James Martin returns to Instagram after bullying allegations to mark big day

TV chef James Martin has returned to Instagram for the first time since addressing accusations of bullying on the set of James Martin’s Saturday Morning.

Appearing to move on since his lengthy apology to members of his ITV crew, James, 51, wished fans a “Happy Yorkshire Day” alongside his “TV dad” and fellow chef Brian Turner.

The This Morning star shared a photo with Brian from his famous kitchen to mark the occasion.

He captioned the snap: “Happy Yorkshire Day from us both.”

“Happy Yorkshire Day to two brilliant Chefs,” one fan replied.

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Another Instagram user responded: “Love watching both of you!”

A third fan commented: “Love yous both two great chiefs with a mutual respect for each other long may it continue.”

It comes after Brian stepped in to defend James while responding to his social media statement regarding bullying claims dating back to 2018.

Brian tweeted in support: “In my view you make me proud to be your TV dad.”

He added: “You have always been there for me whenever needed.

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“Stay as kind as you always are, tough when needed and true to your Yorkshire principles. X.”

Before celebrating the national day, James had taken to Instagram to address the leaked audio of him ranting at staff for 10 minutes in 2018.

In the clip, the chef could be heard swearing 42 times as he was left furious over a drain which was blocked at his home while filming for James Martin’s Saturday Morning.

James explained in a post: “I would like to publicly and sincerely apologise to the crew involved in this incident, as I did at the time.

“… The end of 2017 was one of the most fraught and difficult periods of my life. I was dealing with the death of my last living grandparent, my grandfather, and on account of work commitments, I could not attend his funeral.

“Later that month I was burgled at night by a team of masked men, who entered my house while my partner Louise was at home alone and I was away working.

“I was devastated that she had to go through that alone.”

He added: “On top of this I was then diagnosed with cancer on my face and I had to have surgery, which I couldn’t do until two days before Christmas when we had finished filming. Since then it has returned on several occasions and I have to have regular treatments.

“I was in a very emotional state, and when after filming in early January 2018 I discovered my home had been flooded while filming, I was extremely upset.

“I can only say I am human and following a build-up of personal life pressure, I admit that I overreacted regarding the damage to my home.”

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