Jeremy Kyle 'suicide' guest Steve Dymond sobbed and lied on stage – what really happened during fateful show

JEREMY Kyle Show guest Steve Dymond sobbed from the moment he took to the stage and 'couldn't help lying', claims an audience member.

The 63-year-old, who claimed he'd applied for the show 300 times, was desperate to win back girlfriend Jane Callaghan after accusations he'd cheated.

However, 10 days after the recording he took his own life in a suspected suicide – with his estranged wife claiming he was actually 'a paedo'.

Audience member Aiden Dugdale, 20, exclusively told The Sun Online how his traumatic episode played out.


He said: "Jeremy said he knew from the get-go by his body language that he was lying. But most of us of the audience thought he was telling the truth.

"It turned out he had a thing about lying. He lied about a lot of things – about being in the Navy and about having grandchildren.

"He said he couldn’t help lying. His partner said to him on stage: ‘You lie all the time about weird things’.

"Even things she wouldn’t care about he would lie about. He admitted that and said he didn’t know why he did it and he couldn’t help himself."

Kyle fan Aiden, who got last-minute tickets to the recording, said Steve was sobbing from the outset – and quickly confessed to being a prolific liar.


Another audience member told how Steve "collapsed" in agony as the test results claimed he was lying.

Speaking to the BBC Babette Lucas-Marriott said: “Everyone felt the mood change, he was crying from the very beginning and he was so convinced that he would pass this test and that everything would be fine.

“Jeremy brought out the lie detector test and he asked the audience, ‘Who thinks he’s going to pass?’

He absolutely just couldn’t believe what he had heard and, y’know, he was begging his fiancée for forgiveness

“99 per cent of the audience put their hand up, including myself, and then he said he’d failed.

“And you just saw him collapse to the ground.

"He absolutely just couldn’t believe what he had heard and, y’know, he was begging his fiancée for forgiveness.”


Steve's son Carl Woolley, 39, had not spoken to his dad for seven years but received a call from a relative who became concerned about his behaviour soon after the show.

Carl, a health and safety adviser, told the Daily Mail: “I called after he got home from filming the episode. He was distraught over the break-up of the relationship.

“He had gone on the show solely to clear his name but he said it had gone wrong because of the lie detector test.

“He was adamant that he did not lie. He was so upset that he wasn’t making much sense, but he just kept repeating: ‘I haven’t cheated, Carl, I swear I haven’t cheated’.”


The Jeremy Kyle Show was permanently axed following Steve's death with its famous host, 53, saying he was "utterly devastated" by what happened.

He exclusively told The Sun: “Myself and the production team I have worked with for the last 14 years are all utterly devastated by the recent events.
“Our thoughts and sympathies are with Steve’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time.”

The show was pulled off air on Monday as broadcast bosses worked frantically to come up with a final decision on its future.

But ITV permanently scrapped the programme, which ran 3,320 episodes over 14 years, after uproar from Mr Dymond’s loved ones and horrified viewers.

Carolyn McCall, ITV’s CEO, confirmed yesterday: “Given the gravity of recent events we have decided to end production of The Jeremy Kyle Show.

“The Jeremy Kyle Show has had a loyal audience and has been made by a dedicated production team for 14 years, but now is the right time for the show to end.

“Everyone at ITV's thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Steve Dymond."

The decision to axe Jeremy Kyle comes after Prime Minister Theresa May said Mr Dymond's  death was a "deeply concerning case".

Reality TV bosses now face a House of Commons probe after the show was axed.

Top MPs will investigate whether telly shows are endangering participants by failing to support those with mental health issues.

The Sun revealed how host Jeremy – worth £4million –  feared chiefs were looking for an excuse to axe his show for good.

Kyle, who is on a £2million-a-year contract with ITV, had told friends he was afraid of being made a scapegoat for the tragedy.

A source said: “Jeremy and those on the show are worried that this could be the nail in the coffin.

“There’s been a groundswell of criticism since the news broke of Steve’s death, and there’s a feeling from people who work on the show that top bosses might decide to use the incident as a reason to change things around.”


Steve, from Gosports, Hants, went on the show to prove his innocence after he was accused of being unfaithful by girlfriend Jane.

However, he failed a lie detector test and the couple split after the episode was recorded.

News of his death was revealed after Jane told The Sun she feared he had taken a fatal overdose of arthritis medication.


He was really excited and confident. But it was all a front and I knew it. He wasn't well at all.

She said: "He wanted to go on. He was really excited and confident. But it was all a front and I knew it. He wasn't well at all."

"He was still my fiance. I still loved him. As much as he was a pig to me I still loved him."

She said the Jeremy Kyle team made repeated efforts to contact Steve after the show and described them as "brilliant".

Steve's son Carl later claimed the show had “ripped into” his dad.

Carl said: "He told me, ‘Kyle really laid into me’.

“Presumably that was at the point when they announced the lie detector result. I’m satisfied he intended to kill himself.”


It emerged Steve had suffered a series of blows in his personal life and his appearance on the show was the "final straw".

He first split from Jane in February after she accused him of cheating on her with his ex.

Less than a week after the break-up, he was sacked from his job at Daedalus airfield in Gosport, for accidentally knocking down a timber barrier.

He was very upset before going on the show. Steve and Jane had been together for two years and he loved her.

Friends said the incidents marked the start of a downward spiral that culminated in him being found dead in his Portsmouth bedsit last week. Ambulance officials said he had been dead for “a number of days”.

One pal told The Sun: “He was very upset before going on the show. Steve and Jane had been together for two years and he loved her. But she said he was a compulsive liar and they claimed to have hit one another.

“He said he was doing the show to make Jane happy and save the relationship."


Steve was subject to an arrest warrant at the time of his death after he failed to appear in court.

He had been ordered to pay nearly £6,000 compensation in 1997 for two counts of theft. He was due before JPs in Southampton in February — the month he split from Jane — for the non-payment of £4,329, but did not show.

The Jeremy Kyle Show has been running on ITV since July 2005 with 16 seasons airing on a daytime schedule.

It often leads viewers divided with some questioning whether Jeremy Kyle helps his guests or subjects them to ridicule.

The presenter signed a new three-year contract with ITV worth a reported £2million a year in 2014, making him one of the country's highest-earning daytime hosts.

He also hosted an American version of the show, which ran for two seasons from 2011 but was cancelled.


EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.

If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:

  • CALM,, 0800 585 858
  • Heads Together,
  • Mind,, 0300 123 3393
  • Papyrus,, 0800 068 41 41
  • Samaritans,, 116 123

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