Polly Hudson says this week’s documentary Jeremy Kyle Show: Death On Daytime is shocking because it shows abuse behind the scenes, as well as the producers who sometimes work until 4 a.m.
That is the crux of many jokes. TV is famous for demeaning, exploiting, damaging. However, this week’s documentary, Jeremy Kyle Show: Death On Daytime, claims the truth is even worse than we thought.
If so, this show’s permission to destroy lives for 14 years, hidden in plain sight like a jewel in the crown of ITV’s morning schedule, is a matter of national shame.
We knew it was a hoax, that the guests were tricked, manipulated into providing the most sensational version of their story. But the time that the producers have gone through, according to whistleblowers and former guests, is astounding and unbelievably cruel.
Dominique Bishop joins The Jeremy Kyle Show as a last, desperate attempt to help her daughter, Kristie, who is addicted to heroin.
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She said she was told there were three families competing for a rehab place, and she would have to fight for it. This is horrible even if it is true, but – somehow more embarrassingly – it is alleged to be a lie. There is no other family. One of the producers admitted, “It was to get emotional on stage. They always go to their destination. “
These producers, mostly young people, working in television for the first time, were already under enormous pressure to book guests. Victim, let Kyle tear the body to pieces. Most of us have seen him, even if only briefly, put on vulnerable people, yell at them, judge, mock.
But, despite everything we’ve witnessed, the behind-the-scenes footage of the abuse in the documentary is still shocking. The disdain he had for the guests, staff, and studio audience, really gave him chills. Mainly because he didn’t even bother to hide it.
And so it’s been claimed that manufacturers who sometimes work until 4 a.m., often not moving from their desks for 15 hours at a time, in fear of their work, have become insensitivity. They did whatever was needed. That allegedly included bombarding potential guests with calls, faking mental health checklists and running between locker rooms, telling each other that the other was saying bad things. bad about them, to distract them.
After Steve Dymond’s arrival, he told staff he didn’t want to live any longer – but, apparently, at the time, this was nothing new.
One producer stated: “Every week, in the dressing room, where someone is going to start, come out and say I’m going to kill myself after this. And maybe two calls a week from people who say they’ll take their lives if the episode airs. ”
Mr. Dymond was found dead a few days after his appearance was taped, in May 2019. As a result, The Jeremy Kyle Show was cancelled.
Responding to the ITV documentary said more than 20,000 people have joined the Jeremy Kyle Show “to work through relationship problems or to deal with drug or alcohol-related problems” and that they have “achieved a lot.” positive results”.
The channel still insists that the show is about helping people.
And it’s true that at times, they end up helping people who can’t afford the counseling, rehabilitation, mediation or anger management they’ve been given after being publicized by Kyle. Depression. Dominique Bishop credits the program for returning Kristie to her within 15 months of her being clean after rehab.
Her daughter then relapsed, and then passed away, making that time all the more precious.
But being forced to turn to Jeremy Kyle is actually a deal with the devil.
It’s hard to believe we’re accepting this show on the air, treating it like a comedy when it’s actually a tragedy. We should have protested in the streets. These are real people, have real lives, and the consequences many of them have suffered – are still suffering – are all too real.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/we-treated-jeremy-kyle-show-26476865 'We treat The Jeremy Kyle Show as a comedy, but it's actually a tragedy' - Polly Hudson