Friends of a Jeremy Kyle guest, who killed himself after failing a lie detector test on the show, have claimed he was certain he would be cleared of cheating.
Construction worker Steve Dymond had contacted the ITV show to convince his estranged partner Jane Callaghan he had not strayed in the hopes of a reconciliation.
However, the show’s lie detector suggested that he had cheated, which friends say left Steve distraught.
After travelling back from the TV studio in Manchester to Gosport, Hants, he allegedly told pals he was feeling suicidal and was found dead at his bedsit several days later.
According to the Mirror, friend Michael Bradley claimed Steve had told his landlady he was feeling suicidal after the show.
Michael told the publication: “He told her, ‘I’ve had enough, I’m going to kill myself.’
“He failed the lie detector test but was adamant he hadn’t done anything wrong, saying, ‘I’ll come up with flying colours, I’ve never cheated on her.’
“He got made out to be wrong but he wasn’t. Those lie detector tests aren’t 100%.”
He added: “Steve said he’d recently split with his fiancee but was getting reconciled.
“He contacted Jeremy Kyle himself to prove he was innocent.
“That’s how confident he was that he hadn’t done anything.”
Following the news of his death, a spokesman for the TV company said: “Everyone at ITV and The Jeremy Kyle Show is shocked and saddened at the news of the death of a participant in the show a week after the recording of the episode they featured in and our thoughts are with their family and friends.
“ITV will not screen the episode in which they featured.
“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.”
Bosses also wiped all episodes of the programme from its on-demand service.
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