Jeremy Kyle admits he couldn’t bring himself ‘to leave the house’ after ITV sacking

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Jeremy Kyle has opened up about his sacking from ITV, revealing that the move lead him to be on medication for anxiety.

The 56 year old host believes he was "scapegoated" after his hit TV show was cancelled following a guest on the show being suspected to have committed suicide.

Returning to broadcasting with a weekday drivetime show on talkRADIO, Jeremy marked the occasion by openly discussing his past ITV series with listeners.

He revealed that the cancellation had left him “completely devastated” and that he couldn’t bring himself “to leave the house or even open the curtains.”

Jeremy candidly admitted that in the past he had thought stars complaining about mental health issues should “get a grip” but changed his mind after experiencing problems himself.

He said: “I used to think ‘get a grip’ when some celebrities talked about those sort of problems.

“But suddenly I realised first-hand you can’t always do that. I never thought they would affect me like they did.

“That was a shock — but I’ve always said, ‘If you have a problem, admit it, and then seek the proper help’. So that’s what I did.”

Kyle didn’t hold back as he revealed what he had been through following the sacking, admitting that his partner Vicky Burton had encouraged him to seek medical help.

He specified that he’s “not asking for any sympathy” but “being completely honest”

He continued: “After Vic encouraged me I eventually did go to the doctor because of how low I was feeling — and I’ve never done that in my life. But it was the only way I could get myself through.

“Critics will say I got a taste of my own medicine but I’d been through a fair amount up until that point — and I guess it all caught up with me at once.”

He also opened up about the drama that had been circling his life prior to his departure from UK television.

He said: “I lost the show in America after two years, I got cancer, went through quite a public divorce, my mother passed away, and then I lost my job in the UK — all while still trying to be a good dad at home.”

Jeremy went on to praise his doctor for helping him after being diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

“I’m not embarrassed or ashamed to say I accepted the treatment on offer,” he said.

“I needed it for those months. It got really bad, I’m not scared to admit that. It got me back up and out, and helped me start to rebuild things.”

Jeremy’s firing came after guest Steve Dymond died just before the episode he appeared in was set to air, leading to Jeremy’s 17 season talk show to be pulled.

Steve had died of a morphine overdose while suffering from underlying heart problems.

He had applied to be on Jeremy Kyle to prove he wasn’t cheating on his ex but the result of the lie detector test on the show claimed that he was lying.

His family believe that the appearance on the show had been too much for him and with an inquest still on the way, it limits Jeremy’s ability to discuss the topic.

All Jeremy said about the topic was: “When the time is right and it is appropriate to do so, I will have my say.

“The whole thing was a terrible tragedy — devastating for Steve Dymond’s friends and family, of course, and for the many people who worked on the show.”

He confessed that it had hit him “hard” and claimed to feel “scapegoated” by the firing.

He said: “It’s been awful to feel so scapegoated, and without being able to have my say about the accusations that often seemed to be levelled only at me.

“I’ve felt hunted and made out to be responsible for everything that ever took place around that show. But I was just the face of it.

“A hundred people lost their jobs that day, and I felt truly awful for them too and worried for their futures.”

Jeremy also spoke about the support received from colleagues at ITV while claiming that some just “disappeared”.

He revealed: “It didn’t take long for some people I’ve known for many, many years to just disappear. Some people were brilliant — Piers Morgan reached out straight away because he’s that sort of guy, and he was brilliant.

"Kate Garraway, who is just extraordinary and has been through the most awful time herself recently, still takes time to get in touch, and I’ve helped her with her kids, too. Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford were amazing, so was Rob Rinder, and Declan Donnelly.

“But there were also lots who just never got in touch again even though we had worked together for so many years — it’s very, very telling."

Now launching on talkRADIO, Jeremy is looking to return “open and honest”.

He finished by discussing the reception he has had from the public as he makes his return to media.

He finished: “I’ve had so much positivity from ordinary people — guys calling out to me as I walk past, real warmth. I think the biggest thing I’ve learned is to have great belief in the British people.

“They’re very switched on, they sense right from wrong, and they decide who they’re prepared to stand by and not.”

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