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Jeremy Kyle Says His Lawyers Are Looking Into ‘False And Damaging’ Allegations Made By Channel 4

Claire Reid

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Jeremy Kyle Says His Lawyers Are Looking Into ‘False And Damaging’ Allegations Made By Channel 4

Jeremy Kyle has been in touch with lawyers in regards to launching legal action against a new Channel 4 documentary, in which former Jeremy Kyle Show staff brand him as ‘incredibly nasty’ and speak about the pressure they were under while working on the show. 

The TV host fronted The Jeremy Kyle Show for 14 years, until it was taken off air in 2019 following the death of guest Steven Dymond, who took his own life after taking part in the show. 

Jeremy Kyle has been branded a 'bully'. Credit: ITV
Jeremy Kyle has been branded a 'bully'. Credit: ITV

A new documentary, titled Jeremy Kyle: Death on Daytime, is set to air over two nights on Channel 4 - and features interviews with former staff and guests. 

One ex-producer told the programme that they weren’t allowed to eat until they had booked people for the show and another said Kyle was 'incredibly nasty and demeaning' while filming.

Now, Kyle has issued a statement refuting the allegations made in the documentary and has revealed that he has contacted lawyers. 

In a statement to The Sun, Kyle said: “I would like to reiterate my deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Mr Dymond.

“I’ve consistently maintained it would be inappropriate to discuss the tragic death of Steve Dymond before the legal inquest into it has concluded.

Kristie appeared on the show back in 2018 and 2019. Credit: ITV
Kristie appeared on the show back in 2018 and 2019. Credit: ITV

“Likewise, the false and damaging allegations made against me by Channel 4 are with the lawyers now.

‘No doubt ITV will address the issues raised by Channel 4 around ITV’s production of The Jeremy Kyle Show themselves, it would be wrong for me to speak on their behalf.

“Now is not the time to debate or discuss what is an ongoing legal process. When I can respond, I will.”

In a statement, ITV said: "The Jeremy Kyle Show was broadcast for 14 years. In that time, more than 20,000 people took part in the show seeking help to resolve relationship issues, or to address drug or alcohol related problems.

"The central purpose of the show was conflict resolution, and the show achieved many positive outcomes where people were able to resolve personal problems.

The Jeremy Kyle Show was cancelled back in 2019. Credit: ITV
The Jeremy Kyle Show was cancelled back in 2019. Credit: ITV

"The Jeremy Kyle Show had extensive and detailed duty of care processes in place for contributors built up over 14 years. It had a dedicated guest welfare team of mental healthcare professionals with decades of experience in NHS mental healthcare, who were focused on the welfare of guests throughout the production process.

"Guests were supported by the programme and welfare teams prior to filming, throughout filming and after filming. Should they require ongoing help then appropriate solutions were found for them, which could include residential rehabilitation, counselling, anger management, family mediation, child access mediation or couples counselling. 

"Due to the gravity of events in May 2019, namely the death of a guest a few days after taking part in the show, ITV decided to end production of the show.

Kyle has insisted his lawyers are looking into the 'false and damaging' allegations. Credit: Alamy
Kyle has insisted his lawyers are looking into the 'false and damaging' allegations. Credit: Alamy

"It would not be appropriate for ITV to comment further on that in advance of the inquest to be held later this month.

"ITV does not accept the central allegation of this programme of a “bad culture” within the production team. ITV would never condone any of its production staff misleading or lying to guests.

"All guests on The Jeremy Kyle Show were aware of the nature of the show and the presenter’s style before taking part in recording. Most of those who applied to appear watched the show themselves. All guests gave their informed consent, in writing, to take part. Since 2018, ITV had taken significant steps in relation to its duty of care of participants. ITV issued detailed new guidance to all its producers on protecting participants in October 2019. "

Jeremy Kyle: Death On Daytime airs tonight and tomorrow on Channel 4 at 9pm.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Jeremy Kyle, TV and Film

Claire Reid
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