Guests on The Jeremy Kyle Show were briefed on the star’s presenting style prior to filming, it has emerged.
Documents released by MPs have revealed the different ways that people were prepped before the cameras started rolling on the recently axed programme.
Participants were asked if they were “aware of Jeremy’s presenting style” – and if they understood he could be “very critical” of those he believes are “in the wrong”.
They were also asked if they understood lie detector tests were not 100% accurate, and if they were “certain they will be able to cope” if the results delivered a “worst-case scenario”.
The Jeremy Kyle Show, which ran on ITV for 14 years, was cancelled in May after the suspected suicide of guest Steve Dymond.
Prior to his death, he had failed a lie detector test on the programme.
Another briefing for guests involved being told an assessment on their “suitability” for taking part in the programme would be based on “data relating to your sex life”.
A document handed to guests said they would be kept separate before recording from “anyone you are to confront”, for “safety and peace of mind” as much as “anything else”.
It assured that security would be available to dissolve arguments on air, but wanted to do what it could to “prevent them in the first place”.
The document asked: “If you knew of two people who argued constantly, wouldn’t you want to keep them separated before they can begin to get the help Jeremy offers?”
It went on to warn that “physical aggression” was forbidden.
Guests were also briefed on the service from its aftercare team led by resident counselling psychologist Graham Stanier.
The briefing included a promise of immediate help from either Mr Stainer or a member of his team, followed by a recommendation to a producer on next steps.
Counselling sessions closer to the participant’s home could be arranged if deemed necessary, which they were reminded was “completely up to you whether you want to take this help”.
In Tuesday’s inquiry, Mr Stainer said the show’s presenting style was not his responsibility.
He said: “That is the presenter’s style. I’m responsible for me and my behaviour. I can’t be responsible for the presenter’s behaviour.
“In the moment [Kyle] becomes passionate, opinionated, he will deliver in that way.”
“If people are uncomfortable… I think that’s a production issue.”
Kyle has rejected a request to appear before the inquiry.
courtesy of Sky News