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Pictured: Grandfather, 62, who ‘killed himself’ a week after being ‘humiliated’ by Jeremy Kyle

Steven Dymond was said to have been left in tears and feeling suicidal after filming

A 62-year-old grandfather was found dead within days of being ‘humiliated and traumatised’ on The Jeremy Kyle Show when he failed a lie detector test on the programme, his landlady said last night.

Steven Dymond was said to have been left in tears and feeling suicidal after filming for the show with his on-and-off girlfriend Jane Callaghan.

Last night his tearful ex-partner recounted how she told him to ‘get his stuff and go’ when they returned to their home.

She told The Sun: ‘He also kept texting me, leaving voicemails. In one text, he said, ‘I can’t live without you. I just wanted to come and see you. I just wanted to say sorry before I go. My life is not worth living without you’.

The programme, which was due to air this week, was pulled from the TV schedules after the digger driver was found dead in his bedroom on Thursday last week following a suspected suicide.  

Steven Dymond, 62, (pictured) was said to have been left in tears and feeling suicidal after filming for the show with his on-and-off girlfriend

Jane Callaghan with Mr Dymond

Steven Dymond, 62, (pictured) was said to have been left in tears and feeling suicidal after filming for the show with his on-and-off girlfriend Jane Callaghan (pictured right, with Mr Dymond)

The Jeremy Kyle Show was pulled off air by ITV on Monday and suspended indefinitely (file image)

The Jeremy Kyle Show was pulled off air by ITV on Monday and suspended indefinitely (file image)

In the days before his death Mr Dymond had reconnected with his estranged son, who told him he had become a grandfather, although he never got to see his son again or meet his grandchild.

His ex-partner said that he had obtained a doctor’s note so he could go on the show to prove his innocence, despite having some health concerns.

Judge: Show is a human form of bear baiting 

The Jeremy Kyle Show was branded a ‘human form of bear baiting’ by a judge sentencing a man who headbutted his love rival during filming.

Security guard David Staniforth shocked the studio audience when he attacked bus driver Larry Mahoney, leaving him with blood pouring from his nose. 

He had been invited on the show to describe how Mr Mahoney had an affair after moving into their home as a lodger.

Security guard David Staniforth shocked the studio audience when he attacked bus driver Larry Mahoney, leaving him with blood pouring from his nose in 2007

Security guard David Staniforth shocked the studio audience when he attacked bus driver Larry Mahoney, leaving him with blood pouring from his nose in 2007

He claimed he had been riled by Mr Kyle. The programme was aired with the attack edited out, but Mr Mahoney complained to police and Staniforth was arrested. 

He admitted assault and was fined £300. An ITV spokesman said the programme’s security guards had ‘reacted as swiftly as possible to defuse the situation’.

But district judge Alan Berg told Manchester Magistrates’ Court: ‘I have had the misfortune of viewing The Jeremy Kyle Show and it seems to me that its whole purpose is to effect a morbid and depressing display of dysfunctional people who are in some kind of turmoil.’ He said it was ‘a human form of bear baiting’. 

Another show guest killed himself ten months after going on TV to discuss problems in his relationship. Roger Irons, 21, went on the show alongside his partner Matthew Millington in 2007. 

A spokesman for the programme said at the time: ‘His death was not linked to the show and came well after his appearance.’

Miss Callaghan told said: ‘I know we split up a week ago but we were together for two years. He was still my fiancé. I still loved him. As much as he was a pig to me I still loved him.

‘We got engaged Christmas Day 2017. He was crying, the love was real. He was the most generous and loving person. 

‘He was quietly struggling, and we didn’t know at the time. He cheated on me, I know he did. I can’t forgive but I just want him to be alive.’

Miss Callaghan added she had a notification she is about to receive a parcel, and thinks it may be from Mr Dymond.

She said: ‘I can’t see Steve taking his life without explaining it to me first. But he always said he would never love someone else.

‘The doctor had prescribed him morphine for his severe arthritis. But he had stopped taking it in case it affected the lie detector. We didn’t know if it would but he didn’t want to touch anything just in case.’

She added the show’s aftercare team were ‘brilliant’ and made repeated attempts to contact Mr Dymond. 

