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Jeremy Kyle Viewers Shocked By New Documentary On Contestant’s Suicide

Ali Condon

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Jeremy Kyle Viewers Shocked By New Documentary On Contestant’s Suicide

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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 Dymond tragically took his own life after appearing on The Jeremy Kyle Show. (Credit: Channel 4)
Steve Dymond tragically took his own life after appearing on The Jeremy Kyle Show. (Credit: Channel 4)

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."

 Jane Callaghan had suspected Steve of cheating on her. (Credit: Channel 4)
Jane Callaghan had suspected Steve of cheating on her. (Credit: Channel 4)

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."

(Credit: Twitter)
(Credit: Twitter)

"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".

The Jeremy Kyle Show was abruptly taken off air after Steve's death. (Credit: ITV)
The Jeremy Kyle Show was abruptly taken off air after Steve's death. (Credit: ITV)

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.

Topics: TV And Film, ITV, Channel 4, Documentaries

Ali Condon
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