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John Barrowman dropped from Dancing on Ice after flashing controversy

Maggie Baska October 4, 2021
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John Barrowman during a Dancing On Ice 2019 photocall. (Stuart C. Wilson/Getty)

John Barrowman has been dropped from Dancing on Ice following claims that he exposed himself to colleagues while working on Doctor Who.

Earlier this year, Barrowman admitted to and apologised for “tomfoolery” on the Doctor Who set, following reports of him exposing himself to colleagues during his time on the BBC One show.

ITV subsequently faced calls to drop Barrowman from Dancing on Ice, on which he has served as a judge since 2019. He competed on the show in 2006.

Confirming his exit from the show, an ITV spokesperson thanked Barrowman for “two brilliant years” on Dancing on Ice, the Independent reported.

However, ITV has not cut ties with Barrowman completely. In its statement, the broadcaster confirmed he host “forthcoming All Star Musicals specials”.

A replacement for Barrowman on the Dancing on Ice judging panel has yet to be announced.

John Barrowman ‘took his d**k out every five seconds’

After Noel Clarke was accused of sexual misconduct by 20 women, which he denies, an unearthed 2015 video from a Doctor Who convention came to light.

In the video, Clarke alleging that Barrowman would “take his d**k out every five seconds” and slap it on his colleagues. He also asked co-star Camille Coduri if she remembered “that time he put it on your shoulder in the makeup truck”. She responded: “Yes, I do.”

After the video went viral, Barrowman apologised for his actions.

The actor, who is gay, told the Guardian that his “high-spirited behaviour” was “only ever intended in good humour to entertain colleagues on set and backstage”. He added that he now understood his actions upset colleagues, but he said it was never intended or interpreted as sexual.

Sources told the Guardian that Barrowman did repeatedly expose himself on set, but they described his actions as misjudged “larking about”.

Barrowman joined Doctor Who when it was revived in 2005, and subsequently fronted the spin-off series, Torchwood.

One woman, who was a runner and driver on the Doctor Who set at the time, told the Guardian that she witnessed Barrowman “get his genitals out on a regular basis”. She said he’d “sort of have his balls hanging out of his trousers or something” which she claimed he “just thought was really funny”.

Another woman told the Guardian that Barrowman would call her into his dressing room and would “just have his willy out, standing in the doorway”. She added that it was “kind of accepted that it was his thing”.

Barrowman’s lawyers said the actor did “not recall” the incidents recounted by the women. He was subsequently dropped from a Doctor Who immersive event, while a Torchwood audio play starring his character was canned completely.

In 2008, Barrowman apologised for pulling down his trousers in an  interview with BBC Radio 1. He said he was sorry for “any offence I have caused” and claimed he was “joining in the light-hearted and fun banter of the show” when he “went too far”.

In June, it was revealed that Barrowman was undergoing therapy in the wake of the allegations. He told the DailyMail’s Weekend Magazine that there was “absolutely nothing sexual about my actions and nor have I ever been accused of that”.

He added that the allegations upset his mental health, and his husband, Scott Gill, “suggested I talk to somebody”.

PinkNews has contacted representatives for John Barrowman for comment.

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