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I’ve worked on shows like Jeremy Kyle – the real cruelty happens off screen | Carla Wright15 May 6:59am

I’ve worked on shows like Jeremy Kyle – the real cruelty happens off screen | Carla Wright

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I hated my job, scouring deprived areas for guests and whipping up their anger, and handed in my notice. It shouldn’t have taken a death for the show to get axed.I ended up working on Trisha by accident. The show’s producers contacted my university looking for graduates, and I was offered an interview. It was an amazing opportunity to break into television – I couldn’t believe my luck. My wide-eyed enthusiasm clouded my vision from the awful reality of what was to come. (I worked on the show after it switched from ITV to Channel 5, from 2005 to 2006). Alarm bells should have rung during “training week”, when I was paired up with a colleague for some role play. I had to imagine she was 23st, and persuade her to wear a bikini on the show. A few months later, I put this training to practical use when I succeeded in convincing a real-life plus-sized woman to do this. She walked on stage to ridicule. I was told I was great at my job.
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