ITV KNEW KYLE GUEST WANTED TO DIE
Stopped taking meds for lie test TV staff flagged need for help
A JEREMY Kyle guest thought to have killed himself after coming off his meds and failing a lie detector test was sent home alone despite telling show staff: “I wish I was dead.’’
A JEREMY Kyle guest suspected of killing himself had been told to stop taking anti-depressants by members of the show’s staff.
Steve Dymond, 63, was informed they could affect a lie detector test.
The construction worker wanted to convince fiancée Jane Callaghan, 48, he had not cheated.
But when he failed the test, he collapsed sobbing to the studio floor. After filming finished, he told a researcher, who spent an hour trying to console him, he was “really upset” and wished he was dead. “Life’s nothing without Jane,’’ he added.
The researcher was so worried she sent a WhatsApp message to a producer saying Steve was “shell-shocked” and urgently needed to see a member of the after-care team.
But within two hours
ITV staff had sent him off home in a cab, his family’s lawyers told a pre-inquest hearing in Portsmouth yesterday.
Seven days later he was found dead in his home in the city from a suspected morphine overdose.
His death led to the scrapping of the TV show after a 14-year run.
Yesterday lawyers for Steve’s family won the right to see documents, messages and notes from programme staff relating to his treatment before, during and after the show. They include statements submitted to an internal ITV probe into the episode.
Steve’s family also won the right to view the footage of his appearance on the show for the first time since his death in May.
It has never been shown on TV. Caoilfhionn Gallagher, representing the family, accused the programme-makers of rushing vulnerable Steve on screen within 72 hours of agreeing to appear.
She said: “If you buy a pair of flip-flops on the internet you have a 14-day cooling off period to decide whether or not to keep them. For a decision so potentially lifechanging there is no equivalent.
“There is no cooling off. You are jumped on very quickly. The time he had to think it over was too short. After his cruel shaming, he did not get the appropriate support from the after-care team.’’ She also said Steve had stopped taking his anti-depressants before he went on the show after being told he would not be able to take the lie detector test if he was on medication.
The hearing was adjourned until November 21, when the parties will decide which witnesses will need to give evidence.
A spokesman for the family’s legal team said they had not decided whether to ask Mr Kyle to take the stand but it was possible.
‘Life’s nothing without Jane. I wish I was dead’
■ TRAGEDY: Steve and, left, telly host Jeremy Kyle