I was a scapegoat Jeremy Kyle breaks silence after ITV show axed amid guests death

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Jeremy Kyle has opened up about the “difficult time” he faced after his self-titled show was cancelled. The Jeremy Kyle Show was dramatically pulled off the air in 2019 after Steve Dymond died just days after recording an episode.

The 56-year-old has revealed he was “completely devastated” and sought help for anxiety and depression since the incident.

Breaking his silence on his show being dropped, Jeremy said he felt “awful” and “scapegoated” over the death, adding the accusations “often seemed to be levelled only at me”.

After losing his job – which he held for 14 years – the TV presenter became depressed and “completely demotivated”.

Recalling the incident which saw his show cancelled, he said: “I’m not asking for any sympathy, but being completely honest, yes, it was a very difficult time.

“I was completely devastated at first and then I became completely demotivated.

“Every ounce of energy seemed to have gone and I just couldn’t bring myself to leave the house or even open the curtains.”

He added to The Sun: “After Vic encouraged me I eventually did go to the doctor because of how low I was feeling — and I’ve never done that in my life. But it was the only way I could get myself through.”

Jeremy’s first setback came in 2013 when the American version of his show was dropped.

He was then diagnosed with cancer, went through a public divorce, lost his mother and then lost his job in the UK.

It was, however, he says, his fiancee Vicky Burton who encouraged him to see a doctor after the axing and he was diagnosed with anxiety disorder.

The diagnosis, he believes, is what helped him to get back up and “start to rebuild things”.

The Jeremy Kyle Show had been on air since 2005 when Mr Dymond tragically died before his episode was due to air.

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He had been on the show to take a lie detector test to prove that he hadn’t been unfaithful to his partner – but failed.

As the inquest is still ongoing, Jeremy is unable to speak in detail about Mr Dymond’s death, but says that he’ll have his say when the “time is right and it is appropriate”.

Jeremy called the incident a “double tragedy” saying it was terrible for Mr Dymond and for all the people who worked on the show.

He added: “But it did hit me hard. And it’s been awful to feel so scapegoated, and without being able to have my say about the accusations that often seemed to be levelled only at me.”

He said he’s felt “hunted” and as if he was deemed “responsible” for the tragic events.

Jeremy is now launching a show on talkRADIO since being axed from ITV.

Express.co.uk has contacted ITV representatives for comment.

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