JEREMY Kyle Show staff smoked cannabis with guests and plied them alcohol, a new Channel 4 documentary will allege tonight.
A shocking episode of Dispatches will also claim there were two more suicide attempts linked with the show.
ITV has strongly denied all the allegations in the programme.
Stacey Talley gives her account of how she and her partner Les were made to go on the show even after they’d changed their minds about it.
She claims she tried to take her own life as a result of the filming.
And former Jeremy Kyle Show guest Dwayne Davidson alleges the production staff deliberately try to to create tension between guests, and he also tried to take his own life after the recording.
The programme was permanently axed two weeks ago after one of its guests, Steven Dymond, killed himself after failing a love rat lie detector test on the show.
Several people who worked on the programme at different times in its 14-year run spoke to Channel 4’s Dispatches, some on condition of anonymity.
STACEY TALLEY'S CLAIMS
Stacey Talley, who appeared on the show last May remembers how she and her partner, Les, wanted to go on to take a lie detector test after allegations of infidelity.
She says some of the producers told her they would receive couples counselling after the show.
However, when they got there, she says they tried to back out but were told they couldn’t.
Stacey claims: “And I even said that like obviously I’ve had problems before with my depression and I’ve tried to take my life before, they already knew that.
“So they knew I was vulnerable before I even went there.
“I was like, ‘I can’t do this, my anxiety’s so bad. Like just tell Les that I don’t want to do it, I’m sorry, I can’t do it.’
“And they was like… Well basically as soon as you sign that contract, that is it, the control is out of your hands then.
“You’re screwed, you’re going on that show.”
She also alleges they were sent home without any aftercare despite Stacey indicating she was possibly suicidal – she went on to take an overdose in the taxi home. She says: “I get put back in my room, I’m in there for about an hour, they come in, ask me if I’m okay, and I was like, ‘I just want to go home now.’”
In the taxi on the way home, Stacey says: “I took an overdose… I got home, like, kind of, was going unconscious a little bit, and my mum rang an ambulance and I had to stay in hospital for three days.”
Guests were sometimes encouraged to take a detour to visit their dealer en route to the studios – in taxis paid for by the production, according to an ex-producer in the Dispatches programme.
Another anonymous former producer who worked on the show recently says: “Researchers and [assistant producers] and sometimes producers would smoke weed with guests in the hotels the day before to keep them happy.
“If guests were becoming flaky they’d appease them in any way they could.
“There was a contributor who was a drug addict and had since stopped taking drugs and cleaned their act up.
“But in actual fact the show wanted them to be on drugs, because there was no ‘story’ without it.
“One of the producers was asked ‘get that person to take drugs again’ and at one point was asked to ‘leave money lying around on a table so they will take that money and go and buy drugs with it’.”
ALCOHOL FOR GUESTS
And someone employed to make a behind-the-scenes documentary about the show in 2012 alleged they’d seen tins of lager being given to guests backstage.
They claim they were told this was for “medicinal purposes” as some of the guests were alcoholics.
An ITV spokesperson said: “In the case of the Jeremy Kyle Show, the programme had significant and detailed duty of care processes in place for contributors built up over 14 years, and there have been numerous positive outcomes from this series, where people have resolved long-standing personal problems.
DWAYNE DAVIDSON'S CLAIMS
Dwayne Davidson who appeared twice on the show in 2014 and 2015 tells Dispatches how he was treated.
He said: “You’re locked in separately, in separate rooms on different corridors so there’s no way I could see my partner the whole day.
“I was in the room for ten hours, there’s no television, there’s no – you’re not allowed your phone, they take your phone off you at the start.
“They’re trying to get you in a position where – where you – where you’re very tense, you know.”
Dwayne says his appearances led to him attempting to take his own life after he was dubbed the most hated guest ever.
“Guests were supported by our guest welfare team prior to filming, throughout filming and after filming.
“Should they require ongoing help then appropriate solutions were found for them.”
In relation to Stacey Talley’s story, the spokesperson said: “Our records show that relationship counselling was offered to both Stacey and her partner but that as he refused to attend, it could not be provided.
“Both Stacey and her partner were aware that the relationship counselling service would continue to be on offer, should he change his mind.
“All guests are contacted within 24 hours of a recording so we were aware of Stacey’s suicide attempt and organised some counselling sessions for her.”
ITV said the allegations about producers smoking cannabis with guests, arranging taxis for them to buy drugs, and encouraging guests with drug problems to start using again were all completely untrue.
On alcohol being given to guests, the ITV spokesperson said: “Alcohol is banned in the studio.
YOU'RE NOT ALONE
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it’s rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let’s all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You’re Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
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“The only exception is in relation to a small number of guests who are going on to a residential rehabilitation programme after their appearance on the show.
“In these cases, an appropriate level of alcohol is dispensed by staff professionally qualified in alcohol misuse, purely in order to prevent alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
“All guests, including alcohol dependant ones, are monitored throughout their time in the studio.”
- Channel 4 Dispatches is on tonight at 8pm
IF you are having suicidal thoughts, suffering from anxiety or depression or just want to talk, call The Samaritans on 116 123.