ormer This Morning star Dr Ranj has hit out on the present’s “poisonous” tradition earlier than it airs on Monday for the primary time since Phillip Schofield’s admission of an affair with a youthful ITV colleague.
The veteran TV presenter, 61, resigned from the broadcaster on Friday and was dropped by his expertise company YMU after admitting to an “unwise, however not unlawful” affair with a younger male colleague on This Morning.
Ranj Singh, who was once the present’s resident physician, stated he raised considerations about “bullying and discrimination” two years in the past when he labored there and afterwards felt like he was “managed out” for whistleblowing.
His assertion – posted on Twitter and Instagram – comes as This Morning returns on Monday with Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary internet hosting.
Dr Ranj stated: “I used to be on the present for 10 years and I genuinely cherished and valued working there. Nevertheless, over time, I grew more and more apprehensive about how issues had been behind-the-scenes and the way individuals, together with myself, had been being handled.
“I didn’t know the reality about what was occurring with Phillip, however I do know the problems with TM (This Morning) go far past him.
“It takes a couple of individual to create a tradition.”
Dr Ranj stated he raised his considerations with senior executives at ITV as he had been closely concerned in “range, anti-bullying and psychological well being initiatives” throughout the channel.
“I then discovered myself getting used much less and fewer,” he continued.
“I even took my considerations on to the highest of ITV: the tradition at This Morning had grow to be poisonous, not aligned with ITV values, and I felt like as a result of I whistle-blew I used to be managed out.
“However as historical past and expertise have taught us, issues like bullying and discrimination are very arduous to show, notably in hindsight and when the ‘individuals in energy’ management the narrative.
“As we’ve seen, no evaluation or investigation is foolproof.”
The physician stated he was assured that issues could be addressed and modifications made however he has not labored on the present since – including it “nonetheless hurts” two years on from lodging complaints.
An ITV spokesperson stated: “We’re sorry to learn Dr Ranj’s submit at present. At ITV we’re totally dedicated to offering each alternative for anybody who works with us to lift any concern or feedback they might have.
“Following a criticism made by Dr Ranj, we appointed an exterior and impartial advisor to hold out a evaluation. This exterior evaluation discovered no proof of bullying or discrimination.”
In response to The Mail on Sunday, Schofield first met the youthful ITV colleague whom he later had an affair with when he was aged 15.
Attorneys representing Schofield have confirmed they met when the boy was 15, however stated the affair started after he began working at ITV, and the person’s attorneys have additionally stated that it began after he joined the broadcaster.
In a press release on Friday, Schofield stated it was when the youthful man joined the present as an grownup that their affair started.
ITV stated it investigated “rumours of a relationship” between Schofield and the ITV worker about three years in the past however each events “categorically and repeatedly denied” it.
A spokesperson for the broadcaster stated on Saturday that ITV was “not supplied with, and didn’t discover, any proof of a relationship past rumour and hearsay” when it seemed into the matter in 2020.
“Phillip’s assertion yesterday reveals that he lied to individuals at ITV, from senior administration to fellow presenters, to YMU, to the media and to others over this relationship”, they added.
The broadcaster additionally stated it was “deeply disillusioned” by the “admissions of deceit” by Schofield after he spoke publicly concerning the affair.
Lengthy-time co-host Holly Willoughby stated in an Instagram story posted on Saturday: “When experiences of this relationship first surfaced, I requested Phil straight if this was true and was informed it was not.
“It’s been very hurtful to now discover out that this was a lie.”
In his assertion, Schofield apologised for mendacity concerning the relationship.
“The very first thing I need to say is: I’m deeply sorry for having lied to them (the Day by day Mail), and to many others a couple of relationship that I had with somebody engaged on This Morning,” he stated.
“I did have a consensual, on-off relationship with a youthful male colleague at This Morning.”
He went on: “In an effort to guard my ex-colleague I haven’t been truthful concerning the relationship.
“However my current, unrelated, departure from This Morning fuelled hypothesis and raised questions which have been impacting him, so for his sake it will be significant for me to be trustworthy now.”