Michael Barrymore raised concerns with his appearance on This Morning on Thursday, as he slurred his words and talked about the on-screen presenters.
The 71-year-old TV star began the appearance by proclaiming that he didn’t know who the hosts Josie Gibson and Craig Doyle were, saying: “I thought it was Alison and the other one, who are you two?”, apparently referencing Dermot. O.’Leary.
Viewers flooded Twitter to comment on the ‘car crash’ interview, in which he also made fun of Craig’s Irish accent and caused Josie to scold him for talking while trying to introduce the interview.
Michael, who recently declared he was “busier and happier” than ever, has been paving the way for promotion with his return as a TikTok star and successful theater director after winning acclaim for new West End show Laurel and Chaplin.
Despite his apparent glee at his career moves, his latest TV appearance has had tongues wagging, 22 years after his dazzling showbiz career ended after Stuart Lubbock’s death in 2001 after from a party at his home in Essex.
Concerns: Michael Barrymore raised concerns with his appearance on This Morning on Thursday, as he slurred his words and talked about on-screen presenters.
Talking: Viewers flooded Twitter to comment on the ‘car crash’ interview, in which he also made fun of Craig’s Irish accent and prompted Josie to scold him for talking while trying to introduce the interview
Back with a bang: Michael, who recently claimed he was the “busiest and happiest” he’s ever been, has been blazing a promotional trail with his return as a TikTok star and successful theater director after winning praise for the new show from the West End, Laurel and Chaplin.
Michael wore an extremely casual, rumpled salmon top for his appearance on the show where he chatted with Josie and Craig, who are two of the carousel of presenters who have weighed in since Phillip Schofield’s scandalous departure.
At the beginning of the chat, in his shocking comment about the hosts, Michael said: ‘I thought it was Alison and the other one, who are you two? Who are they? I know the names of all the cameramen, but I don’t know you two.
He then began to make fun of Craig’s accent, to which Josie quipped, ‘Now it’s my turn!’, eliciting a stunned face from Michael.
Twitter was soon inundated with comments about the interview, with fans writing: ‘Michael Barrymore, what a nightmare and what a horrible section…
‘This interview with Michael Barrymore is horrendous… michael barrymore on the show is car crash tv… Unfortunately Michael Barrymore doesn’t look good. Really hard to understand, he slurred his words and went off topic repeatedly…
‘Painful sight… Is Michael Barrymore okay?… This interview of Michael Barrymore is deeply disturbing… My God. Michael Barrymore, it’s a little car accident.
On his behavior towards Craig, one Twitter user wrote: ‘Michael Barrymore making fun of the accents. Cheap old-fashioned childish humour’…Michael barrymore probably doesn’t know josie n craig.’
However, some cheered for the veteran star, with one fan writing: “Apparently Michael Barrymore was on This Morning today.” It was about time he was back on TV. He is more talented than 99% of those on TV put together…
Hmm… On his behavior towards Craig, one Twitter user wrote: ‘Michael Barrymore making fun of the accents. Cheap old fashioned childish humour’…Michael barrymore probably doesn’t know josie n craig’
Fans: Some were cheering for the veteran star though, with one fan writing: ‘Apparently Michael Barrymore was on This Morning today. It was about time he was back on TV. He has more talent than 99% of those on TV put together’
‘Michael Barrymore on this morning tv gold…Michael Barrymore, possibly the best entertainer and presenter we’ve ever had…Michael Barrymore is a funny guy. Strike luck it was great. #This morning’.
Late last month, Michael told him the daily star that despite the ‘little pieces of shit’ that had happened in her life, she had never lost her passion for acting.
Saying, ‘I can’t tell you how happy I am right now. I’m busier than ever and happier than ever.’
‘I’m probably the fittest I’ve ever been, too. I walk a lot, I eat well and I do what I like. I’m 71 years old and I feel fitter than when I was 40 when I was drinking and all that.’
Michael is co-directing the new production ‘Laurel & Chaplin – The Feud’ at London’s Cambridge Theatre, about the rivalry between two of the world’s biggest entertainers, Stan Laurel and Charlie Chaplin.
It will tell the ‘true story of teenage best friends’ whose relationship broke up when silent film star Chaplin found fame in Hollywood.
Congratulations: The former TV presenter revealed he was the “bustiest and happiest” he’s ever had after receiving praise for the new West End show Laurel and Chaplin