On Wednesday, Kieron Richardson thought he’d ‘lost his job’ after accidentally hinting that his alter ego on Hollyoaks Ste Hay may be behind the killing of Amy Barnes.
Whether he did or didn’t remains to be seen – but in the latest instalment of Hollyoaks, the plot thickens around the case.
In a teaser for the new episode, it seems the police have made their mind up as they arrive to arrest Ste and whisk him to the police station.
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However, he’s not the only one on their hit list.
Ste’s boyfriend Harry Thompson’s (Parry Glasspool) head is on the chopping block too as he is accused of providing a false alibi for his other half in order to distance him from the murder.
But as Harry’s cover up efforts were thwarted when Ste’s daughter Leah placed him at the scene of the crime, the police make an appearance at Tony and Diane’s house – just as Harry is briefing the family about ‘sticking to their story’.
DS Armstrong arrests Ste, which he panics over, trying to resist arrest.
But while Harry tries to intervene, repeating his alibi to DS Armstrong claiming that Ste was with him all night, DS Armstrong reveals he has a witness that places Ste at Amy’s flat (the scene of the crime) the night she was murdered.
As DS Armstrong is giving Harry all this information, Ste is still trying his best to get away from the police as tears stream down his face and Tony holds onto him.
But Harry’s in trouble too – and is also arrested for perverting the course of justice.
This comes after Kieron, 31, got himself into a flap during an appearance on This Morning on Wednesday when he appeared to let slip which character left the blonde beauty (Ashley Slanina-Davies) for dead and covered in blood this week.
He said: ‘The performances are absolutely brilliant. Ashley who plays Amy Barnes is an absolutely fantastic actress.
‘Even in my final scenes when I… no. Is this live? Have you got any jobs here? I might need one.’
Ste and Amy’s troubled relationship has been a mainstay of the series for years.
But this week marked the end of an era as Amy was discovered dead with multiple suspects in the frame.
With blood on his hands, the prime suspect for her killing has always been troubled ex-husband Ste – the father of her two children – since Amy has just made the decision to take his children away with her to America.
While Kieron’s slip could have been part of a plan to deter viewers from guessing the real killer, Holly Willoughby attempted to change the subject to stop him getting himself into any more trouble with Channel 4 bosses.
She asked him about the impending birth of his twins, which were conceived via surrogate, with his husband Carl Hyland.
He explained: ‘I’m having two babies via a surrogate… We argue all the time over the names but we’re not going to tell anyone … I can’t really concentrate right now because I feel like I’ve just lost my job. There’s loads of suspects. I hate this job.’
However, Kieron has teased that people are automatically thinking that his alter ego battered Amy because he’s taking some time out of the soap to be a father and that’s not necessarily the case because the storyline was written long before that.
He said: ‘I think because people know that I’m having babies that they’re like: “Well it’s not going to be him because he’s just having maternity leave. They’re gonna say it’s you and then you’re gonna come back for a bit.” ‘But that’s not the case, the story has been planned since. before we got pregnant. People have their own theories.After his epic gaffe, Kieron asked: ‘Can I go?’ before running off the set.
A spokesperson for Hollyoaks declined to comment further to MailOnline.
Some viewers took to Twitter after the interview to discuss what seemed like a major fail.
‘I don’t even watch #hollyoaks but Kieron’s interview on This Morning was brill #ooops.”Kieron Richardson apparently let slip he killed Amy, I’ll be truly disappointed if it was ste #Hollyoaks.”Don’t worry @MrkieronR think ppl knew & besides you got @Hollyoaks some press so ppl tune in to see what really happens! Always a positive!”Absolutely DYING at Kieron Richardson on #thismorning think he’s just let slip who killed Amy Barnes!!!!!’
‘U were really sweet on TM. Pls show ur bosses this cos u haven’t given away who the killer is. #SaveKieronRichardsonsjob @MrkieronR.’
‘Just watched this morning couldn’t stop laughing @MrkieronR what a man.”#KieronRichardson on @thismorning was classic …clearly a plan to stop us guessing the real killer in @Hollyoaks.’
‘@Hollyoaks that was sooo funny!! His little face #dontsackhim.”Think it’s safe to say that Ste has killed Amy in @Hollyoaks after @MrkieronR This Morning interview #IsThisLiveLive #Oops.”@MrkieronR on @thismorning please don’t sack him @Hollyoaks.”@MrkieronR @thismorning best interview yet. But did he really give anything away with who killed Amy? #hollyoaks #whokilledamy.’
‘Guess what? You’re under arrest too!’ Shock twist in Hollyoaks as Ste Hay is arrested for Amy Barnes’ murder… as well as his boyfriend Harry Thompson
Traumatic: DS Armstrong arrests Ste, which he panics over, trying to resist arrest
Double trouble: While Harry tries to intervene, repeating his alibi to DS Armstrong claiming that Ste was with him all night, DS Armstrong reveals he has a witness that places Ste at Amy’s flat (the scene of the crime) the night she was murdered
Shocking twist: As DS Armstrong is giving Harry all this information, Ste is still trying his best to get away from the police as tears stream down his face and Tony holds onto him
‘I think I’ve just lost my job’: Hollyoaks star Kieron Richardson ran off This Morning set on Wednesday after he appeared to let slip that his character is behind Amy Barnes’ murder
Awkward: He threw his head in his hand after his epic gaffe
Head in hands moment: The 31-year-old actor – who is known for portraying recovering drug addict Ste Hay in the long-running soap – got himself into a flap during the appearance
Oh no: With blood on his hands, the prime suspect for her killing has always been troubled ex-husband Ste – the father of her two children – since Amy has just made the decision to take his children away with her to America
Clueless: Ste has always been the prime suspect for Amy’s murder after suffering a major blackout on the show – but has Kieron really confirmed he’s the killer?
Whodunnit? Amy Barnes has been murdered but there are several suspects in the frame
Shocked: Coming round in the shower, Ste (Kieron Richardson) was seen in a state of panic and confusion as he is unable to comprehend what he’s doing or where he’s been
Oh dear: Some viewers took to Twitter after the interview to discuss what seemed like a major fail
He said: ‘Even in my final scenes when I… no. Is this live? Have you got any jobs here? I might need one’
‘Can I go?’ Embarrassed Kieron asked to leave before running off the set
Could it be? He looked incredible shifty in his seat – but some people wondered if his mistake was part of an elaborate ruse
Send him a job application: Posing backstage, Kieron had a big smile on his face as he stood in casual clothing
There may be trouble ahead: Kieron posed with his thumbs up backstage before the show, ahead of his epic gaffe