This Morning Editor Exposes Toxic Culture and Settles Long-Standing Scores
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This Morning Editor Exposes Toxic Culture and Settles Long-Standing Scores

3 June 2023
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This Morning Editor Exposes Toxic Culture and Settles Long-Standing Scores

Behind Closed Doors

The editor of This Morning, Martin Frizell, addressed claims of a toxic work environment at the ITV show following Phillip Schofield's resignation due to an affair. Former employees criticized the workplace culture, prompting an external review to be ordered.

Schofield's Struggles and Response

In a recent interview, Schofield revealed his fear of leaving the house and being subjected to public scorn. He expressed his current emotional state as a deep sense of loss and shame. While denying allegations of grooming, he admitted to having "lost everything" and acknowledged the devastating impact of the fallout on his mental health. Schofield praised his daughters for their unwavering support during this difficult time, likening his emotional state to that of the late Caroline Flack.

Holly Willoughby's Unawareness

Schofield confirmed that his co-presenter Holly Willoughby was unaware of his affair. Having worked together on the show for over a decade, Willoughby took an early holiday following Schofield's departure but is set to return after the half-term break. In her absence, Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary have been hosting the program.

ITV's Response and Upcoming Review

ITV boss Dame Carolyn McCall addressed the allegations of a toxic work environment by commissioning an external review of the facts. Barrister Jane Mulcahy KC of Blackstone Chambers has been assigned to conduct the review. McCall is scheduled to appear before a parliamentary committee on June 14 to address questions regarding the broadcaster's approach to safeguarding and complaint handling in light of Schofield's exit.

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