Mr Dymond’s landlady, who wishes to be known as Shelley, said he was ‘sobbing and distraught’ when he returned to her home in Portsmouth, Hampshire, after filming for The Jeremy Kyle Show on May 2.

She told the Daily Mail last night: ‘Four days later he was dead. I really believe it was the show that tipped him over the edge.’

Shelley, a hospitality worker, 55, said Mr Dymond moved in with her and her son after breaking up with his girlfriend in February amid cheating allegations.

She said he was still in love with Jane Callaghan – who he previously described on Facebook as his fiancee – and had been desperate to prove his faithfulness by taking a lie detector test on the show. But after Mr Dymond failed the test, he told Shelley that the studio audience had turned on him and he thought about suicide in the hours afterwards.

The mother-of-one, who did not attend the filming herself, said: ‘He was sobbing, he said, ‘it’s all gone wrong,’ and said he had failed the lie detector. 

‘He was distraught and devastated. He was traumatised. Steve said it got quite nasty on the show.’

A tearful Miss Callaghan (pictured with Mr Callaghan) said: 'I know we split up a week ago but we were together for two years. He was still my fiancé. I still loved him. As much as he was a pig to me I still loved him

A tearful Miss Callaghan (pictured with Mr Callaghan) said: ‘I know we split up a week ago but we were together for two years. He was still my fiancé. I still loved him. As much as he was a pig to me I still loved him

Steven Dymond was said to have been left in tears and feeling suicidal after filming for the show with his on-and-off girlfriend, Jane Callaghan (pictured)

Steven Dymond was said to have been left in tears and feeling suicidal after filming for the show with his on-and-off girlfriend, Jane Callaghan (pictured)

Kyle is a father-of-four who became engaged to Vicky Burton, 37, his children's former nanny, in February 2018. They are pictured together at the Cheltenham Festival the following month

Kyle is a father-of-four who became engaged to Vicky Burton, 37, his children’s former nanny, in February 2018. They are pictured together at the Cheltenham Festival the following month

She added: ‘He told me that he had wanted to kill himself when he was being driven back to Portsmouth by a taxi that the show had booked. 

We were wound up by producers before going on air, claim mother and son who were on Jeremy Kyle 

Chris Lyons appeared on the show aged 17 with his mother Andi, when they were living on the Isle of Wight and he was abusing drugs and solvents.

The mother and son claimed they were baited by producers while waiting in separate rooms to go on air, with Andi blamed for Chris’s drug issues because she had been through three marriages – even though his father had died.

Chris claimed he defended his mother on the show, but this was edited out – and he passed a drugs test, despite having taken cocaine two nights before.

Chris Lyons and his mother Andi who previously appeared on The Jeremy Kyle Show

Chris Lyons and his mother Andi who previously appeared on The Jeremy Kyle Show

Kyle also offered Chris a job as a runner on the show, but he was told two weeks later that this would be voluntary with no expenses or accommodation.

Chris said at the time of his appearance: ‘It ruined my life. All of a sudden, I wasn’t Chris Lyons any more. I was just that guy off The Jeremy Kyle Show.’

However producers said they were ‘incredibly proud’ of the show helping people ‘via a properly structured and resourced system of help and care’.

Douglas Naylor was the voice of hooliganism when he appeared on the show in his 30s in 2006, pitched against the parents of a Leeds fan who had been killed in Istanbul in 2000 – something he claims he was not warned about.

He said the show portrayed him as a hooligan going to Germany for the World Cup to cause trouble. When he eventually got there, he was deported.

Naylor, a Sheffield Wednesday fan, admitted that he would get involved in organised fights with gangs, but before he appeared on the show he was only known to police in Sheffield.

After appearing on the show, he was fired from his job as a tree surgeon. Naylor said: ‘They wouldn’t say they fired me for going on the show. But they fired me for one mistake, after a whole career in it.’

The TV appearance increased his notoriety, and he ended up in a fight with Sheffield United fans that saw him hit with a lump hammer. He arrived at hospital technically dead and had to be resuscitated twice.

The show gained notoriety in 2007 when security guard David Staniforth became the first person to be convicted of assault on a British talk show after head-butting his love rival, bus driver Larry Mahoney.

