My friends were faceless men in dingy betting shops.'I got to a stage where I was betting every single day.
He told the Manchester Evening News: 'I still ring my mum every day. I think Dad probably watches the show, occasionally.'Before he found fame on television, Jeremy Kyle was a recruitment consultant — but with a serious gambling addiction like many of those unfortunates he castigates on his show.
Jeremy met his first wife, Kirsty, in 1988 when he joined the Bristol agency where she worked as a secretary. He once described it thus: 'Gambling is the mistress that truly seduced me.
He was awarded a CVO medal, an honour from the Royal Victorian Order, for his service.
Patrick Kyle's working life was spent at Clarence House, and he was, apparently, one of the first people to see Diana, Princess of Wales in her wedding dress on the morning of the ceremony.
Needless to say, the experiment didn't work, and within three months, Carla and Greg had split. Jeremy said that he hoped he had at last found a love which would stand the test of time, like his parents.
'In Carla, I have a wife in whom I can confide about anything,' he said.He said: 'I get up and mop the kitchen floor at 2am.I lick my mobile phone to make sure it's clean — I know it's disgusting.Jeremy, by contrast, has been divorced twice and says that some of his relatives have been scandalised by his marital failures.He cites his father's work ethic as an inspiration.The Jeremy Kyle Show, which has been running since 2005, throws a lurid spotlight onto the failings of its guests — who are all treated to a lecture from its rather sanctimonious host about where they've been going wrong in life.