ITV’s The Jeremy Kyle show was permanently axed on Wednesday following the death of participant Steve Dymond, who was found dead just a week after filming an episode for the show.
The decision to permanently remove the show from ITV was announced by Carolyn McCall, ITV’s CEO yesterday saying: “Given the gravity of recent events we have decided to end production of The Jeremy Kyle Show.”
A former runner on the show, who gained a week’s placement at ITV and saw fifteen Jeremy Kyle Show episodes filmed, spoke to Manchester Evening News what it was like behind–the–scenes.
The woman remained anonymous and told the paper that she had got a short placement on the show while at University in 2006.
She said: “When I got offered the placement, I was delighted – it fit perfectly with the brief of my course (TV production), and I couldn’t wait to find out what it was like to work on the set of a real television show.”
Following this, the woman also explained what it was like inside the studio for contestants who took part in the show as well as detailing that alcohol was available to guests before 9am in the morning.
“I was shown the green room, where guests can get refreshments (yes, including wine on tap and beer aplenty), and showed the separate rooms where the guests were kept before they went to the studio.”
She alleged: “Researchers floated between the (often tipsy) contestants, and from what I could tell, it was expected of them to goad the guests before they stepped on the infamous stage, so when the cameras started rolling, they were p***ed, and p***ed off.”
The former runner also made some shocking allegations about how Jeremy Kyle treated his team in the lead-up to filming an episode of the show.
She claimed: “I’ll never forget the first time I saw Jeremy Kyle, parading up the corridor barking instructions at the senior crew members. From what I could tell, this was him getting into character before he began shooting, but even so, everyone seemed to fear him a little.”
The anonymous woman concluded by saying that the work placement felt “wrong somehow”
She said: “That experience made me so uneasy that it really put me off working in TV. I didn’t see any evidence of guests being mistreated, it just felt… wrong somehow.”
Speaking to The Sun yesterday, Jeremy Kyle said: “Myself and the production team I have worked with for the last 14 years are all utterly devastated by the recent events, our thoughts and sympathies are with Steve’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time.”
Daily Star Online has contacted an ITV spokeswoman for comment.
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