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Jeremy Kyle calls lawyers on Channel 4 documentary set, claiming he ‘exploited’ and ‘betrayed’ guests

Jeremy Kyle is taking legal action against the creators of an upcoming Channel 4 documentary, which is set to claim he has “exploited” and “cheated” guests of his daytime shows.

The show was shut down in May 2019, when 63-year-old Steve Diamond took his own life less than a week after failing a lie detector test while filming an episode – an inquiry later this month is going to happen.

Now, former employees have revealed the horrifying behind-the-scenes secrets of the ITV series in an hour-long documentary, set to air Sunday night.

He has taken the wraps off the alleged ill-advised tactic used by the show to increase the discomfort of the guests to entertain the audience.

This involved telling the addict that they were in competition with other participants for a rehab bed, even though there was allegedly room for all of them.

This is how guests came and went on the show, with a former worker describing a ‘shy, quiet’ girl turning into a ‘ball of fire’ before going off the air.

The former staff also revealed how they would receive regular calls from guests threatening to kill themselves – but they tried to talk them out so that the show would be on air and ‘no money wasted’.

However, the star has said that he does not want to “discuss” the “false and harmful” allegations made due to the “ongoing legal process”.

Kyle said he was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder after the daytime show was dropped and reportedly has no TV projects as hopes of reviving his career seem to be failing.

This comes despite ITV television director Kevin Laigo claiming that a new show with Kyle is being created – but will not air at the same time as the star’s axed daytime show.

Jeremy Kyle is taking legal action against the creators of an upcoming Channel 4 documentary, claiming the show ‘exploited’ and ‘deceived’ guests with his ax

The show was shelved in May 2019, when 63-year-old Steve Diamond (pictured) took his own life less than a week after failing a lie detector test while filming an episode of the show, and later this month. Finally there is going to be an inquiry.

The show was shelved in May 2019, when 63-year-old Steve Diamond (pictured) took his own life less than a week after failing a lie detector test while filming an episode of the show, and later this month. Finally there is going to be an inquiry.

In a statement, Kyle told Sun: ‘I would like to reiterate my deepest condolences to the friends and family of Mr. Diamond.

‘I have consistently stated that it would be inappropriate to discuss the tragic death of Steve Diamond before the completion of the legal investigation.

Similarly, the false and damaging allegations leveled against me by Channel 4 are now with the lawyers.

“While there is no doubt that ITV will address the issues raised by Channel 4 surrounding ITV’s production of The Jeremy Kyle Show, it would be wrong for me to speak on their behalf.”

‘Now is not the time to debate or discuss the ongoing legal process. When I can answer, I will.’

The long-running show, which Kyle ran for 14 years, was canned after a public outcry prompted by the tragic death of Mr. Diamond.

Former employees of the show described how they ‘made up’ the accuracy of the test and claimed it was ‘99.9 percent’ and ’97 percent’ accurate. However, a Commons selection committee heard evidence from academic research that the test was ’66 percent to 70 percent’ accurate.

A former employee told an upcoming Channel 4 documentary: ‘I felt like I had blood on my hands. We felt as if we had killed someone. Former staff members – voiced by the actors in the documentary – also spoke about their concern when they spoke out against the program.

One said, ‘The secrets we kept were horrifying. ‘If I am found speaking it will be career suicide. It’s scary to go up against ITV – a giant corporation when I’m just me.’

He also spoke about the deliberate tactics to get the most extreme behavior out of the show’s guests.

On Sunday, TV presenter Jeremy Kyle was seen holidaying in Barbados with third wife Vicky Burton.

On Sunday, TV presenter Jeremy Kyle was seen holidaying in Barbados with third wife Vicky Burton.

One said: ‘They would love to see a girl turn, you know shy, quiet, sly and you will be with that girl all day and you turn her into this fireball.’

Former employees revealed how they too were exploited and heavily pressured to book guests, no matter how unsuitable.

A former worker said, ‘Everyone was exploited without knowing it and if you went along with it you were fine and if you didn’t you were sacked.’

Another said: ‘We were literally like rats in a lab, each in our little cages. You never leave your desk sometimes, 14, 15 hours at that desk.’ He said he ‘fainted’ and drank after work to ‘decompress’.

He also spoke about how he would ease some of the mental health concerns of the contestants to bring him on the show.

Former employees also took aim at Kyle himself. One said: ‘Jeremy was incredibly bad, really just despicable.’

ITV said: 'The show saw over 20,000 people asking for help solving relationship issues, or to overcome drug or alcohol-related problems... and the show achieved many positive results.

ITV said: ‘The show saw over 20,000 people asking for help solving relationship issues, or to overcome drug or alcohol-related problems… and the show achieved many positive results.

Another said: ‘And he would comment to us about the guests, saying that they were fat or that they were scruffy.

‘It’s very disturbing because you only get the sense that he doesn’t care about these people and if you don’t care about them then you shouldn’t be doing that.’

Later in the documentary a former employee said: ‘To him people are just things. They are things he can exploit. Whatever good he has in his life, he takes from them.

‘If there was someone who had mental health issues, he didn’t care and he would crack up on them.’

Another former employee described working on the program “like a black spot on my soul”, while a backstage cameraman said he had witnessed “back-to-back psychological carnage”.

Senior Tory MP Damien Collins said he believed ITV owners knew what was happening.

He added: ‘The people at the top of the company should have asked more questions. It is impossible to believe that no one within the company raised concerns about this.’

Former employees of the show described how they 'made up' the accuracy of the test and claimed it was '99.9 percent' and '97 percent' accurate.  However, a Commons selection committee heard evidence from academic research that the test was '66 percent to 70 percent' accurate.

Former employees of the show described how they ‘made up’ the accuracy of the test and claimed it was ‘99.9 percent’ and ’97 percent’ accurate. However, a Commons selection committee heard evidence from academic research that the test was ’66 percent to 70 percent’ accurate.

ITV said: ‘The show saw over 20,000 people asking for help solving relationship issues, or to overcome drug or alcohol-related problems… and the show received many positive results.

‘The show had a dedicated guest wellness team of mental health professionals. Guests were supported before filming, during filming, and after filming.

‘ITV does not accept the program’s central allegation of ‘bad culture’ within the production team. ITV will never forgive any of its production staff for misleading guests or lying.

ITV said all guests were “aware of the nature of the show and the style of the presenter” and gave written consent.

Channel 4 said: ‘Jeremy Kyle was contacted for a response to the series. He did not make a statement for the broadcast. We will depict his position in the film.

The two-part series, The Jeremy Kyle Show – Death on Daytime, begins Sunday at 9 p.m.

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