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Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford are SLAMMED for Mark Lester interview


This Morning hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford came under fire on Friday for interrogating child star Mark Lester over his friendship with Michael Jackson. 

Speaking in the wake of a new documentary on the music legend, which is being premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, the Oliver! actor, 60, once again discussed the subject of the sperm donation he gave to Michael, who passed away in 2009. 

While chatting about the scenario, Eamonn grilled Mark over his claims that he is the biological father to Michael’s daughter Paris while Ruth asked Mark if the late singer was ‘infertile’ – leading to a furious reaction from fans on Twitter.

Shocking: Grilling: This Morning hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford came under fire on Tuesday for interrogating child star Mark Lester over his friendship with Michael Jackson

Shocking: Grilling: This Morning hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford came under fire on Tuesday for interrogating child star Mark Lester over his friendship with Michael Jackson

Shocking: Grilling: This Morning hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford came under fire on Tuesday for interrogating child star Mark Lester over his friendship with Michael Jackson

Mark found fame at the age of eight when he played the title role in the film of the Lionel Bart musical Oliver! He became good friends with Jackson in London in 1978 when the singer was performing with the Jackson 5. 

Since then Mark, who is now an osteopath and lives in Cheltenham with his second wife Lisa and the four children from his first marriage, has repeatedly discussed his friendship with Michael and the sperm donation he gave the star.

On Tuesday morning’s show, Eamonn asked Mark about the sperm donation stories, to which Mark countered: ‘I did give a sperm donation to MJ, I had four children, he said: “How do you do it?”…

‘Well, yeah, I think again, expanding on his naivety, I think he knew how to do it but was going on the fact of why I was so fertile and what was the secret.’

While he had previously claimed he is Paris’ father, he said to the couple: ‘Regardless of who the biological father is was whatever, MJ raised them as his own.

In 2017, Mark discussed the possibility of fathering Paris as he said of his donation: ‘I was just helping out a friend. I think he had a problem with actually doing the physical act of sex and a very low sperm count as well.’  

Candid: Mark's interview was widely discussed on Twitter after his grilling from the couple

Candid: Mark's interview was widely discussed on Twitter after his grilling from the couple

Candid: Mark’s interview was widely discussed on Twitter after his grilling from the couple

Weighing in: While chatting about the scenario, Eamonn grilled Mark over his claims that he is the biological father to Michael's daughter Paris while Ruth asked Mark if the late singer was 'infertile' - leading to a furious reaction from fans on Twitter

Weighing in: While chatting about the scenario, Eamonn grilled Mark over his claims that he is the biological father to Michael's daughter Paris while Ruth asked Mark if the late singer was 'infertile' - leading to a furious reaction from fans on Twitter

Weighing in: While chatting about the scenario, Eamonn grilled Mark over his claims that he is the biological father to Michael’s daughter Paris while Ruth asked Mark if the late singer was ‘infertile’ – leading to a furious reaction from fans on Twitter

During Friday’s interview, Ruth and Eamonn pushed: ‘Do you ever look and see similarities between yourself and Paris? Is that not strange, if you realised you were the biological father of that child? Not weird?’ 

Mark countered: ‘It was something given and discarded, Michael brought those kids up. He told me he had thrown it all away.’

Taking to Twitter, viewers penned: ‘Regardless of how we feel about MJ, the way Mark Lester is being grilled about sperm donation is so outdated! I would find anyone asking myself questions like this when we have children so offensive…

‘What the hell kind of interview was that?!! The talk with Mark Lester was meant to be about the bogus full of sh*t “Documentary” on @thismorning so what has sperm do at ion got to do with it!! #Disappointed…

Shocking: Ruth and Eamonn were scolded by viewers for the chat 

Shocking: Ruth and Eamonn were scolded by viewers for the chat 

Shocking: Ruth and Eamonn were scolded by viewers for the chat 

Shocking: Speaking in the wake of a new documentary on the music legend, which is being premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, the Oliver actor once again discussed the widely-publicised subject of the sperm donation he gave to Michael

Shocking: Speaking in the wake of a new documentary on the music legend, which is being premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, the Oliver actor once again discussed the widely-publicised subject of the sperm donation he gave to Michael

Shocking: Speaking in the wake of a new documentary on the music legend, which is being premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, the Oliver actor once again discussed the widely-publicised subject of the sperm donation he gave to Michael

‘He totally ballsed that opportunity for the #truth up!… Please ask Mark Lester about Paris Jackson, how it came about that Michael asked him to be a sperm donor.’

Ruth was heavily criticised for asking if Michael Jackson  I haven’t been a fan of this guy, Mark Lester, w/the whole im Paris father malarkey, but d’ya know what in this moment fair f**king play to him, publicly defending MJ like this…

‘He’s got some loyalty & hopefully will shine light Taj as a result.. #ThisMorning #MichaelJackson. Ruth: “was he infertile?” – what kind of disrespectful f**king question is that…

‘And I’m annoyed Mark Lester won’t just say “im not talking about this” boom done. You’re there to talk about the documentary ffs… He’s feeding their questions’. 

Happy days: While he had previously insisted he is Paris' father, he said to the couple: 'Regardless of who the biological father is was whatever, MJ raised them as his own' (Paris pictured at a Las Vegas party in August)

Happy days: While he had previously insisted he is Paris' father, he said to the couple: 'Regardless of who the biological father is was whatever, MJ raised them as his own' (Paris pictured at a Las Vegas party in August)

Happy days: While he had previously insisted he is Paris’ father, he said to the couple: ‘Regardless of who the biological father is was whatever, MJ raised them as his own’ (Paris pictured at a Las Vegas party in August)

The forthcoming documentary ­Leaving Neverland, has seen fresh sex abuse claims arise with one-time Michael Jackson fans Wade Robson and James Safechuck making accusations against the late hitmaker

Speaking about the new documentary, Mark said: ‘I know neither of those guys, I can’t comment on that, I can only tell you about my experience with Michael and my family visiting Neverland several times, spending Christmases and lots of time when he came London. This awful allegation it’s just not the man I knew…

‘I find that quite hard to believe [the allegations], having testified before, it’s an element of you have to tell the truth, I suggest that was the truth. I don’t know why it’s now come forth…

Weighing in: Speaking about the new documentary, Mark said: 'I know neither of those guys, I can’t comment on that, I can only tell you about my experience with Michael and my family visiting Neverland several times'

Weighing in: Speaking about the new documentary, Mark said: 'I know neither of those guys, I can’t comment on that, I can only tell you about my experience with Michael and my family visiting Neverland several times'

Weighing in: Speaking about the new documentary, Mark said: ‘I know neither of those guys, I can’t comment on that, I can only tell you about my experience with Michael and my family visiting Neverland several times’

I understand what you’re saying about sexual abuse it is an awful thing, a lot of things that are going to come out about other people , with MJ there is a genuine naivety and innocence about Michael, it’s very hard to explain…

‘He was naive…He didn’t understand, in today’s society mit is not acceptable to behave in the manner he did…

‘He was deeply disturbed by the 2005 court case that affected him deeply, it was a trust betrayed a friendship destroyed he saved a boy from cancer. The whole thing was turned around.’ 



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