Jeremy Kyle Show more humane than the family courts, says PA campaign
A leading group campaigning against what are increasingly being seen as the ‘horrors’ of the family courts system say they would rather face Jeremy Kyle than the UK’s judiciary.
The group’s statement follows the death of a Kyle Show guest who is believed to have taken his own life after failing a lie-detector test at a recording.
The 63-year-old grandfather, Steve Dymond, took the test to convince his fiancee Jane Callaghan he had not cheated on her.
Their relationship broke down after he failed.
In a Facebook statement, the National Association of Alienated Parents said: “This is mental health week and we are told of the tragic suspected suicide of Mr Steven Dymond.
“This forced ITV bosses to promptly issue a statement expressing their condolences and sympathies to Mr Dymond’s family and friends.”
They also said: “ The family court has undoubtedly pushed thousands of people to attempt to and succeed in taking their own lives. This has routinely been swept under the carpet.
“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.”
“The promptness and firmness of the action taken by the ITV management is a mark of respect and it is also an indication of the seriousness with which they regard this sad event.
“And yet last week the Ministry of Justice issued a patronising, weak and frothy response to the petition calling for PA to be criminalised.”
However MP Charles Walker said it would be “extremely sensible” if ITV said “this has gone far enough” adding that it was “a watershed moment”.
Mr Walker, Conservative MP for Broxbourne and a member of the all-party parliamentary group on suicide and self-harm prevention, said that guests on the Jeremy Kyle show are “not really guests, they’re victims”.
Meanwhile, all episodes of the show have also been taken down from ITV Hub.
The Jeremy Kyle Show is the most popular programme on ITV’s daytime schedule, with an average of one million viewers and a 22pc audience share.