David Staniforth (left) headbutted Larry Mahoney (right)

David Staniforth (left) headbutted Larry Mahoney (right)

Staniforth was fined £300 and District Judge Alan Berg voiced his disapproval for the show at a court in Manchester.

He said at the time: ‘It seems to me that the whole purpose of The Jeremy Kyle Show is to effect a morbid and depressing display of dysfunctional people who are in some kind of turmoil.’

‘It is for no more and no less than titillating members of the public who have nothing better to do with their mornings than sit and watch this show which is a human form of bear baiting which goes under the guise of entertainment.’

‘He said he thought about overdosing on his medication and throwing himself out of the moving car. He was just a mess and he was just humiliated.’

Mr Dymond told his landlady and her son that he had told some lies but was adamant he had not cheated on his partner.

Shelley said: ‘I tried to calm him down and sent him to bed with a hot drink.’

Over the next few days Mr Dymond was said to have been ‘obsessed with the lie detector test’ and started to spend more time in his room. When the family had not seen him for a few days they began to worry, but were initially reluctant to disturb him.

But on Thursday – after seeing that his car had not moved – the mother opened the door to his room and found him dead in his bed next to a number of handwritten letters.

Mr Dymond may have died from a morphine overdose – which he was prescribed for his painful arthritis, but friends suspect he may have committed suicide, as reported by The Sun.

She said he had been desperate to get back with his girlfriend and felt the show would give him the support he needed.

‘All he did was talk about her,’ she said. ‘Everything was about his girlfriend. He really admired and loved her to the core. He was like a lost puppy. He was desperate to prove himself.

‘When he first said he was going on the show, I jokingly said, ‘don’t be so stupid’.’ She added that Mr Dymond ‘naively’ thought he would get professional help.

‘He genuinely thought he was going to get some counselling and some therapy from the show. He said, ‘we will get all the care we need’,’ she said.

‘His words were, ‘They will help us and they have got the best teams in the country. They have got all the best counsellors’. He was naïve and really thought that.’

The family said they believe that Mr Dymond killed himself after they last spoke to him on Monday night. That was the last time Mr Dymond’s son was able to get hold of him. Shelley and her adult son described Mr Dymond as a ‘gentle giant’, adding: ‘He was a very quiet and charming.’

Shelley said she is ‘outraged and angered’ by how Mr Dymond was treated by ITV and The Jeremy Kyle Show.

She said: ‘It’s disgusting. Jeremy Kyle is paid so much, and for what? To destroy people for entertainment?

‘How many people has the show emotionally destroyed? We don’t know how many people who may have killed themselves.

‘There is no proper after-care because if there was, would he have killed himself within four days off going on there? They could have prevented this. They should be held to account.’

The mother said the show’s directors rushed down to Portsmouth on Saturday after she reported his death. They didn’t come down when he needed them,’ she added. ‘The show tipped him over the edge. They humiliated him.’

The mother said she and her son now struggle with being inside their home since discovering Mr Dymond’s body. She said: ‘My home will never feel the same again. I cannot get it out of my head.’

ITV has wiped all episodes of the programme from its on-demand service the ITV Hub.

Episodes will not be airing on ITV2, although show’s official YouTube account still has clips from the programme available to watch.

An ITV spokesman said: ‘Everyone at ITV and The Jeremy Kyle Show is shocked and saddened at the news of the death of a participant in the show a week after the recording of the episode they featured in and our thoughts are with their family and friends. ITV will not screen the episode in which they featured.

‘Given the seriousness of this event, ITV has also decided to suspend both filming and broadcasting of The Jeremy Kyle Show with immediate effect in order to give it time to conduct a review of this episode of the show.’  

Sophie Gradon

Mike Thalassitis

ITV’s Love Island star Sophie Gradon (left), 32, who appeared on series two in 2016 was found dead last June, while Mike Thalassitis (right), 26, who took part a year later, died in March

The tabloid talk show sees host Kyle and psychotherapist Graham Stanier help the guests talk through their personal issues in front of a studio audience. 

Transgender lottery winner Melissa Ede dies a week after suffering crushing chest pains

Transgender lottery winner Melissa Ede has died aged 58, just a year and a half after scooping her £4million jackpot.

