Steve Wilkos Show Kicks Polygraph Operator Dan Ribacoff Off Team

Celebrity polygraph operator Daniel D. Ribacoff, who has been with the NBCUniversal tabloid television talk program, The Steve Wilkos Show, since 2009, is evidently no longer on the “team.” Until recently, Ribacoff was one of four people included on the show’s Team” webpage:

Steve Wilkos Show Team, 6 October 2021

But as of today, 28 October 2021, Ribacoff appears to be off the team:

Steve Wilkos Show Team, 28 October 2021

In December 2019, Ribacoff falsely accused innocent Steve Wilkos Show guest Anca Pennington of burning her infant daughter with cigarettes, leading to her attempted suicide. That didn’t get him kicked off the team.

In lawsuits filed in 2019 and 2020, Ribacoff was credibly accused of bilking a client of his private investigative firm out of millions of dollars. That didn’t get him kicked off the team.

In May 2021, Jesse Wayne Perkins, who passed a lie detector test on the Steve Wilkos Show, was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a 15-month-old girl. The Steve Wilkos Show deleted video of that episode from its YouTube channel (we have a copy), but that didn’t get Ribacoff kicked off the team.

On 9 October 2021, published racist text messages Ribacoff sent to an employee of his private investigative company. This appears to be what got him kicked off the team.

Investigative journalist and California-based licensed private investigator Jeffrey Augustine reports on Ribacoff’s racist text messages and their implications for a racial discrimination case against the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority Police Department in an article titled, “Racist Texts Allegedly Sent by Dan Ribacoff, Polygraph Expert at Steve Wilkos Show, IIGPI, Appear to Support Discrimination Accusations Against NY MTA.”

Correction: The original version of this article stated that Daniel Ribacoff had been with the Steve Wilkos Show since its 2007 debut. This is not correct. According to Ribacoff’s now deleted profile on the Steve Wilkos Show website, he “has been conducting lie detector tests for The Steve Wilkos Show since 2009.”

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  • I don’t know if Ribacoff’s racist texts were really the final straw leading to Dan finally getting terminated from the show. It could be a sequence of different things. They probably only decided to keep him on just to keep up appearances for as long as possible but other texts also seem to indicate that Dan was talking smack about Steve, so it is also likely that Steve the Queen of Butthurt did not appreciate this either

    • Whoops sorry I mistakenly left out Steve’s Queen of Butthurt video

    • Steve Wilkes show is a sham, ithinkitputs every person who failed the poly into a new light. I don’t believe teyare guilty at all! Steve is kind of leaning on this guy way too much and ignored all the signs of Dan lying himself!! It calls every text of danrubicoffs into question!

  • […] our request for comment. However, as the website revealed, Dan Ribacoff’s name and photo were removed the Steve Wilkos “team members” website and he was made a […]

  • […] our request for comment. However, as the website revealed, Dan Ribacoff’s name and photo were removed the Steve Wilkos “team members” website and he was made a […]

  • I am willing to bet various government entities are still contracting with Dan’s sham firm IIG. Think about this – what does it say about our various governmental entities that contract with an organization that even falls beneath the ethics of the Steve Wilkos show?

  • He had his chances. I believe that he should have been fired from the time he gave a false report of the polygraph result on any body. As you can see he nearly killed someone it is shameful.
    People believe in the polygraph test and people won’t know what to believe.
    It is really appalling.

  • I understand that a smear campaign by a disgruntled client is the source of this information. Has there been any trials, or convictions or just accusations?
    No one would be convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison based on a polygraph.

    • At this time, Daniel Ribacoff has not been charged with any crime. However, he has been credibly accused of billing fraud (in the millions of dollars) in a New York lawsuit that is currently pending trial, and criminal charges could be forthcoming. The information provided in this article is well-researched and is not part of a “smear campaign.” If you believe anything here to be false or misleading, please explain.

    • I’m with you on that. Especially since polygraphs aren’t allowed in court they aren’t submissible. I do have an issue with polygraphs tho. I don’t believe in them 100%.

    • Dan ribacoff should be banned from the show he is trying to make a name for himself

  • Well Fan of the Show a man named Jesse Wayne Perkins was convicted of killing a little girl even though he passed Dan’s polygraph, look it up.

  • I deeply feel Wilkos cares and wants justice for the victims of molestation or anyone who commits acts of violence. However, his ratings are high and he would praise Dan all the time for “being the best” polygraph tester in the field, he’s said it many times. But, I back him ? for not wanting a racist jerk off on “his team”. Why would it take him all these years to figure it out? I’m mixed and u can feel it when someone is a racist. ?????

