Exclusive: Dwayne Davison, labelled most hated guest ever, says he has faced sustained abuse
Millions of Britons have watched Dwayne Davisons appearance on the Jeremy Kyle Show. He was labelled the most hated Jeremy Kyle guest ever. He wants them to know he struggled for work and was mocked in the street as a result, and tried to kill himself after sustained public shaming.
Its the worst thing that has ever happened in my life, Davison said. They put the spoon in and stirred around my whole life. He said the show was designed to provoke participants into causing offence, footage was edited to portray them in an unflattering light, and any attempt at aftercare by the production team was undone by the way footage was used.
ITV is facing pressure to cancel the long-running daytime programme after the death of another Kyle guest, 63-year-old Steve Dymond, who failed a lie detector test on the show. MPs say the format of playing out angry family disputes in front of a live audience has run its course. But ITV executives are backing the production team, saying they have taken the show off air in order to protect it.
Davison, 27, approached the Guardian to describe how the attention he had received as a result of an appearance five years ago, sustained by the shows constant repeats and social media, pushed him to the brink.
Ive had loads and loads of abuse and in 2018 I decided Id had enough, he said. My girlfriend had some toothache medication, I took a load of it, and I cant remember the rest. A few hours later my girlfriend came upstairs and she called the ambulance.
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