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Channel 4 viewers were heartbroken after tuning into the harrowing new documentary Jeremy Kyle Show: Death On Daytime.
The two-part exposé took a deep-dive into the once popular ITV reality series, which came to a shocking end in May 2019 when former guest Steve Dymond tragically took his own life after appearing on the show.
Among a number of bombshells in part one of the Channel 4 documentary, the investigation into Steve Dymond's death was particularly distressing for viewers.
Steve had filmed for the show alongside his fiancée Jane Callaghan after she suspected him of cheating on her.
Shortly after filming, the 63-year-old died of a suspected overdose, leaving behind a devastating voice note for his partner.
In the voice note, he said: "I was being so truthful, I really was. I really was.
"I was telling you the truth sweetheart, I was not lying a bit. Not one bit. I was not lying to you, I wouldn't do that to you, I wouldn't.
"I wouldn't cope with it. I would not lie to you again, I swear to God I would not lie to you again. I wouldn't."
According to the documentary, the final text messages sent from his phone read: "I hope the Jeremy Kyle show is so happy now.
“They are responsible for what happens now. I hope this makes good ratings for them. I bet they keep this quiet. Never never never did I cheat on you. Never never. My final words."
Viewers were horrified after tuning in to the documentary, taking to Twitter to discuss the daytime show's treatment of Steve.
One wrote: "My heart is breaking for poor Steve and his partner. #JeremyKyle."
A second tweeted: "This Jeremy Kyle documentary is extremely [disturbing] to say the very very least. So sad that it took what happened to Steve for people to see how truly shocking it actually was. #jeremykyle."
"So many ruined lives. Rest In Peace Steve #JeremyKyle #DeathOnDaytime" added a third.
Another commented: "RIP to Steve diamond he didn't deserve to die like he did #jeremykyle #deathondaytime".
An inquest into Steve Dymond's death is still ongoing.
A pre-inquest was held in June 2020 in front of a House of Commons committee, who claimed that the show "makes a mockery of the 'aftercare' it has claimed to provide."
Elsewhere in the Channel 4 documentary, Steve's ex-fiancée Jane revealed that she had gotten a tattoo of Jeremy Kyle's autograph after Steve's passing, adding that she doesn't blame the host for his death.
She said of Jeremy: "I do feel sorry for him after the backlash he got. I don’t hate Jeremy Kyle, I don’t blame him for it... I can’t put the blame on someone when I’m partly to blame as well."
Jeremy Kyle Show: Death On Daytime continues on Monday night on Channel 4 at 9pm.