Since the story broke, several hundred people have come forward alleging that they did not find the 1980s television performer funny.
One of the first was Sandra from Buckinghamshire. Now in her forties, she works in marketing, but in 1985 she was a seventeen year old living with her parents near Stafford. She remembers “we were all sat round the television about half past seven one night, when the show started. He began to goose step back and forth in a Nazi uniform. The more he did it, the more the studio audience laughed so he just kept on and on” My parents and my friend Josie from next door seemed amused but I just sat there feeling embarrassed.
Police will be questioning tv bosses and production staff who worked on his show as well as writers who are alleged to who have procured material for him. One writer who wished to remain anonymous said that the lack of humour in Starr’s performances was an “open secret”, yet bosses refused to act upon concerns at the time for fear of damaging ratings and scaring away advertisers.