Jeremy Kyle says he was scapegoat for show being cut and didnt have his say09/04/2021
Jeremy Kyle has claimed he was made a "scapegoat" amid the fallout after his ITV show was binned.
The Jeremy Kyle Show was cancelled following guest Steve Dymond's death, and it's said 100 people lost their jobs.
The 56-year-old has broken his silence after the axe and opened up over being diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and how he sunk into a depression.
On the same day two and a half years ago, he found out his career was possibly in tatters he and his fiancee discovered they were expecting the son, Oliver.
But Jeremy says he never was able to have 'his say' over the accusations after the news hit the headlines.
He told The Sun: “I don’t want to sound ‘woe is me’, and as I’ve said the whole thing was a terrible tragedy — devastating for Steve Dymond’s friends and family, of course, and for the many people who worked on the show.
“But it did hit me hard. And it’s been awful to feel so scapegoated, and without being able to have my say about the accusations that often seemed to be levelled only at me.
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“I’ve felt hunted and made out to be responsible for everything that ever took place around that show. But I was just the face of it.
“A hundred people lost their jobs that day, and I felt truly awful for them too and worried for their futures. But I felt completely alone. When I was told they were cancelling it completely, my first reaction was a sort of incredulous shock, and then really just devastation.
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"And then suddenly I felt like I was on the periphery of it.
Jeremy has also said how certain celebrities reached out to him when they heard the news, with the likes of Piers Morgan, Kate Garraway and Declan Donnelly among the list.
However, there were "lots" who kept their distance despite years working together – which Jezza said was "very telling".
Guest Steve Dymond had gone on the show to prove he hadn't been unfaithful to his ex but he failed a lie detector test.
The construction worker reportedly overdosed while suffering an underlying heart problem, and an inquest into his death remains ongoing.
My Dymond's family claim his time on the show was too much for him to cope with.
For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.
For further support, you can visit AnxietyUK or call 03444 775 774 Monday-Friday 9.30am to 10pm, or Saturday and Sunday 10am to 8pm.
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