Emotional Michael Barrymore can’t understand why he’s ‘kicked in teeth’

Emotional Michael Barrymore started to choke up on today's Good Morning Britain as he questioned why he is still blamed for Stuart Lubbock's death in his pool.

Barrymore, now 67, and two other men – his ex-lover Jonathan Kenney and dustman Justin Merritt – were arrested and later released without charge, and police say the three have not been "completely eliminated" from inquiries.

Five others were at the party that night – Merritt’s younger sister Kylie, chef James Futers, and locals Simon Shaw, Claire Jones, then 17, and Kelly Campbell. Det Chief Insp Stephen Jennings told a press conference: “One or more of the eight people at this party are responsible for Stuart’s death.”

Speaking for the first time since Channel 4 documentary Barrymore: The Body In The Pool aired, the presenter said he was constantly being "kicked in the teeth".

He said: "They kick me in the teeth every time I don’t know what to do. I’ve been as honest as I can. I’ve only got the one story. I don’t know anything else or I would have said."


As Barrymore started to choke up he apologised, admitting: "Sorry, I didn't want this to happen."

He continued: "The only reason i got through the last 19, coming up to 20, years is the massive support from my fans and close mates. They’ve grown up with me and know me and know I’m not a wrong un'.

"It's their support – not the ones on Twitter . The pound shop detectives. How many times am I supposed to be kicked and take it?

"I’m not looking for sympathy. I'm a big boy. I’m going to hold my head up and walk out on the street with it high."


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Barrymore called for an independent police force to come in and take over from Essex Police.

He said: "I'm happy to see him. Talk to the police anytime. My door is open 24/7. I've got nothing to hide.

"I have every right to go out and be employed in the business and not get kicked in the teeth. It’s only because I'm back on again."


Asked if he had anything more to give to the police, Barrymore said: "I honestly wish I did. I put myself through 20 years of hell. I don’t know anything.

"I haven’t got another story. I’ve only got the one story which as the same when I was interviewed at the beginning. When I came out of Big Brother in 2006 I had it all again."

He added: "They kick me in the teeth every time I don’t know what to do. I’ve been as honest as I can. I’ve only got the one story. I don’t know anything else or I would have said."

Barrymore insisted that he does not believe that anyone at the party knows anything that they have not told the police.

He said: "I've never seen them since that date. Not one of them. I’ve not got heir number. I've never spoken to them.

"The wall of silence is because they genuinely don’t know. Yes I do believe them. I can’t see how…because of going against Essex Police for wrongful arrest I was able to see every witness statement. I only quoted from facts and thats what my view is.

"That comes before me or anybody. It doesn’t matter how bad I feel. I can’t live my life and get on with my life."


Barrymore also revealed that he had met with Stuart Lubbock's father, Terry, three times since his son's death.

He said: "The first time I met him I said, 'You know I don’t have anything to do with this'. He said, 'I know'. So I said, 'Why are you pointing the finger at me?'

"I say, 'Why do you keep having a go at me when we part and pointing fingers'. And everyone else is joining in. A nudge and innuendo.

"It doesn’t matter how bad it is for me it won’t be as bad as Mr Lubbock and his family. Why would I hide and kept anything and put myself through this pain and agony every time this comes up.

"We’re going over it again and I answered you everything. I said they come first. I’m still here. Stuart isn’t. It's not been dealt with properly.

"To keep it as the same scenario and repeat it every five years when I turn up on TV – it needs to stop."

Piers Morgan asked Barrymore what he would believe if he was in Terry Lubbock's shoes.

Barrymore replied: "Based on what is there and the evidence I would have to go down the line of it's not what he thinks.

"Why don’t we sit down together, instead of this constant 'I know you have'. Let's deal with it properly as grown ups.

"He knows I have nothing to do with it. He says, 'How else will I get publicity?'."

When Susanna Reid pointed out that Terry Lubbock was not there to defend himself, Barrymore added: "If that's hearsay I take it back."

Channel 4 have released a full statement in response to Barrymore's criticism of the documentary.

It reads: "The documentary was balanced and explored Mr Barrymore and the Lubbock family’s treatment by the press.

"In accordance with the Ofcom Broadcasting code, Mr Barrymore was given a fair opportunity to respond to significant allegations and his position was fairly reflected in the documentary. Channel 4 looked at an earlier proposal for a documentary with Mr Barrymore’s participation, however after further research the programme was not commissioned.

"In 2018, Channel 4 commissioned an independent documentary based on the Leveson court case and in conjunction with the Lubbock family to re-examine what happened the night of Stuart’s death."

*Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am

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