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Tuesday 28th January 2020

This Morning's Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford slammed for "disrespectful" Mark Lester interview

Mark was asked awkward questions about friend Michael Jackson

This Morning viewers have criticised the show's presenters today for their "disrespectful" handling of the Mark Lester interview.

Eamonn Holmes and wife Ruth Langsford invited the Oliver actor into the studio this morning (Friday 25 January), and proceeded to ask him a number of questions about his late friend Michael Jackson.

Mark visibly squirmed after being asked personal questions about his friend (Credit: ITV)

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Having been invited on to the show to discuss the abuse claims made by Wade Robson and James Safechuck in new documentary Leaving Neverland, Mark defended his pal Michael.

The 60-year-old former actor, who starred in Oliver when he was just eight, said: "Michael's only crime was being naive."

However, as the interview continued, many viewers at home called out Eamonn and Ruth for going way too far with their questions.

Michael Jackson

The late Michael Jackson was discussed on This Morning (Credit: WENN)

Viewers were shocked by the intrusiveness when Mark - who donated some of his sperm to Michael - was asked if he believed he was the father of any of Michael's kids.

Was he infertile? What kind of disrespectful question is that?

Eamonn insisted on asking Mark if Michael had kept the sample of his semen, remarking on the resemblance between Mark and Michael's daughter Paris.

The pair also asked if Michael was infertile.

One viewer tweeted: "Oh dear, this is an awkward conversation about a very strange relationship."

Another said: "Gotta be the most awkward interview ever. This guy is babbling his way through the weirdest questions ever. Move on please."

A third said: "Regardless of how we feel about MJ, the way Mark Lester is being grilled about sperm donation is so outdated!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. #ThisMorning."

One more fumed: "@EamonnHolmes what the hell kind of interview was that?!! The talk with Mark Lester was meant to be about the documentary, so what has sperm got to do with it!! #Disappointed. He totally ballsed that opportunity for the #truth up!"

Cringe-a-rama (Credit: ITV)

"Was he infertile? What kind of disrespectful question is that?" seethed another.

Mark became friends with Michael in 1978 when the singer was in the Jackson 5. He's now an osteopath and lives in Cheltenham with his second wife Lisa and the four children from his first marriage.

The documentary about global superstar Michael is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival.

The Thriller singer passed away in 2009.

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