MICHAEL Barrymore’s TV comeback is in jeopardy after he broke a bone in his hand during Dancing on Ice rehearsals.
The troubled funnyman, 67, fell over on the ice, putting his place in the upcoming series in serious doubt.
He was hoping to resurrect his career, which was devastated when party guest Stuart Lubbock died in his swimming pool in 2001.
A TV insider said: “It’s looking pretty bleak. The recovery time for a broken bone will mean it will be almost impossible for him to compete.
“Michael is absolutely gutted — he thought this would be his big chance to kick-start a TV revival.”
Michael has been practising on the ice for a number of weeks in a bid to get up to speed for the live shows, which start in the New Year.
Skate partner Alex Murphy was singing his praises last month — saying he was better than Irish singer Brian McFadden, who she competed with last year.
She said: “He is so on-time and perfect. He’s lovely. He is an angel and a dream compared to who I had last year. A saint.”
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The Sun revealed in September that Barrymore was taking part in the series — which would have been his first major TV appearance since he starred in Celebrity Big Brother in 2006, finishing second.
He apologised on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories in June for Stuart’s death, over which he was never charged. And speaking shortly afterwards, he stated he was keen to return to the spotlight.
He said: “Since Life Stories went out, I feel like it is the right time and right place but it is not for me to decide. I can’t give myself work.”