  • I dunno, from what the more recent episodes reflect, it looks like Dan is still secretly (perhaps illegally) performing polygraphs for the guests back stage. I am guessing they simply removed his profile from the site because they think it might make them look bad or something…? It might also be the reason they never officially released a statement…..whew! This show is run by snakes.

  • So I’ve binge watched probably three hundred Steve Wilkos shows avd in about ten of those I fully believed that Dan was messing with the tests .. there are just some people it’s obvious when they’re lying or not .. bur because they act like Dans results are the god honest truth for certain, people believe that whatever Dan says is gospel truth .. I felt like after about 100 shows that he was a great polygraph examiner but then came along an episode here and there where I just absolutely could not believe his results .. so I looked him up and low and behold. He had fabricated results ..

  • Dan ribacoff is a good person somebody had to go down for the criminal acts that were happening on this show. I can prove I did not cheat I can also prove the man I was with beat on me and cheated on me he told me before we left and supposedly he still passed his test and supposedly I failed mine I’m going to get another one done I’ve been with two men in the last 10 years and I’m going to prove that I’ve been faithful to both of them five years each I went to the show to show the man that I was with at the time that he was beating on me for no reason I wanted him to stop all it did was make him feel like he was doing something right and he beat the hell out of me more to the point he put his hands on my children and I had to leave him Dan Rebacoff is a very good guy he said Steve was a dick.

    I know Steve wilkos lied on my case ruined my name almost ruined my life this shit got brought up in dependency court


  • Ok Listen up. Lie Detector Tests (Regardless of what Steve ans Dan and The Guests and viewers) think, Is Not 100percent acurate. They arent even 80% Acurate. A compulsive liar can pass, as fast as a person with ADD can fail. They cant be used in court unlesx agreed upon the Judge, Prosecutor, and Defense attorney. As far as people taking pleas. Most people take pleas, because they rather do 1-5 years or probation-6mos, than face the maximum sentence. Sometimes you have to take the plea instead of Rolling The Dice with a Jury. As far as Steve Show. ITS A SHOW PEOPLE. USE IT FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND NOT LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE.

  • Want to pass a polygraph test take 800 mg of gapapentin six hours before the test it is not.a narcotic such as lyrica. Do not try to controll your breathing. Behave naturally. Also no polygraph test is 99. 5 percent accurate.steve allways says Dan is the most accurate in the world. This is nonsense. Only an idiot would get on that show to start with. Remember Ted bundy and John Wayne gacy both passed a police polygraph easily.

  • I hate this show!
    For one I have passed a polygraph and I lied. You can pass if your not nervous.
    For two: who pays people to go on national TV to air out their most grossest, unhuman, deceitful laundry.
    I think Steve likes DRAMA

  • Wow I can’t believe these comments and now don’t know what to think. I always thought that not only Steve was a decent guy who likes to bring the bad guys to justice but that he had an expert polygrapher in Dan but now I am not so sure. I was on e on another show for a polygraph test and failed, shocked is an understatement. I knew that I told the truth and would love to be able to prove it but I can’t trust a so called polygraph expert. When I took the test I should have been considered not testable because of medical conditions and because of medication I was prescribed. While being tested the wires were falling off and it was a BIG MESS. The worst was in the credits at the end it said that the polygraph tests were not real and were to be taken as entertainment. I was never told anything of the sort, I wouldn’t have went. It ruined a 35+yr friendship. It was a con. So I wouldn’t advise anyone to get in any of these shows.

  • Who is giving tests now on the Steve Welco show? It doesn’t show their name on the credits

    • Dan is still doing them they just don’t have him in the credits or in the web site bc if the racist allegations

  • Sounds like there are numerous Polygraph experts worh training in here. Albeit from different schools. Some say 80 percent ,some say 60, some say not at all accurate, some say take this drug, so you’ll hear 40k opinions online and in person. Just as with any subject there is always someone who has an answer about every subject. You’ll always hear so many things from people who listen to the tabloids instead of real facts. Thirr first response ” Oh I read it in the National Enqurier “, or some anti whatever site. I study and read on seek out truth myself. It’s like Doctors I have worked with have given medical advice to thier patients and there is always someone who will discredit them and say some stuff like” Just burn frogs hairs and drink it”, or ” Put Butter or Mayonnaise on that third degree burn my mom did it when my dad got electricuted by lightning and he was fine”.

    Research more the molester got life based on facts, victim testimony, etc. NO ONE, NO ONE, gets life simply based on a polygraph! I challenge anyone to provide the proof and post on here. The judge had to tell the man based on the polygraph evidence alone im sentencing tou to life in prison! Wow! You will also hear all those who defend Steve and provide evidence none of it is true. So anymore unless I hear it out of someone’s mouth I belive nothing! Especially, the media,tabloids, etc.

    People are so quick to post but with no proof . I’m just suppossed to take it as fact right? Like certain meds will beat the test. It’s like the old saying drink bleach and you’ll beat a urine test.