Melissa Ede, 58, who won £4million on a scratchcard, is pictured after her win

Melissa Ede, 58, who won £4million on a scratchcard, is pictured after her win

The former taxi driver from Hull died on Saturday evening, her fiancee Rachel Nason confirmed yesterday.

Melissa became a multimillionaire after winning on a £10 National Lottery scratchcard in December 2017 and was well known for appearing on daytime TV shows including Jeremy Kyle and Judge Rinder.

Ms Ede claimed her four children had ‘disowned’ her after she transitioned and had previously said they would not be getting any of her money.

She famously appeared on Jeremy Kyle when her daughter found out she was not Ms Ede’s biological child.

Episode 16 of series 17 was due to be broadcast on ITV on Monday, with the blurb in the Radio Times saying: ‘The host invites guests to air their differences over family and relationship issues, and provides them with his own brand of no-nonsense advice.’ 

Viewers took to Twitter on Monday to ask ITV why the show was not on this morning. Ellen Briggs said: ‘Where is Jeremy Kyle gone? #findjezza.’

Another tweeted ITV to ask: ‘Please explain why Jeremy Kyle has been replaced this morning… inquiring minds need to know.’

Danniella Westbrook and Chris Maloney were due to appear on a celebrity special of The Jeremy Kyle Show on Tuesday, but said it would be back on at a later date.

Former X Factor singer Maloney told Mirror Online that the suspension was only ‘temporary’, adding: ‘It will be aired at a later date.

‘I haven’t been told the new TX date. It’s really sad news. I’m not sure of the actual details surrounding it, but my thoughts are with the family at this time.’

EastEnders actress Westbrook tweeted that the episode would not air tomorrow, adding: ‘I’m hoping you guys get to see it at a later date.’

More than 3,000 episodes of The Jeremy Kyle Show have been shown on ITV since July 2005, when it first appeared as a replacement for Trisha.

The daytime programme has become known for its argumentative discussions in front of a studio audience about guests’ personal and relationship problems.

One of ITV’s most popular daytime shows in Britain, a US version of the show was less successful, and ended in 2013 after two seasons.  

The long-running ITV chat show is filmed at MediaCity in Salford, Greater Manchester

The long-running ITV chat show is filmed at MediaCity in Salford, Greater Manchester

The show has faced significant criticism, including from a judge in Manchester in September 2007 who condemned it as a ‘human form of bear baiting’.

District judge Alan Berg had been sentencing security guard David Staniforth who had headbutted bus driver Larry Mahoney during a row on stage.

He said at the time: ‘It seems to me that the whole purpose of The Jeremy Kyle Show is to effect a morbid and depressing display of dysfunctional people who are in some kind of turmoil.’

‘It is for no more and no less than titillating members of the public who have nothing better to do with their mornings than sit and watch this show which is a human form of bear baiting which goes under the guise of entertainment.’ 

Producers claim guests are asked before each show how they would deal with potential outcomes to enable the team to assess their possible reactions. 

The show also has various aftercare provisions for guests, including mental health nurses, counsellors and therapists who can help them following their appearance.

It follows criticism of ITV’s Love Island after Sophie Gradon, 32, who appeared on series two of the hit reality show in 2016 was found dead last June, while Mike Thalassitis, 26, who took part a year later, died in March.

After a review, ITV said it would provide ‘bespoke training’ to all future contestants and ‘offer therapy to all Islanders and not only those that reach out to us’.

Kyle himself is a father-of-four who most recently became engaged to Vicky Burton, 37, his children’s former nanny in the Caribbean in February 2018.

The couple began dating in 2016 – a year after Kyle’s 13-year marriage to his second wife, Carla Germaine, 43, ended. His first marriage was to secretary Kirsty Holt.

Kyle, whose father worked as an accountant to the Queen Mother, has a net worth of about £4million and has successfully battled testicular cancer.

Kyle previously joked in an ITV profile that he would be ‘unemployable’ if he was not presenting the show, adding: ‘There are a few people who actually think I’m alright.’ 

