Christian charity calls for reality TV rethink, says Jeremy Kyle exploits needy people

Wed 15 May 2019
By Heather Preston

Following the death of a guest who appeared on The Jeremy Kyle Show, Christian mental health awareness charity ThinkTwice has accused the reality programme of exploiting vulnerable people.

63-year-old Steven Dymond reportedly took his own life before the episode he featured in had been broadcast, resulting in ITV's decision to permanently cancel the show.

In a statement, ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall said: "Given the gravity of recent events we have decided to end production of The Jeremy Kyle Show."



ThinkTwice's founder Rachael Newham has argued that both TV producers and consumers need to consider the health implications of reality TV.

Speaking to Premier she said: "I think a lot of people who went on that show, did so to get answers they needed, but I think the way it was conducted exploited them."

"The pulling of The Jeremy Kyle show should be a catalyst actually to look at the way people are treated on TV and what we view as entertainment and as the public how we consume media."

Speaking during mental health awareness week Rachael has said the death of Mr Dymond highlights the need for better mental health provision in the UK.

"It's important that we don't look down on people because they need help and instead try and create a culture where it's acceptable to ask for help.

"But also a challenge that there needs to be places that people can access the get the help they desperately need."

ITV has extended its thoughts and sympathies to Steven's family and friends.

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