Jeremy Kyle told a guest suspected of taking his own life after failing a lie detector test he “would not trust him with a chocolate button”.
The TV host branded Steve Dymond a “serial liar” after he went on the show to prove he did not cheat on his partner, and asked the jeering audience: “Has anyone got a shovel?’’
A week later Steve was found dead from a morphine overdose in Portsmouth, Hants.
It is the first time Kyle’s toxic remarks – which led a coroner to demand he attend Steve’s inquest and to rule his actions “may have caused or contributed” to the death – have been revealed.
Coroner Jason Pegg, who watched the never aired episode, said: “Jeremy Kyle adopted an approach where he called the deceased a ‘serial liar’, that he ‘would not trust him with a chocolate button’ and made a comment, ‘has anyone got a shovel?’.”
Steve’s son Carl Woolley said his dad – who medics said had previously taken overdoses and had “recurrent” suicidal thoughts – told him “he had been humiliated, taken for a mug and pounced on by the presenter”, the coroner said.
Mr Pegg said Steve phoned his brother, Leslie Dymond, after the show, saying he had “endured a terrible time and could not go on living”.
The coroner said it was also “apparent” Kyle knew Steve had “previously been diagnosed with depression” and had been taking medication.
He added he was “satisfied that acts or omissions of Jeremy Kyle may have caused or contributed to the death of Stephen Dymond”.
“Accordingly, I deem Jeremy Kyle to be an interested person in this case,’’ he said.
Mr Kyle had not responded to a request for comment last night. Following the tragedy The Jeremy Kyle Show was axed by ITV after 14 years.
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