Dame Edna comic Barry Humphries, 87, leaves This Morning viewers in hysterics

Dame Edna comic Barry Humphries, 87, leaves This Morning viewers in hysterics as he praises ‘brave’ host Dermot O’Leary for coming out as gay after jokingly mistake him for Phillip Schofield

  • Barry Humphries has caused a stir online after appearing on This Morning
  • He jokingly mistook host Dermot O’Leary for his colleague Phillip Schofield
  • The 87-year-old praised the presenter for his courage in coming out as gay – despite it was actually Phillip who announced his sexuality in February 2020










Veteran comedian Barry Humphries has caused a stir online after appearing on This Morning today and mistaking host Dermot O’Leary for his colleague Phillip Schofield.

The 87-year-old – who is the cartoonist behind the bizarre Dame Edna Everage – jokingly praised the British presenter for his courage in coming out as gay – despite it was actually Phillip who announced his sexuality in February 2020.

Viewers freaked out during Barry’s interview with Dermot and his co-host Alison Hammond, with one fan writing, “Perhaps the best interview I’ve seen in ages, Barry confusing Dermot with Phil.”

Veteran comedian Barry Humphries (pictured) has caused a stir online after appearing on This Morning today, mistaking host Dermot O’Leary for his colleague Phillip Schofield

The 87-year-old - who is the cartoonist behind the bizarre Dame Edna Everage - jokingly praised the presenter (pictured) for his courage in coming out as gay - despite it was actually Phillip who announced his sexuality in February 2020

The 87-year-old – who is the cartoonist behind the bizarre Dame Edna Everage – jokingly praised the presenter (pictured) for his courage in coming out as gay – despite it was actually Phillip who announced his sexuality in February 2020

Barry, who appeared on the ITV show today, who arrived with tissue stuck between his shirt and neck after being rushed into make-up, discussed his ‘very good memory’ ahead of his tour.

Then he added to Dermot: “And by the way, I want to congratulate you seriously on your bravery, by the way.”

Alison burst out laughing and continued, “Last year, no, no, when he came out and told us about his sexuality. Because I think a lot of people respected you for that.’

A laughing Dermot replied, ‘Thank you. I’ll pass that on to the gentleman who’s here from Monday to Thursday…

“Don’t worry, your memory is crystal clear. Thanks for your kind comments,” he added after the comic said, “Sorry, did I…”

Response: Viewers were hysterical during Barry's interview with Dermot and his co-host Alison Hammond, with one fan writing,

Response: Viewers were hysterical during Barry’s interview with Dermot and his co-host Alison Hammond, with one fan writing, “Perhaps the best interview I’ve seen in a while, Barry is confusing Dermot with Phil.”

Viewers were quick to respond to the interview, with many saying they were in tears with laughter.

One person wrote: ‘Omg Barry Humphries’ comments to Dermot and then Alison’s laugh are hilarious.’

Another said: ‘Barry Humphries is a legend and there should be more celebrities with this kind of honesty.’

A third added: Could this interview get any funnier? I’m literally roaring with laughter! Barry Humphries is hilarious! He just mistook Dermot O’Leary for Phillip Schofield.’

Barry, who appeared on the ITV show today, who arrived with tissue stuck between his shirt and neck after being rushed into make-up, discussed his 'very good memory' ahead of his tour.  In the photo, the presenters of This Morning

Barry, who appeared on the ITV show today, who arrived with tissue stuck between his shirt and neck after being rushed into make-up, discussed his ‘very good memory’ ahead of his tour. In the photo, the presenters of This Morning

A fourth wrote: ‘Barry is one of the best guys they’ve had in ages. I’m in hysterics.’

In 2019, Barry’s name was stripped from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s “Barry Award” for comments he made comparing transgenderism to a “fashion” in an interview with The Spectator in 2018.

How many different types of toilets can you have? And it’s pretty bad when it’s preached to kids by crazy teachers,” Barry controversially told the magazine at the time.

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