Steven Dymond is believed to have taken his own life after failing a lie detector test on ITV’s Jeremy Kyle show. The show has since been cancelled.
One of the UK’s largest TV channels has pulled the plug on a talk show after a guest died from suicide shortly after filming.
Steven Dymond appeared on the show in early May to prove to his fiancee that he had not been unfaithful to her, but failed a lie detector test.
His body was found at his home in Hampshire, England, on May 9, according to UK media reports. He is believed to have died from an overdose.
The death sent shockwaves across the UK and sparked serious criticism of the show’s format, which many said was exploitative of the poor and a breach of psychiatric ethics.
Typical of many western daytime talk shows, the show featured guests wanting to settle personal feuds and relationship problems in front of an audience that routinely laughed at, jeered and goaded those on stage.
It's welcome that ITV has canceled the Jeremy Kyle show.— Momentum (@PeoplesMomentum) May 15, 2019
Showcasing and mocking the struggles of individuals, often from deprived backgrounds, fails to help guests and can have tragic ends.
Our society should look to address the root causes of inequality - not mock it on TV.
Host Jeremy Kyle would play the ostensible role of mediator, but frequently chastised participants for their alleged drug use, anti-social behaviour and lack of employment.
“It shouldn't have taken someone dying for The Jeremy Kyle Show to be taken off the air,” wrote left-wing activist Ash Sarkar on Twitter, adding: “For nearly 15 years, it profited from exploiting addiction, poverty and human misery. It's a damning indictment of how deeply sadistic our society is when it comes to the poor and vulnerable.”
It shouldn't have taken someone dying for The Jeremy Kyle Show to be taken off the air. For nearly 15 years it profited from exploiting addiction, poverty and human misery. It's a damning indictment of how deeply sadistic our society is when it comes to the poor and vulnerable.— Ash Sarkar (@AyoCaesar) May 13, 2019
Guest would regularly confront each other at first sight, shouting over each other and only prevented from coming to blows by the show’s burly security guards.
With the show’s cancellation, many guests are now coming forward to relive their experiences. They said the experience was “traumatising” and that they were provided no counselling after their appearance.
Psychiatric professionals have also weighed in over the show’s use of lie detector tests, which they said were far from conclusive.
A piece written by Scisco media detailed how responses given under stress could be erroneously flagged by polygraph tests and thus misread as dishonest answers.
NEW: ITV axes Jeremy Kyle Show but this is not enough. Executives need to be held to account. Read the story: ITV lied to me & covered it up. And then carried on its malign & toxic agenda of bullying the most vulnerable people In Britain for next 11 yearshttps://t.co/aKS4o2ndyR— Carole Cadwalladr (@carolecadwalla) May 15, 2019