Michael Barrymore was seen getting emotional on Good Morning Britain today as he spoke to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid about the death of Stuart Lubbock on the ITV show.
Lubbock’s mysterious death was recently re-examined in the Channel 4 documentary Barrymore: The Body in the Pool.
The 31-year-old was found dead in the swimming pool of Barrymore in Essex in 2001.
At the time, Emergency services in Essex received a call saying: “A fella has drowned in the pool We have got him out.
“There’s a party going on and someone has just gone out and found him. I think the geezer’s dead mate.”
Essex police have now admitted that “crime scene mistakes” were made during the investigation, which remains open to this day.
Barrymore was seen getting emotional on the show today as he said he'd been through "20 years of hell".
He told Piers and Susanna: "The only reason I've got through the last 19 years is because of the support from fans and my mates.
"They know me, they know I'm not a wrong'un."
Barrymore also said that Twitter was full of "Poundshop detectives."
He asked: "How many times am I supposed to be kicked?"
Barrymore said he wasn't "looking for sympathy" though and said he understands what Lubbock's family must be going through.
Michael also slammed Channel 4 bosses for for their recent Stuart Lubbock documentary, saying it was "vile" and that it "sickened" him.
When asked if he was able to watch controversial documentary by Piers, Michael, 67, said: "I watched as much of it as I could.
"It started to get vile and vicious… I started to feel sick."
Interrupting him, Michael's lawyer who joined him on the show said: "It was a very one-sided piece.
"Two months before the documentary aired they approached Michael life and told him it was a celebration of his life and his victimisation of the press."
Channel 4 said in a statement: "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."
They added: "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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