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Friday 21st February 2020

John Barrowman hits back after being subjected to homophobic abuse

He wasn't going to let it go!

John Barrowman has hit back after a stranger shouted a homophobic slur at him.

The I'm A Celebrity star was sharing a live video on Instagram as he hosted the Globe Travel Awards 2019, when he was left dumbstruck by someone in the audience using an offensive term for gay.

John was in the middle of an Instagram Live video (Credit: Instagram johnscotbarrowman)

According to The Sun, the actor - who is married to his long-term partner Scott Gill - looked shocked, and told the man: "What?! We don't say that word anymore. No we don't."

Sir, I suggest you stop drinking because that was rude

John, 51, slowly walked on, but was clearly upset as he said: "He just called me a [bleep]. That wasn't right."

John and Scott married in 2006 (Credit: scottmale Instagram)

The Torchwood star then told the stranger: "Sir, I suggest you stop drinking because that was rude and I take offence at you calling me a [bleep]. You can [bleep] off. [bleep]hole."

The rest of the audience can be heard agreeing and cheering John, before he gives the person a final telling-off.

"That was on Instagram Live," he said. "So you've just made a complete [bleep] of yourself, you [bleeper]."

The Torchwood and Doctor Who star has campaigned for equal rights (Credit: Instagram johnscotbarrowman)

The TV star, who has been with his husband since 1993, has known he was gay since the age of nine and has campaigned for Stonewall, a gay rights organisation in the UK. He has also worked to combat homophobia in schools.

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John gained new fans as a contestant on the latest series of I'm A Celeb.

The star came third on I'm A Celeb (Credit: ITV)

The actor survived to the final of the jungle-based reality show, and has since announced a summer tour.

It's also led to John trying his hand at presenting, and he was announced as Phil Schofield's replacement on This Morning, while the veteran host is away.

It was confirmed John would be joining Holly Willoughby - who John got to know as she presented this series of I'm A Celeb - next week.

John said: "I am delighted to co-host This Morning, it’s such an iconic show and to be reunited with Holly – a familiar face from my jungle family – is just fabulous. I’m really looking forward to it."

John will present alongside Holly (Credit: ITV)

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A source on This Morning added: "John has great energy and combined with previous presenting experience will be a great fit for a live two hour show like This Morning."

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