An audience member has claimed that tragic Steve Dymond was so keen to appear on The Jeremy Kyle Show that he "bombarded" producers with "300" calls.
Speaking to The Sun, Aiden Dugdale revealed how he was in the audience for the taping of the episode featuring Dymond, who is thought to have taken his own life in the days following the show.
Since his death, the show has been cancelled by ITV indefinitely, with Ent Daily reporting that Dickinson's Real Deal will be shown in its place till at least the end of May.
Aiden said of the taping: "He explained to us in the audience that he had tried to come on the show before."
He added: "He said he'd called the show about 300 times. Jeremy Kyle even joked about it, saying: 'Does anyone at ITV ever answer the phones?'"
Steve went on the show to prove that he hadn't cheated on his partner Jane Callaghan.
However, he is said to have failed a lie detector test and the couple split after the show.
Since his death, Steve's estranged wife Dianne Healing has claimed that he was a "paedophile" and "prolific liar".
She told The Sun: "He killed himself because he was frightened of the truth coming out."
He said he'd called the show about 300 times. Jeremy Kyle even joked about it.
As Ent Daily reported, the show's host Jeremy Kyle earlier broke his silence about the death.
He said: "Myself and the production team are utterly devastated by the recent events.
"Our thoughts and sympathies are with Steve's family and friends at this incredibly sad time."
Carolyn McCall, ITV’s CEO, said: "Given the gravity of recent events we have decided to end production of The Jeremy Kyle Show.
"The Jeremy Kyle Show has had a loyal audience and has been made by a dedicated production team for 14 years, but now is the right time for the show to end.
"Everyone at ITV's thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Steve Dymond."
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