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Victoria Johns

Ex-This Morning employee slams Phillip Schofield's 'no toxicity on show' claim

An ex This Morning employee has refuted Phillip Schofield's claim that the show isn't toxic.

Following his bombshell admission he'd had affair with a younger, male colleague on the show, Phil, 61, defended the programme 'he loves so much'.

Taking to Instagram, he said: "This morning is the best show to work on with the best people. In all the years I worked there, there was no toxicity."

However, a source who used to work on the programme, claimed: "When you’re talent, you’re treated completely differently from the crew and shielded from a lot that goes on behind the scenes.

"There’s only a few presenters who get get fully involved with production and check in with the team.

An ex This Morning employee has refuted Phillip Schofield's claim that the show isn't toxic (Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

"Dermot and Rylan often checked in. Dermot has even done debriefs of half an hour / 45 minutes whilst checking in with the team," reports The Sun.

The Mirror has contacted ITV for comment.

Phil parted ways with ITV this weekend after he admitted to lying to the broadcaster and his colleagues about his affair.

In a bombshell statement today, the father-of-two slammed those who claimed there was toxicity backstage at This Morning, accusing them of holding grudges.

His comments prompted his former colleague Eamonn Holmes to brand The Cube star 'delusional', saying he'd "picked on the wrong person" if he was "looking for a fight".

Eamonn Holmes has called his former colleague 'delusional' (Ken McKay/REX/Shutterstock)

In a post on Twitter, the husband of Loose Women's Ruth Langsford wrote: "Schofield has just put out a delusional statement.

"Like Holly he puts it on Insta Stories so if it goes wrong there is no record after 24 hrs. I'm reluctant to give the liar any more publicity but believe me Pip if u r looking for a fight , u have picked on the wrong person!"

Commenting on the drama on the weekend, This Morning star Dr Ranj Singh said he'd thought 'long and hard' about whether to share his experience of being on show.

Deciding it was time, he said: "Over time I grew increasingly worried about how things were behind-the-scenes and how people, including myself, were being treated.

“I didn’t know the truth about what was going on with Phillip, but I do know the issues with This Morning go far beyond him. It takes more than one person to create a culture.

"So I did what I thought was right and, as ITV confirmed last night, I raised my concerns about Martin’s [Frizzell] behaviour (and the environment at TM) with Emma Gormley [managing director] especially given that my job is to look after people’s well being and I had been heavily involved in diversity, anti-bullying and mental health projects across the channel."

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