Jeremy Kyle show's Northern Ireland guest suffered abuse after appearance
A Coleraine man who suffered online abuse after appearing on The Jeremy Kyle Show has said he is glad to see it axed for good.
Trevor Begley told Sunday Life the ITV daytime talk show "made a mockery" of those who appeared on it seeking help with their relationship problems.
"I got tortured after it. (Kyle) made a mockery of us, really," Begley told our reporter when he called to his home on Friday.
"He belittled me on the show.
"I didn't want to go on it, it was her that wanted to do it. I'm glad to see the back of him."
The controversial daytime show was axed last week after it emerged that guest Steven Dymond (61), from Hampshire, had killed himself after failing a lie detector test during a recording of the programme.
Trevor Begley (44) appeared on the show with his then-fiancee Rosemarie Flanagan in October 2017.
He has now split with Rosemarie and last November was given a suspended sentence for harassing her.
Begley said he believed his conviction was unfair and that he wants nothing more to do with Rosemarie.
He pleaded guilty to one charge of harassment at Coleraine Magistrates' Court in November last year.
The court was told he sent 30 text messages to her over the course of a month, some which included declarations for how he still felt about her.
District Judge Peter King sentenced him to two months in jail, suspended for 18 months, with a warning not to contact her again.
The couple, who were engaged at the time, went on the show for Rosemarie to disprove claims she had slept with another man.
She took the show's infamous lie detector test to disprove the allegations in bid to restart their relationship. Begley told Kyle that Rosemarie hadn't slept with him for "over a year", made "any excuse" to be out of the house and even admitted to kissing a second man. He also claimed that Rosemarie flirted with other people when they were out.
Kyle lambasted Begley for how he handled the situation and challenged him to "grow a pair" and tell her that unless she changes, he will "walk in the opposite direction" because life is too short.
When asked by Kyle why he didn't walk away the first time Rosemarie confessed to kissing another man, Begley said he was "just too soft" and that he was in love with her.
Begley said in his opinion the show was "50/50" between a bid to help and provide entertainment.
"He has helped a lot of people but sometimes he just makes a mockery of people," said Begley. "He seemed dead-on but then he sort of belittled me a bit."
When asked if going on the show was any use to him, Begley replied: "Nope."
During the show Kyle got a laugh from the audience when he tried to mimic the couple's Co Derry accent.
On the show, Rosemarie revealed they had dared each other to kiss their best friends, which they did, prompting Kyle to ask: "How old are you two? 11?"
Despite their mutual cheating, Rosemarie said that they wanted to make the relationship work.
When Kyle revealed the results of her lie detector test, it emerged that she actually kissed three men.
But there were tears of joy from both when Kyle said that she had passed the test with flying colours.
Kyle even gave Rosemarie a cardboard cut-out of himself in the studio when she told him what a huge fan of the show she is, on the condition that they stop "playing games and just be honest and true with each other".