Dancing on Ice sees comeback for Michael Barrymore, 17 years since last major TV role – The Sun

ENTERTAINER Michael Barrymore is making his TV comeback on Dancing on Ice.

The star, 67, is ready to rebuild his career, which was devastated when party guest Stuart Lubbock died in his swimming pool in 2001.

ITV believe he can have the same comic impact as Gemma Collins, a viewer favourite on the last series hosted by Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

An insider said: “Michael has always been TV gold and show chiefs appreciate there’s still a huge amount of interest in him. There’s no doubting he’ll be hilarious on the ice.”

Michael was one of the 1980s’ biggest stars as host of Strike It Lucky.  In 2006 he came second on Celebrity Big Brother.

On Piers Morgan’s Life Stories in June he apologised for Stuart’s death, for which he was never charged. He also revealed a suicide bid while in rehab.

He has since said: “I feel it is the right time and place (to return) but it is not for me to decide. I can’t give myself work.”

Michael came out as gay in 1995 and split from wife Cheryl in 1997. He now lives with dog, Dave.

ITV said: “Any names linked to Dancing on Ice 2020 are pure speculation. We will be confirming our line-up in due course.”

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