A Jeremy Kyle superfan – who got the name of the show tattooed on the back of his head after appearing on it – has voiced his fury after it was axed. King of Ink Land Body Art Extreme Ink-Ite, formerly known as Mathew Whelan, featured on the TV programme in 2012. He claims it “did a lot more good than it did bad” before it was cancelled. King of Ink told Birmingham Live that he met Kyle several times after his appearance, and said he was upset with the daytime series’ demise. Carolyn McCall, ITV’s CEO, announced yesterday that the ITV show had been permanently cancelled after the death of guest Steve Dymond. He was found dead on May 9, 2019 and the show was immediately removed from TV schedules.
He took a lie detector test to convince fiance Jane Callaghan he hadn’t been unfaithful but they split after he failed, according. King of Ink, from Stechford, appeared on the Jeremy Kyle Show with the title ‘I was nearly stabbed to death because of the way I look!’ The title refers to when he was knifed back in 2009 in what he labelled a ‘hate crime’ due to his appearance. The 39-year-old said: “I do feel the Jeremy Kyle Show has been made the scapegoat here.
“There has been a lot of talk recently about the impact reality TV has on guests and contestants. “There has been two well publicised tragic deaths of contestants who took part in Love Island. But there doesn’t appear to be any plans to axe this show. “The Jeremy Kyle Show has been on our screens for 14 years and in my opinion the show has done a lot more good than bad. “It has reunited people who have been separated and the show has spent thousands of pounds on individuals putting them into rehabilitation. “It has helped a lot of people. People are vetted before they go on the show but you can’t always know exactly how someone is feeling.” King of Ink described his appearance on the show as “very positive.”
He said: “On the night before filming they sent a taxi to pick me up from my house and took me to a hotel in Manchester where filming takes place. “In the morning of the filming I had a bit of time to kill so as a surprise for Jeremy I had the Jeremy Kyle Show inked on the back of my head. “Graham, the guy who offers support to guests, was a smoker like myself and we had a natter outside having a smoke before the show started. It was very relaxed. “Before filming producers do offer you support and assurance. I felt totally at ease.
“I liked Jeremy Kyle. It was quite a serious discussion and he didn’t criticise me in any way. I have met him several times since off camera and I have always liked him. “Afterwards I was offered after care but I didn’t feel like I needed it. But even then for weeks after I would receive calls from staff at the show asking If I was okay. “I thought they were totally professional. I have a close connection with The Jeremy Kyle Show and I am gutted to see it end. “But I won’t be erasing my Jeremy Kyle show tattoo – it will be a permanent reminder of my time on the show. “There has been two well publicised tragic deaths of contestants who took part in Love Island. “But there doesn’t appear to be any plans to axe this show.”