  • AMAC107, you are all over the place, but let me try to answer your latest question:
    * On the case of the alleged Oklahoma molester; what is scary to many of us is that the individual made a plea arrangement with the prosecutor to accept probation in lieu of going on trial, which is a roll of the dice. The caveat was that the accused had to take polygraph tests and if he failed, his probation would be revoked. Independent university studies have shown that polygraph, and the related voice stress analysis, have results that are chance level, or the same reliability of a coin flip. Well, in case of the Oklahoma defendant, the coin flip was not in his favor.
    What is scary to me is a crooked prosecutor with a shaky case could make similar deals and obtain back door convictions without presenting evidence, except the pseudo-science “lie detector.” This is not a liberal/conservative or Democratic/Republican debate but more of the Salem Witch Trial. It does not get much more Orwellian than this scenario.
    I agree that many people flap their jaws with no proof to back up their statements. I frequently challenge polygraph and VSA people to back up their claims that “lie detectors” are reliable, but gosh, they never can. Quick point: Gary Ridgeway killed approximately 20 more victims after “passing” a polygraph.
    Finally, if polygraphs are not allowed in the front door of court, they also should not be allowed in the back door of court. We need hard evidence, not hocus pocus.

  • I’m kinda shocked. Yet I’ve always had doubts about lie detector test. This is really sad and disturbing. Thinking some innocent were condemned and others got away with lies. I can’t believe Steve would have known. But you never know. Infact I believe this time frame was when Steve Wilkos realized he had a drinking problem. So maybe things slipped through the cracks. Very sad to hear this. I will say I did have gut feelings about Dan. I still watch but now my suspicious thoughts were dead on.
    I do believe Steve and wife should address this issue. As long as they don’t get in trouble for what they say. I don’t know how much more I’ll watch his show. ????

  • Patricia, no one should be watching the Steve Wilkos show. Steve is just a dancing monkey for the man at NBCUniversal. This show’s purpose is to further humiliate desperate, hurting people for the entertainment of other marginalized groups.
    There is no such thing as a lie detector, being that it is impossible for a machine to detect when someone is lying. Credible scientists are aware of this, if polygraphy and the related voice stress analysis were a legitimate science, universities would grant doctorates in truth verification. They don’t, and that is why people in this industry buy fake doctorates, such as Humble, Baker, Berg, Gelb, et al.
    Ribacoff is especially notorious, even among the shady operators of polys and voice stress analyzers. There is credible evidence that Ribacoff condoned his employees raping a surveillance target, as well as the fact that Ribacoff was retained by the Church of Scientology to follow Leah Remini when she was in NYC since her series was devasting for this so-called church. This “church” uses a form of the “lie detector” called an e-meter to financially exploit its members.
    Finally, it is absolutely sickening how Wilcos, Ribacoff and their evil corporate overlords almost caused the death of a young woman for the sole purpose of getting ratings.

  • Wow, after reading all these posts, I’m pissed. An ex cop, an ex marine lying so easily for cash is shameful. Marine my ass ! I’m ex military and an ex cop and find this news appalling. Excuse my French but….. Asshole ! And that’s 99 % the truth.

    • How exactly does Dan’s actions make Steve the bad guy!?!
      I won’t say that I always believe in the accuracy of each test, but I DO BELIEVE, 100% that Steve and his wife are good, honest people, who truly want to make a shuddered in this sin filled world!
      At the end of the day, it is a talk show, not a court of law!
      I say, focus on REAL LIFE PROBLEMS YOU’RE FACING IN REAL LIFE!!!! Stop behaving as though any of this nonsense is worth getting upset over.
      I love watching the show and I have respect for Steve and his wife, with a side note. That is, AGAIN, it’s a talk show and requires ratings to stay on air. My opinion is only based on the person I see on the Boob- tube, so who actually knows if that’s who they are in real life.

  • Guess that proves the results of the test are fake and made up like everyone suspects

  • i once had to take a polygraph test for a job at a grocery store. i failed the test! why? because the the person giving test said i failed because of high blood pressure! since then i don’t believe in those so called “lie detector” test. what’s up with that??

  • I hope this demon does not get another job somewhere else

  • At the end of the day it’s nothing more than Jerry Springer’s retarded cousin, Steve Wikos …

    It’s all about ratings and nothing else – no ratings no advertiser’s – no advertiser’s, no show – the math is simple

    The 2 of them got along so well because they have identical personalities – neither cares about ANYTHING except themselves – period the end

    And the “Racist” thing is almost comical – they should both wear white sheets on the show and March out of stage in lockstep

    It’s entertainment folks, albeit the worst kind but it’s just entertainment – these people could care less about anyone on that stage

    Pay me ????

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