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Calls for Jeremy Kyle Show to be PERMANENTLY axed after death of guest – with MPs branding it ‘very, very unattractive TV’ 

By Emine Sinmaz, Alisha Rouse and Inderdeep Bains

ITV was plunged into crisis last night by the death of a father who was ‘humiliated’ on The Jeremy Kyle Show.

Steven Dymond died in a suspected suicide a week after filming an episode of the controversial daytime chat show. The 62-year-old had gone on the programme with his former girlfriend.

He is said to have been left devastated after being confronted in the TV studio about allegations of infidelity.

He was also asked to sit a lie detector test, a regular feature of the show. According to friends, he was labelled a liar after he failed the test.

Mr Dymond, who had just found out he was a grandfather, called his friends in tears after filming the show, which had been due to air yesterday.

Damian Collins, who chairs the Commons digital, culture, media and sport committee, said: ‘TV companies have a duty to care to the people who take part in their programmes,’

Damian Collins, who chairs the Commons digital, culture, media and sport committee, said: ‘TV companies have a duty to care to the people who take part in their programmes,’

In a dramatic move, ITV halted the scheduled broadcast, suspended filming of the show and removed all past episodes from its catch-up website.

MPs called for the show, which has been on air since 2005, to be scrapped because it exploited vulnerable people. ‘TV companies have a duty to care to the people who take part in their programmes,’ said Damian Collins, who chairs the Commons digital, culture, media and sport committee.

‘Clearly it would be totally unacceptable for a vulnerable person to be exploited in the making of the show, and then left to pick up the pieces by themselves.’ Simon Hart, who is a member of the same committee, said: ‘Jeremy Kyle is car-crash TV which revels in people’s terrible misfortune and sometimes their vulnerabilities.

‘We don’t know what’s happened in this case but people need to be looked after during and after the show.

‘It’s beholden on TV producers and management to satisfy themselves that people are fully prepared for what these programmes have in store for them and that people are properly looked after.’

Charles Walker, the Tory vice chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on suicide and self-harm prevention, said he would be surprised if the show returned to the air. ‘Exposing quite vulnerable people to ridicule is really not compatible with the mores of the second decade of the 21st century,’ he added. ‘On reflection ITV would be best advised just to stop it. It’s a very, very unattractive TV show and I’m surprised it’s gone on so long.’

The controversy follows the deaths of two contestants on ITV’s Love Island. Sophie Gradon, 32, who appeared on series two in 2016, was found dead last June, while Mike Thalassitis, 26, who took part a year later, died in March.

After a review into their deaths, the station promised to provide ‘bespoke training’ to all future contestants and ‘offer therapy to all Islanders and not only those that reach out to us’. Shelley, a friend of Mr Dymond who did not want to give her surname, said he had moved into her flat in Portsmouth on a tenancy basis after splitting up from his girlfriend in February.

She said the digger driver and father of one had called her in tears after he filming, adding: ‘He was sobbing down the phone. He said ‘It’s all gone wrong’ and said he had failed the lie detector.’

She discovered Mr Dymond’s body in his room in her flat a week later, last Thursday.

The incident is likely to lead to serious questions for ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall. ITV said the episode featuring Mr Dymond would be submitted for a review due to the ‘seriousness of this event’. A spokesman said: ‘Everyone at ITV and The Jeremy Kyle Show is shocked and saddened at the news of the death of a participant in the show a week after the recording of the episode they featured in and our thoughts are with their family and friends.

‘ITV will not screen the episode in which they featured. Given the seriousness of this event, ITV has also decided to suspend both filming and broadcasting of The Jeremy Kyle Show with immediate effect in order to give it time to conduct a review of this episode of the show.

‘The Jeremy Kyle Show has significant and detailed duty of care processes in place for contributors pre, during and post show which have been built up over 14 years. We are reviewing this episode and not making any further comment until this review is complete.’

A source added that Mr Dymond was ‘calm and collected’ when he left the show and that he had not been ordered off the stage.

A spokesman from Hampshire Police said last night: ‘I can confirm that we were called at 1.24pm on Thursday 9 May following the discovery of a body of a man in his 60s at an address in, Portsmouth.

‘The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.’

Additional reporting: Jack Doyle, Andy Dolan, Alex Ward

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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