Michael Barrymore returns to Dancing On Ice after wrist sprain

Michael Barrymore has made an appearance at Dancing On Ice’sfinale after spraining his wrist knocked him out of the competition.

The ex-Strike It Lucky presenter was attempting a TVcomeback on the show after years away on the screen but was halted in histracks after badly injuring his wrist.

Appearing only on the launch show, which was pre-recorded, Michael was replaced by Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya at the last minute before the live show’s aired.

He’s since made appearances in the audience to support the show, and has said he wants to return in next year’s competition.

During tonight’s finale, he was seen joining the rest of the cast of the 2020 series, appearing in the background of the group as Holly and Phil made the connection between show and the ad breaks.

Pulling faces next to Hamish Gaman, Barrymore appeared to be in good spirits in the blink-and-you’ll-miss-him moment.


In another photo, he cosied up to Maura Higgins while posing with other cast members including H from Steps, Lisa George and Trisha Goddard.

Barrymore’s involvement in this series came with some controversy, due to the ongoing investigation into the death of Stuart Lubbock at Barrymore’s home in March 2001.

Lubbock was found dead in his swimming pool after a small party at Barrymore’s home, and Barrymore has maintained he was innocent of doing, or knowing anything of, what happened to him..


Despite this, his career came to a screeching halt, and relaunch attempts including stage shows, and a stint on Celebrity Big Brother, has failed to revive it.

A Channel 4 documentary, Barrymore: Body In The Pool, which aired while Dancing On Ice was on air, sparked the case being relaunched by Essex Police, with a £40,000 reward for anyone who came forward with information.

Barrymore appeared on Good Morning Britain this week to discuss the documentary and the case, again maintaining his innocence and asking ‘how many times can I be kicked?’

Brian Leveson of the Royal Courts of Justice ruled in 2018 that Barrymore was one of only three people with the window of opportunity at the party to commit the assault. 

Dancing On Ice is available on now on ITV Player.

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