John Barrowman ‘poised for ITV comeback as bosses give him second chance with All Star Musicals gig’
John Barrowman is reportedly poised for an ITV comeback as the host of All Star Musicals with bosses opting to give him another chance after he admitted to exposing himself on the Doctor Who and Torchwood sets.
According to The Mirror, the actor, 54, has been lined up for two more series of All Star Musicals following his apology.
John has not yet signed a contract but the shows are already in pre-production for Christmas and Easter and insiders are said to be confident he will be taking part.
Career: John Barrowman is reportedly poised for an ITV comeback as the host of All Star Musicals with bosses opting to give him another chance after he admitted to exposing himself on the Doctor Who and Torchwood sets (pictured in 2020)
A source said: ‘Talks with John are going well. He’s the best man for the job and it’s been accepted that his behaviour was foolish rather than predatory.
‘He knows it was a really daft thing to do but it was all a long time ago and there’s no chance of it happening again. We’re drawing a line and moving on.’
The All Star Musicals gig would also be good news for John’s chances to return to the Dancing On Ice judging panel in January.
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Show: According to The Mirror, the actor, 54, has been lined up for two more series of All Star Musicals following his apology (pictured in March 2021)
No charges were brought against the media personality after allegations about him exposing himself were revealeed following more serious allegations of sexual harassment against his Doctor Who co-star Noel Clarke.
In an interview with Weekend magazine, John said his behaviour on set was to ‘defuse awkwardness’ whenever he was filming a sex scene in Torchwood.
He said: ‘As Captain Jack Harkness I was the star of Torchwood, so I felt it was down to me to lead the company and keep them entertained. When I was doing a nude scene or a love scene it was clear in the script I’d be naked and everyone would have known about that at least 48 hours in advance.
‘So I’d be waiting in my trailer wearing just a robe with a sock over my “parts”. Then, if I were standing waiting to film a scene where I needed to be nude and someone came into view, I’d make a joke to put them and myself at ease. My actions were simply designed to defuse any potential awkwardness among the cast and crew.’
Return? The All Star Musicals gig would also be good news for John’s chances to return to the Dancing On Ice judging panel in January (pictured in March 2021)
He added: ‘I’ve never been someone who’s embarrassed about his body so it didn’t bother me if anyone saw me naked. The motivation for what I’d call my “tomfoolery” was to maintain a jokey atmosphere. There was absolutely nothing sexual about my actions and nor have I ever been accused of that.’
John revealed he was called for a meeting with Doctor Who and Torchwood executive producer Julie Gardner who told him to reign in his behaviour.
The actor added he can now see his behaviour was ‘juvenile’ and it would not be something he would do today.
It comes after John told The Guardian his ‘high-spirited behaviour’ was ‘only ever intended in good humour’ to entertain colleagues on set and backstage – and not sexual harassment.
Explanation: John said his ‘high-spirited behaviour’ was ‘only ever intended in good humour’ to entertain colleagues on set and backstage – and not sexual harassment (pictured filming Doctor Who in 2007)
‘With the benefit of hindsight, I understand that upset may have been caused by my exuberant behaviour and I have apologised for this previously,’ he said. ‘Since my apology in November 2008, my understanding and behaviour have also changed.’
John broke his silence in May, taking to Instagram to share a video with fans from the garden of his Palm Springs home.
He said: ‘Hi everybody, it’s John here and I just want to say thank you very much to all of my fan family and everybody who has reached out with the countless messages of support over the last few weeks.
‘It has meant such a great deal to me and has really touched me to know that people are supporting me and standing by me and sending their love and all their appreciation and kind words.’
He signed off his message by saying: ‘Hopefully we will all be back together soon and I look forward to it. Much love and thank you.’
Speaking out: In May, the actor broke his silence in an Instagram video thanking fans for their support