Michael Barrymore feigns tears as he teases return to TV in 'bizarre' interview

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Michael Barrymore feigns tears as he teases return to TV in
Michael Barrymore feigns tears as he teases return to TV in 'bizarre' interview

Michael Barrymore feigned tears during a rare TV appearance on This Morning today.

The former Strike It Lucky presenter, 71, became emotional as he spoke about 'stuff he was going through' before attempting to hide his 'tears' and then joking 'crying looks good on camera.'

Barrymore was dropped by ITV following the death of Stuart Lubbock at the star's Essex home in 2001. Michael was never charged with any crime and had previously slammed TV bosses who ditched him.

Today, he appeared on This Morning to speak about his new TikTok fame as well as discussing his stint directing a West End production. Josie Gibson and Craig Doyle hosted This Morning today, where they were joined on the blue sofa by Michael.

Michael Barrymore feigns tears as he teases return to TV in 'bizarre' interview rriddqixxiqezinvMichael appeared to get emotional (ITV)

Speaking on This Morning today, Michael revealed: "I couldn't be happier honestly. Everybody has stuff to go through. Do you how I've dealt with that? Sorry I'm getting a bit emotional," before he bowed his head and shied his eyes from the camera.

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When presenter Josie tried to comfort him, he pushed her away and said 'no no don't do that, the crying looks good on telly', before jumping back into his usual self as Craig Doyle quizzed him on whether he'd ever go back to TV.

"I live in TikTok land but never say never about returning to TV," he mused.

Michael previously slammed his former bosses in an interview with the Daily Star, sharing: "It’s strange that companies don’t employ innocent people. Maybe you have to be guilty to get a job in TV, I don’t know. From my experience they don’t employ innocent people. It’s unfair, of course. It’s terrible. You’re supposed to support people. You’re supposed to support the people that work for you."

Michael Barrymore feigns tears as he teases return to TV in 'bizarre' interviewHe later told Josie it 'looked good' to cry on TV (ITV)

Michael had previously admitted it has taken him over two decades to get his confidence back.

He said: "The amount of confidence you need to work the way I did at my peak was phenomenal and that took years to build up. When everything went my confidence was completely smashed. It has taken me 22 years to get that back."

"I haven't been asked to do any shows. I haven’t had a word from anyone. Nobody has been in touch because they don’t want to deal with all the crap," he says. Michael's most recent appearance on TV was meant to be in Dancing On Ice in January 2020, but he had to pull out of the competition in December 2019 due to an injury.

Elsewhere, in 2006, Michael was paid £150,000 by Channel 4 to appear on Celebrity Big Brother in January that year. He finished in second place on 27 January, coming runner-up to non-celebrity entry Chantelle Houghton. One month on from leaving the Big Brother house, Michael was guest host on Channel 4's The Friday Night Project. He also appeared on Piers Morgan's Life Stories in 2019.

Jasmine Allday

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