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‘I was hunted and scapegoated’: Jeremy Kyle breaks silence on ITV sacking

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‘I was hunted down and made a scapegoat’: Jeremy Kyle breaks silence over ITV sacking that left him unable to open the curtains and take pills for his anxiety following the show guest’s suicide

  • Jeremy Kyle, 56, lost his daytime show after contestant’s suspected suicide
  • Steven Dymond, 63, was found dead week on the show in 2019
  • Took a lie detector test to convince his fiance he wasn’t unfaithful, but failed
  • Kyle believes he was ‘scapegoated’ and then fell into depression
  • For confidential support, call the Samaritans at 116123, or visit samaritans.org










Jeremy Kyle has revealed he fell into depression and had to take pills for anxiety after his show was canceled following the death of a guest.

The former daytime TV host said he couldn’t leave the house “or even open the curtains” after being left “completely devastated” by the loss of his job.

The show was shut down in May 2019 after Steven Dymond, 63, allegedly committed suicide less than a week after failing a lie detector test while filming an episode of the show. That show was not broadcast.

Breaking his silence on the axe, Kyle, 56, told The sun he felt “terrible” for becoming “scapegoat” for death, saying accusations “often seemed to be only against me.”

Jeremy Kyle has revealed he fell into depression and had to take pills for anxiety after his show was canceled following the death of a guest

“I’ve felt hounded and held responsible for everything that ever happened around that show. But I was just the face of it,” he added.

After losing his job on The Jeremy Kyle Show, which had been running since 2005, the star became depressed and “completely demotivated.”

“Every ounce of energy seemed to be gone and I just couldn’t bring myself to leave the house or even open the curtains.

“I used to think ‘get it right’ when some celebrities talked about those kinds of issues. But suddenly I realized first hand that you can’t always do that, I never thought they would hit me like they did.’

Prior to the show’s cancellation, Kyle had already suffered a series of professional and personal setbacks.

The show was shut down in May 2019 after Steven Dymond, 63, allegedly committed suicide less than a week after failing a lie detector test while filming an episode of the show.  That show was not broadcast.

The show was shut down in May 2019 after Steven Dymond, 63, allegedly committed suicide less than a week after failing a lie detector test while filming an episode of the show. That show was not broadcast.

He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2012, before losing his US version of the show a year later. He had also gone through a very public divorce in 2016, something that was often picked up on by guests who wanted to answer Kyle’s personal questions.

However, he says it was his fiancée Vicky Burton who encouraged him to see a doctor after the ax and he was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

The diagnosis, Kyle thinks, has helped him get back on his feet and “build things back up.”

Kyle, who is believed to be planning a return to television with a new series, expressed his condolences to Mr Dymond’s family and described his death as a “terrible tragedy.”

Mr Dymond, a construction worker, died of a morphine overdose days after filming his episode on the show. He also suffered from an underlying heart problem.

He applied to be on the show to prove he hadn’t cheated on his ex but failed a lie detector test.

Relatives have said the events on the show were too much for him to handle.

An inquest into the death is still ongoing.

Kyle added that he will not comment on the death and the circumstances surrounding it at this time, but that “when the time is right and it is appropriate to do so, I will have my say.”

For confidential support, call the Samaritans at 116123, or go to www.samaritans.org

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