X Factor star Lucy Spraggan challenges ITV to provide better care for show participants

The daytime show was cancelled for good on Wednesday

Former X Factor contestant Lucy Spraggan has urged ITV to alter the way they “see their responsibility to the people on your shows”.

She took to Twitter to share her thoughts following news the broadcaster has axed The Jeremy Kyle Show after the death of one of its guests, Steve Dymond.

In one of a number of strongly-worded tweets, she said: “ITV, change the way you see your responsibility to the people on your shows.

Lucy Spraggan on The X Factor
Lucy has urged ITV to alter the way they “see their responsibility to the people on your shows” (Credit: ITV)

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“Start/improve aftercare, accept responsibility, give them HELP. As one show is axed another will begin and the perpetual process will start again. I’ve been there, it’s [expletive] lonely.”

It’s understood that Mr Dymond had approached the show in an attempt to prove he hadn’t been unfaithful to his partner, Jane Callaghan, but he failed the lie detector test and his relationship ended.

Days after the episode was filmed, Mr Dymond is believed to have taken his own life last Thursday.

ITV announced today it has permanently scrapped the programme after criticism from Mr Dymond’s family and viewers.


Carolyn McCall, ITV’s CEO, announced on Wednesday: “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.”

Following the news, a string of guests have spoken out about how they were treated on the show.

Dwayne Davison, who was branded the “most hated guest”,  said he took some of his girlfriend’s medication and blacked out on the bathroom floor last year after having enough of criticism over his appearance on the show.

Jeremy Kyle ITV
The Jeremy Kyle Show was axed today (Credit: ITV)

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Fergus Kenny, a veteran with PTSD, claims he also nearly killed himself after he was told by host Jeremy that he “didn’t deserve a daughter” when he appeared on the show.

Meanwhile, dad-of-two Peter Franks has accused the ITV show of making him and wife Amanda take a fake lie detector test to prove she was unfaithful.

He claims to The Sun that the producers “made up” a story about his wife getting pregnant after a threesome to boost ratings.

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