Mum claims Jeremy Kyle Show ‘ruins lives’ as episode is pulled off air
A mum has told how The Jeremy Kyle Show ruined her life, after her husband vanished following his appearance on the controversial series.
59-year-old Crissy Kenny spoke out after the ITV talk show was axed on Monday morning and suspended indefinitely after a participant passed away.
Speaking to Birmingham Live , Crissy slammed Jeremy Kyle for ‘thinking he’s God’ and said that her heart went out to the grieving family after her own experience three years ago.
She told how her husband of four years, Fergus, vanished after he filmed an episode about estranged parents and children in February 2016.
The mum, who uses a wheelchair after battling a string of health problems, said she pleaded with Fergus not to appear and refused to accompany him to the studios.
“I’m very sad that someone’s died. Jeremy Kyle thinks he’s God but he ruins lives and thinks he does a good job.
“We had a fantastic marriage (before the show) – nothing was wrong.
“My husband was seeing his kids and mine had left home. He was my full-time carer.
“I asked him not to bother when he got the letter from the show. I refused to go with him.”
Crissy, a Birmingham-born former soldier who served in Bosnia, Kosovo and Germany, previously told BirminghamLive how Fergus walked out on her the day after the exchange with his daughter, Hayley, then 19.
She said in 2016: “I warned him: ‘Go on there and you know what will happen – that man will rip you to pieces and they will think you’re a bad dad’.
“What I don’t understand was we used to watch it together and he’d say: ‘You’ll never catch me on there, I’ll never air my dirty linen in public’.”
Kyle dubbed him a disgrace, stupid and waste of space, and demanded: “Why didn’t you see your kid? Why didn’t you cry yourself to sleep every night?
“Look at your daughter, you have failed her.”
“You don’t deserve your daughter, pal,” he sneered.
Crissy said she feared the humiliation sparked some kind of mental meltdown.
Fergus later said the experience of going on the show was “the final nail in the coffin” of his marriage, but declined to elaborate.
“I am not a bad father,” he said, “but I was made out to be a monster.”
The Jeremy Kyle Show said in 2016: “We work closely with all of our guests to ensure their experience on the programme is positive.
“All guests are fully informed of the content of the show and aware of Jeremy’s presenting style.”
The show was replaced by an episode of Dickinson’s Real Deals on Monday, May 13.
ITV said in a statement: “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.”
Mirror Online has contacted ITV representatives for comment.