Michael Barrymore has said he would “love to meet” Stuart Lubbock’s father Terry “to get closure”.
Stuart Lubbock was found dead aged 31 at the comedian and TV presenter’s Essex home after a party in March 2001.
Barrymore, 67, told Good Morning Britain today: “I am happy to do that anytime. I have met him three times. I want them to get closure on it in the right way... I have been cleared of any wrongdoing, that has been proven and dealt with.
“If [Stuart’s dad] is watching now, I would love to meet... to try and get some closure or push the police to deal with it properly, not how it has been done.”
Barrymore was arrested six years after Lubbock’s death on suspicion of rape and murder but was released without charge. Terry Lubbock, 74, has continued to campaign for justice regarding his son’s death. The police investigation is still ongoing.
Terry responded on Twitter, accusing Barrymore of using him to relaunch his career.
Michael Barrymore looks like you are using my name to relaunch your career pic.twitter.com/NRfghyV0Dx— Terry Lubbock (@Terryrlubbock) June 17, 2019
Barrymore, giving his first live TV interview for five years, admitted he was considering a return to TV presenting.
He said: “Yeah, if it’s the right thing to do. I have never chased my career, even when I needed it years ago. You just need to sit back and let it happen, just be there in the right place. I wasn’t at times, in the right place at the right time, I was all over the place because of the addiction... Since Life Stories went out, I feel like it is the right time and the right place but it is not for me to decide, I can’t give myself work.”
Barrymore jokingly told host Piers Morgan he was ready to replace him as Susanna Reid’s co-host on the ITV breakfast show. He said: “I will hang around here, I will anchor this in the morning for you if you want... give the crew something to lift them.”
The comedian and game show host’s career was left in tatters after Lubbock’s death. But earlier this month he appeared on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, where he said he was sorry for Lubbock’s death, but insisted he was 100 per cent innocent.
Barrymore revealed he was considering reviving gameshow Strike It Lucky.
he said: “If something comes up, maybe [I would] re-do Strike It Lucky or something like that, just to start off with. Just to bed it back in.”