
While living in the house, Dee admits: “This kind of documentary made us understand in a way.
“And in a different way, it didn’t happen because I’m sitting here. Salvation is that so many people have seen the real us,” she told her housemates.
“A lot of people have called us sponge polishers and scratchers and said we should let our kids leave us.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/channel-4s-benefits-street-star-26514887 Channel 4 Benefits Street star White Dee says cast has been 'despised to death' by bosses