This Morning boss reveals she quit show over toxic, sexist and homophobic atmosphere
Former head of news at ITV's This Morning, Emily Maddick, has spoken out about the allegedly “toxic, sexist and homophobic” atmosphere she experienced while working on the show, which she claims created a “climate of fear”.
Emily, who worked on the show for three months, is now the Glamour Magazine assistant editor and has shared her experience along with her exit interview with ITV’s HR.
She started her position in September 2019 and by December she claimed there was a “culture of intimidation” which prevented her from successfully fulfilling her work duties to the best of her ability.
Emily reported in her exit interview, which she shared via Glamour: “I am sad to report there is a culture of intimidation at This Morning and on a number of occasions this has prevented me from doing my job to the best of my ability.”
She continued: “I witnessed a number of incidents where I felt XX was unreasonable and unkind to a female producer and it created a climate of fear. I also overheard what I found to be sexist comments."
In her exit interview, she also expressed concerns about her team's mental health, along with incidents of alleged “bullying” and “unreasonable behaviour”.
The former This Morning employee also backed what Eamonn Holmes said regarding the show on Monday night while speaking on Dan Wootton’s GB News.
In response to former presenter Phillip Schofield's statement which stated This Morning was not a toxic environment, Eamonn said: “This nonsense that he wrote today about toxicity, about how (This Morning) is a happy place or whatever, holy God, what planet does this man live on?
“He created an atmosphere where people hated him. People would avoid him in the corridor. He didn’t look at anybody, didn’t know anybody’s name.
“Holly doesn’t know people’s names either. This is legendary within the production team, how distant they are and how they just don’t care.”
Emily said her experience on the show and opinion aligns with Eamonn’s.
She also revealed that she was shocked at how “utterly fake” the show was as she claimed both Holly and Phil were different on and off camera.
Speaking on her three months working at ITV, Emily claimed she saw “casual” and “blatant” sexism, and as a “feminist” she was unable to “sit by” and watch it happen, leading her to quit.
She added that she was “proud” of herself for having the “courage” to leave the job when she did.
OK! has contacted ITV representatives for comment.
While an ITV spokesperson told Glamour: "As a producer and broadcaster, ITV takes its responsibilities around Duty of Care and Speaking Up seriously and has robust and well-established processes in place."
Over the past week, several former This Morning presenters and stars have openly criticised This Morning, with former presenter Eamonn Holmes among one of the most vocal critics of the show, as well as Dr.Ranj Singh.
However, Philip has slammed accusations of "toxicity" at This Morning.
Phillip spoke out in a major TV interview with BBC News, where he said: "I have never abused my power anywhere, I'm not a bully. You read the things you are supposed to be. I don't lord it over TV studios. Everyone is a friend."
He went on to detail the support he's received from some friends, saying: "I've had texts from people I worked with saying 'Oh my God' I cant believe they are saying this we love working with you.'"
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