THIS Morning hit left viewers furious Wednesday after the hit-daytime show booked the disgraced 90s telly star Michael Barrymore to promote his new Instagram version of the hit ITV quiz show Strike It Lucky.
Barrymore, 68 infuriated Twitter over the killing of Stuart Lubbock who died in swimming pool in early 2001.
Manipulative Micheal allegedly “pulled out” of his big ITV comeback on Dancing on Ice in January 2020 due to the Channel 4 documentary on the death of Stuart Lubbock documentary.
An ITV insider told Politicalite earlier this year that the star “faked” a wrist injury weeks before he was due to return to prime-time TV.
His shady past did not stop the daytime ITV show – that has recently faced controversy over Phillip Schofield’s alleged affair with This Morning runner Mathew Mcgreevy who many claim was allegedly ‘groomed’ by the former Children’s TV host Phillip Schofield.
Twitter users were left outraged with Ms Lollie questioned why ‘this narcissist’ was on the show, as he hadn’t ‘come clean about what happened’ to Lubbock.
— Ms Lollie (@lols_2011) May 6, 2020
Another user going by the name of Stickymanners joked about not being able to think about Barrymore without the phrase ‘massive internal injuries’.
Can’t think about #MichaelBarrymore without thinking of the phrase massive internal injuries.
— Stickymanners (@RobertaDobalina) May 6, 2020
When someone is raped to death in your pool & the first thing you do is ring your agent rather than an ambulance – then offer no explanation for the death – you don't expect to be on This Morning treated like a celebrity: or do you?
MASSIVE INTERNAL INJURIES #MichaelBarrymore
— Princess Meghan Markle's Inner Voice (@MrLodge) May 6, 2020
— michelle harrison (@redrobin73) May 6, 2020
I once saw #MichaelBarrymore in a supermarket that I used to work in. Dude looked me straight in the eyes and freaked me the hell out. There's something not right about that guy.
— Christian Reeve (@CPKR1993) May 6, 2020
So, while #MichaelBarrymore is having a great time with @Schofe @hollywills on @thismorning Terry Lubbock is still waiting for justice! Michael is still a suspect in a murder! @ITV should be ashamed! @EssexPoliceUK @CrimestoppersUK
— Michelle Giles (@ChelleGiles72) May 6, 2020
Some did stick up for Barrymore however, with user Alex Dowling called Lubbock’s death an ‘accident’ and it wasn’t Michael’s fault and user James Sword arguing that Barrymore was ‘innocent until proven guilty’ and felt that it was ‘trial by trash news papers again’.
Loving all these comments about #MichaelBarrymore being on @thismorning did I miss the bit where your innocent until proven guilty? Trail by trash news papers again? No doubt the same people taking no notice of #lockdown
— James Sword (@Jamessword33) May 6, 2020
The case in question relates to his 2001 arrest for murder surrounding the death of Stuart Lubbock.
The 31-year-old Lubbock had gone back to Barrymore’s Essex mansion after meeting the star at a nightclub in Essex.
The coke-fulled after party had spiralled out of control, Lubbock was found dead in the swimming pool and Police were called.
It was later revealed that he had died of drowning, with drugs and alcohol in his system and anal injuries due to sexual assault.
Despite not being cleared over the death, this incident killed Barrymore’s career, and he has yet to make a full comeback.
Lubbocks father Terry Lubbock said that the TV star‘knows more than he’s letting on’ about the death of the working-class factory worker.
Terry, 74, called for the TV presenter to “clear your name” or “put your hands up”, as Essex Police and Crimestoppers offered a £20,000 reward for information.