Jeremy Kyle show guest defends show’s aftercare: ‘I couldn’t fault it’

A former guest has defended the show’s aftercare procedure after many have called for the ITV show to be axed.

The television network has currently suspended The Jeremy Kyle Show indefinitely after a guest died a week after recording.

It has not been confirmed how Steve Dymond died, but friends and family feared his killed himself after a lie detector test showed he had cheated on his estranged partner, an allegation he denied.

The show has historically faced criticism for ‘bear-baiting’.

However, Calum Lucas, who appeared on the show in December says he thinks the programme has been unnecessarily targeted, and his experience was very different to the stories that have hit the headlines.

After recording the episode in July, the 22-year-old told The Metro he “couldn’t fault” the show’s aftercare procedure.

He said: “For a good month or two afterwards they called me every other week to make sure I was alright and to find out how everything was going.

“They always said to me, ‘If you need our help again or if you just want to catch-up or let us know how things are going, feel free to call us. We’re always here’.”

Calum made an appearance on the show to meet his half-brother Kane for the very first time.

He was adopted when he was 18-months-old, before Kane was born to the same mother. The pair connected on Facebook before meeting on the programme.

Calum said: “We got on the show and they were very, “Are you sure you’re okay? You still want to go ahead with this? Is this something you still want to do?” Even on the day of filming.”

After the recording, ITV gifted Calum and Kane £45 towards lunch and paid their taxi from Manchester to home city Leicester.

Following the news of Steven Dymond’s death, a spokesman for ITV said: “Everyone at ITV and The Jeremy Kyle Show is shocked and saddened at the news of the death of a participant in the show a week after the recording of the episode they featured in and our thoughts are with their family and friends.

“ITV will not screen the episode in which they featured.

“Given the seriousness of this event, ITV has also decided to suspend both filming and broadcasting of The Jeremy Kyle Show with immediate effect in order to give it time to conduct a review of this episode of the show.”

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