The This Morning married presenters asked Lester about his friendship with Michael Jackson, and how he served as a sperm donor for the late King of Pop.
The 60-year-old actor, who shot to fame as a child star in 1968’s Oliver!, had previously claimed to be Jackson’s daughter Paris’ biological father. Holmes grilled him on the subject, and Langsford asked if Jackson was infertile.
Lester, who is a father of four, said Jackson asked him ‘how he did it’ which perplexed both Holmes and Langsford.
“I was a sperm donor for Michael. I had four children and he said how do you do it?” Lester explained.
“I think again, extending his naivety, I think he knew how to do it. I think he was going on the fact how I was so fertile and what was the secret, and I couldn’t answer that,” he continued.
Several viewers shared on Twitter how ‘awkward’ the interview was, and one even slammed it as ‘painful.’
That Mark Lester interview about Michael Jackson was both pointless and painful #ThisMorning
— Darren Haywood (@darren_haywood) January 25, 2019
Mark Lester. Oh dear this is an awkward conversation about a v strange relationship 🙈#ThisMorning
— Chay Maine (@chaym2) January 25, 2019
#ThisMorning gotta be the most awkward interview ever. This guy is babbling ehm and ahing his way through the weirdest questions ever. Move on please
— WMCC (@wmccwmcc) January 25, 2019
Lester went on to defend his late friend’s innocence against the claims made in an upcoming documentary, Leaving Neverland, that explores the claims of two alleged victims of child sexual abuse at the hands of Jackson.
“I know neither of those guys. I can’t comment on that. I can only tell you my experience.
“My family visited Netherland many times, spending Christmas with him. These awful allegations are not the man I knew,” he said.
While Lester says he was close friends with Jackson for decades, some viewers weren’t so sure. Many went on Twitter to complain that the actor was simply using him for publicity.
Mark Lester talking as if he was Michael Jackson’s best friend and knew everything about him..😩😩#ThisMorning
— Jennie Powell (@jenniemay6) January 25, 2019
Stop bringing him on to talk about Michael Jackson, the family and his kids he knows nothing! He's just as bad as Paul Burrell #ThisMorning
— Chan Dutton (@vamplacey) January 25, 2019
— Sue 🐩 (@Suelarter1) January 25, 2019
Leaving Neverland is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday January 26 in Utah, America.