Jeremy Kyle guest star Steve Dymond’s heartbreaking final passages seen in new documentary
Steve Dymond’s sad final messages have been revealed, sent before he took his own life after failing a lie detector test on The Jeremy Kyle show.
They form part of an investigation into an alleged lack of interest in certain guests and staff on ITV programming.
Steve died of a suspected drug overdose at age 63 in 2019 after he was filmed trying to show fiancée Jane Callaghan, 51, he wasn’t cheating on her.
But tests, not 100% accurate, showed he lied and their relationship ended, 10 days later he took his own life.
His final text read: “I hope Jeremy Kyle’s performance is happy now.
“They have to take responsibility for what happens now. I hope this makes good ratings for them. I bet they keep it quiet.
“You never lied to me. Never, never. My last word. ”
The show had been running for 14 years but ITV bosses canceled it after the tragedy.
At the time, Kyle said, “Myself and the production team are both completely devastated by recent events.
“Our thoughts and sympathies are with Steve’s family and friends.”
But a new Channel 4 documentary investigating the show says Steve’s episode, which has never aired, will embarrass him.
One program staff member said of the investigation: “I felt like I had blood on my hands. We felt as if we had killed someone.”
Steve’s landlady, Shelley Thaxter, 58, who found his body, said: “Steve told me that when he was on this stage, Jeremy Kyle was basically inside he, [saying] you’re a liar.
“He couldn’t step off the stage. It’s like a cat caught in the headlights.”
When she called the show’s producers to tell them about his death, she claims their first reaction was to worry about losing their job.
Steve’s ex Jane told the documentary that she liked the show and had Kyle’s autograph tattoo on her arm, but later said she was on medication for what it did to her that.
She said: “He was [expressed suicidal thoughts before] but he always said it. I feel so sorry for him, I don’t think he’s going to do it.”
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All the guests of the program were recommended to detox.
In unseen footage shown on the documentary, Kyle is heard telling colleagues: “They are terrible guests. They’re as thick as a ***.”
Channel 4 said: “Jeremy Kyle has been approached for feedback on the series. He did not provide a statement for the broadcast. We will reflect on his place in the film.”
“The program has a detailed and extensive mandate of care processes for contributors built over 14 years,” said ITV.
“If they ask for help continuously, the right solutions are found. Due to the serious nature of the events in May 2019, ITV decided to discontinue production of the show. It would not be appropriate to comment further on that before this month’s investigation.
“ITV does not accept this show’s central accusation of a ‘bad culture’ within the production team. ITV will never tolerate any of its production staff misleading or lying to guests.
“All guests were aware of the nature of the performance and the style of the presenter prior to participating. All guests agreed to participate in writing.
“Since 2018, ITV has made significant strides in regards to its mission of caring for participants.”
Disturb call requires ‘weekly’
The production staff said they had people call them regularly to say they would take their lives after appearing on the show.
They said that guests would beg their episodes not to be aired, while staff were pressured to show episodes.
One woman whistleblower on a Channel 4 documentary said: “Almost every week, there will probably be two calls per week from people saying that and your duty is to be a non-expert. mental health is to determine if they are telling the truth.
“Who am I at the age of 21 to determine if someone wants to commit suicide?”
One male worker alleged: “There is always a sense of justification for what we are doing. Maybe Steve Dymond will feel uncomfortable every week.
“You’re meeting people who are mentally or physically vulnerable, thinking, ‘I don’t think you even have the strength to do this. But it’s like an insane amount of pressure.
“This is a big TV job. You have to keep moving forward.”
Producer Natasha Reddican, who booked Steve, took her life in February 2020.
Employees also claim that they feel brainwashed into believing that polygraph tests are 99% accurate.
Former workers say they are in treatment after what happened to Steve and one said they felt they had a “black spot in my soul”.
“The program has a detailed and extensive mandate on care processes,” said ITV.
‘My wife was the first person JK committed suicide’
Steve Dymond isn’t the only guest to take his own life after appearing on a show Jeremy Kyle was hosting – one such death happened in 2005.
Paul Pawson, 57, was on the Channel 5 show Britain’s Worst Husband with his wife Erica, who claimed her life after filming an episode of the series.
Paul told Channel 4: “I remember when I heard about Steve [Dymond] dying. I was here to watch Good Morning Britain.
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“I said, ‘What the hell is that? They didn’t stop the show for my wife’.
“She committed suicide after participating in the JK show, October 2005. When my wife died, they did nothing.”
They continued to hope to help their relationship, but Erica heeded Kyle’s advice to throw out Paul and then overdose on painkillers.
Meanwhile, Natasha Reddican, the producer who placed Mr Dymond on the show, took her own life in February 2020. And Emma Ibbertson, Adrian Hughes’ former partner, said he had attempted suicide. after joining the show in 2015 for claims he had stolen a bracelet from a friend.
In response, ITV said all of the show’s guests were supported “before filming, during filming and after filming”. It also offers a range of ongoing support including “rehabilitation, counseling, anger management and mediation”.
* The two-part documentary Jeremy Kyle Show – Death on Daytime begins at 9 p.m. Sunday on channel 4.
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