Jeremy Kyle Show audience members says Steve Dymond was visibly upset (Photo by ITV/REX/Shutterstock)Studio audience members at The Jeremy Kyle Show taping that got taken off the air by ITV this week have recalled how guest Steve Dymond ‘cried from the very beginning’.
Witnesses say the distraught participant also ‘collapsed to the ground’ after a failed lie detector suggested that he had been unfaithful to his fiancee Jane Callaghan.
The episode, shot two weeks ago at Granada Studios in Manchester, will not be aired after the digger from Portsmouth died of a suspected suicide four days after filming.
Speaking on BBC News at Ten on Tuesday night, attendee Babette Lucas-Marriott said: ‘[Steve] was crying from the very beginning. He was so convinced he would pass this test and everything would be fine.’
Steven Dymond is alleged to have taken his own life after filming an episode of The Jeremy Kyle Show (Picture: NC)It’s said that host Jeremy asked the guests to introduce themselves to the audience before bringing out the lie detector results and asking the audience: ‘Who thinks he’s gonna pass?’.
‘Ninety-nine per cent of the audience put their hands up,’ Babette recalled. ‘Including myself. Then it said he’d failed.
‘You just saw him collapse to the ground, he couldn’t believe what he’d heard. He was begging his fiancee for forgiveness.’
Steve even returned home from the show ‘sobbing and distraught’ on 2 May, his landlady revealed on Tuesday. Then he was allegedly found dead in his bedroom, days later.
Jeremy Kyle’s long-running show was taken off the air ‘indefinitely’ on Monday after news of the participant’s death left everyone at ITV and The Jeremy Kyle Show ‘shocked and saddened’.
The studio audience will be the only ones to have seen the episode (Photo by ITV/REX/Shutterstock)In a detailed statement issued to Metro.co.uk on Tuesday, ITV bosses reiterated their duty of care to contributors of The Jeremy Kyle Show.
Insisting processes are ‘regularly reviewed’ the statement said: ‘In the case of The Jeremy Kyle Show, the programme has a significant and detailed duty of care processes in place for contributors pre, during and post show, which have been built up over 14 years.
‘There have been numerous positive outcomes from this, including people who have resolved complex and long-standing personal problems.’
The statement detailed a comprehensive assessment prior to the show with one consultant psychotherapist and three mental health nurses.
They say participants are also supported by the guest welfare team ‘throughout’ the recording, immediately before they travel home and one day after recording.
Then, participants are given a production contact number should they need to contact the show at any point following transmission.
Nevertheless, a former crew member has disputed the aftercare process, alleging that it is just for show.
Speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk, the ex-employee – who wished to remain nameless – told us she saw participants egged on by researchers to react in certain ways, and abandoned backstage after the show.
MORE: Ant McPartlin’s ex-wife Lisa Armstrong left ‘distraught by the death of her father’
MORE: Stan Lee’s former manager charged with elder abuse against late Marvel legend