Phillip Schofield has said there is ‘no toxicity’ at This Morning in a shock statement released on Monday and added that ‘it’s the same handful of people with a grudge against me or the show who seem to have the loudest voice’.
Taking to Instagram, the 61-year-old wrote in full: ‘Now I no longer work on This Morning I am free to say this. I hope you have noticed that it’s the same handful of people with a grudge against me or the show who seem to have the loudest voice.
‘This Morning IS the best show to work on, with the best people. In all the years I worked there there was no toxicity. You can listen to those persistently loud voices if you like.
‘But the thousands of guests over the years, thousands of staff and crew, hundreds of presenters and contributors all know, it IS a family of wonderful, talented, kind, hard working people.’
Phillip announced on Friday (May 26) that he would be stepping down from the channel with ‘immediate effect’ after admitting to an affair with a runner on the show.
He was subsequently dropped by his agent of 35 years.
Since then, claims that This Morning harbours a ‘toxic culture’ have been bandied around.
On Sunday, former This Morning regular Dr Ranj Singh became the latest star associated with the show to speak out, making claims of a ‘toxic culture’ and that he was ‘managed out’ for raising his concerns ahead of his exit from the programme two years ago.
The qualified medic and TV personality spent a decade as the resident doctor on This Morning, but has subsequently left and now works on BBC’s Morning Live.
Dr Ranj, 43, took to Instagram on Sunday to ‘clarify things’ after revealing he had been approached to share his experience of working on This Morning, revealing that he felt ‘in light of recent events’ like he might ‘finally be believed’.
‘I’ve thought long and hard about posting this. If I’m honest, I really wish I didn’t have to. But I’ve got to clarify some things that have been reported about me, and in light of recent events, I finally feel like I might be believed…,’ he began his lengthy post.
‘To the journalists who have offered me money this weekend to share my experience of working at This Morning, thank you but it would go against my principles to “sell my story” – especially about something like this.
‘However, given that ITV have commented on my departure, I feel it’s only fair for me to do so too to avoid any further conjecture.’
The former Strictly Come Dancing star went to to say that he ‘genuinely loved and valued working’ at This Morning over the 10 years that he did so.
‘However over time I grew increasingly worried about how things were behind-the-scenes and how people, including myself, were being treated,’ he added.
‘I didn’t know the truth about what was going on with Phillip, but I do know the issues with TM go far beyond him. It takes more than one person to create a culture.’
The doctor and children’s author then revealed he had ‘taken his concerns directly to the top of ITV’ before claiming that he ‘hadn’t worked on the show since’.
He continued: ‘I did what I thought was right and, as ITV confirmed last night, I raised my concerns about Martin Frizell’s behaviour (and the environment at TM) with Emma Gormley – especially given that my job is to look after people’s wellbeing and I had been heavily involved in diversity, anti-bullying and mental health projects across the channel.
‘I then found myself being used less and less,’ Dr Ranj added, saying that he told top bosses of the ‘toxic culture’ at This Morning before admitting he felt like ‘because I whistle-blew I was managed out’.
‘But as history and experience have taught us, things like bullying and discrimination are very hard to prove, particularly in hindsight and when the “people in power” control the narrative. As we’ve seen, no review of investigation is foolproof.
‘Still, I was assured that certain things were going to be addressed and changes made.’
He then shared: ‘I haven’t worked on the show since… and I am not the only one who has spoken up or experienced similar.’
The doctor revealed that the situation ‘still hurts’, describing the whole process as ‘pretty heartbreaking’ and saying it even affected his mental health.
‘But I’m happy to say I’ve found my feet again, know my worth and have found my tribe,’ he reassured followers.
‘So my general message to everyone is: look around you. Is this the place you want to be? Do you feel valued? Are you thriving or just surviving? Do you need to speak up?
‘These are lessons I’ve learned from my time in this industry. I say it all with respect, kindness and a desire to make things better.
‘There are some good people in TV, but we need to be brave and stand up to those who aren’t. Even if it’s scary as hell, we have to do the right thing otherwise nothing will change.’
‘I sincerely hope something good comes from all this,’ he signed off.
In his post’s caption, Dr Ranj wrote that there was ‘so much more I could say’, but was hoping ‘for now’ that his concerns ‘will finally be taken seriously’.
In response, an ITV spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: ‘We are sorry to read Dr Ranj’s post today. At ITV we are fully committed to providing every opportunity for anyone who works with us to raise any concern or comments they may have.
‘Following a complaint made by Dr Ranj, we appointed an external and independent advisor to carry out a review. This external review found no evidence of bullying or discrimination.’
The Mail On Sunday claimed that Phillip was forced to address the allegations and confess to his affair after his lover told lawyers about their supposed relationship.
On Friday Phillip explained: ‘I did have a consensual on-off relationship with a younger male colleague at This Morning.
‘Contrary to speculation, whilst I met the man when he was a teenager and was asked to help him to get into television, it was only after he started to work on the show that it became more than just a friendship.
‘That relationship was unwise, but not illegal. It is now over.’
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