Jeremy Kyle Show’s security guard Big Steve ‘bags surprise new job on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK’ – 3 years after cancellation of controversial talk show
The Jeremy Kyle Show’s security guard, known to viewers as Big Steve, has found himself a brand new position on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, it has been claimed.
After the controversial tabloid talk show was cancelled by ITV in 2019, the fan favourite was without a job, but it wasn’t long before he made a resurgence.
A source told The Sun: ‘Steve has been on hand to help make sure filming is going smoothly and everyone is super safe.
Congrats! The Jeremy Kyle Show’s security guard, known to viewers as Big Steve (left), has found himself a brand new position on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, it has been claimed
‘He’s the best in the business and has had plenty of work since leaving Jeremy Kyle.’
Steve was known to wrestle some guests to the floor during heated arguments on the show, as well as provide emotional support to others.
Going on to work on courtroom reality show, Judge Rinder, the pair are thought to have struck up a friendship outside of the studio too.
MailOnline has contacted the BBC for comment, on behalf of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.
New boss: After the controversial tabloid talk show was cancelled by ITV in 2019, the fan favourite was without a job, but it wasn’t long before he made a resurgence (RuPaul is pictured)
Jeremy returned to television screens in Britain for the first time in three years since he was axed by ITV, as he helped launch new channel TalkTV in April along with Sharon Osbourne.
The 57-year-old presenter’s eponymous Jeremy Kyle Show was suspended indefinitely in May 2019 following the death of a participant Steve Dymond, 63, one week after a programme featuring him was filmed.
But Kyle made his return to TV screens as part of a new hour-long panel debate show The Talk, where five commentators with different backgrounds and views debate current affairs issues.
Mr Dymond is suspected to have died from suicide seven days after filming for the Jeremy Kyle Show. He had taken a lie detector test after being accused of cheating on his ex-fiancee Jane Callaghan, of Gosport, Hampshire.
Jeremy revealed he spiralled into depression and had to take pills for anxiety after his show was cancelled following a guest’s death
The confrontational talk show, which was hugely popular and had been a regular fixture since 2005 in the daytime TV schedule, was axed for good following calls for it to be cancelled from MPs and members of the public.
After the show was pulled, MPs launched an inquiry into reality TV – and ITV chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall said the broadcaster had been ‘looking at’ cancelling it prior to it being removed from the schedules.
Kyle returned to radio in September 2021 when he started presenting a show on talkRadio, but last night was his first time back on national TV – and he was photographed giving a thumbs up to the cameras as he left the studio.
Earlier this year, Hampshire’s coroner service confirmed that an inquest into Mr Dymond’s death had been put back after an application on behalf of the deceased’s family. A new date for proceedings has not yet been given.
Pain: The confrontational talk show, which was hugely popular and had been a regular fixture since 2005 in the daytime TV schedule, was axed for good following calls for it to be cancelled from MPs and members of the public (pictured in 2019)
Mr Dymond died of a morphine overdose and heart problem at his home in Portsmouth, a preliminary hearing was told in 2020.
At the time, coroner Jason Pegg said Jeremy Kyle had called Mr Dymond a ‘serial liar’ and said he ‘would not trust him with a chocolate button’.
The coroner said Kyle would be an interested party at the inquest because ‘he may have caused or contributed’ to Mr Dymond’s death.
In 2017, The Jeremy Kyle Show was labelled a ‘human form of bear baiting’ by a judge after a guest on the programme David Staniforth, 45, was convicted of assault for headbutting bus driver Larry Mahoney, 39, during a row on stage.
Kyle presented The Jeremy Kyle Show for 14 years before it was axed in 2019. In a statement earlier this year, Kyle told The Sun: ‘I would like to reiterate my deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Mr Dymond.
‘I’ve consistently maintained it would be inappropriate to discuss the tragic death of Steve Dymond before the legal inquest into it has concluded.
‘Likewise, the false and damaging allegations made against me by Channel 4 are with the lawyers now.
‘No doubt ITV will address the issues raised by Channel 4 around ITV’s production of The Jeremy Kyle Show themselves, it would be wrong for me to speak on their behalf.
‘Now is not the time to debate or discuss what is an ongoing legal process. When I can respond, I will.’
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Back: Jeremy helped launch the new television channel TalkTV in April as he appeared on chat show The Talk
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