This Morning chef James Martin ‘issued stern warning by ITV’ amid ‘bullying complaints’

This Morning chef James Martin ‘issued stern warning by ITV’ amid ‘bullying complaints’

James Martin has reportedly been issued with a "stern warning" from ITV after concerns were raised over his behaviour on the set of James Martin's Spanish Adventure.

The TV chef, who sometimes appears in the This Morning kitchen, has been accused of berating colleagues to the point of tears, and changing filming schedules last minute, meaning members of the crew were expected on set having had just a few hours sleep.

Following this change of schedule, James is believed to have then arrived on set an hour late, despite being the one who demanded this change.

Concerns over James's behaviour were then raised to ITV in May, and this complained was escalated to Head of Entertainment Katie Rawcliffe.

A producer, who has worked with James a number of times told Deadline: "What’s remarkable is I saw this behavior on every project I did with him and it feels conscious. I think he just feels like it’s OK to behave like that.

Deadline has also reported that similar concerns were raised back in 2018 by individuals working on James Martin’s Saturday Morning.

On this occasion, the chef is said to have launched into a foul-mouthed tirade at a member of staff after a drain in his home became blocked.

Both sets of complaints have also been raised with James's production company Blue Marlin, which he runs alongside his agent Fiona Lindsay.

Responding to the bullying claims, a spokesperson for ITV has said: "At ITV people and their welfare are our highest priority. The production companies who make shows for us have primary responsibility for the duty of care of everyone they work with, both on and off screen.

"We make clear our expectations in this regard as part of our pre-greenlight duty of care processes. This includes having appropriate independent controls in place to enable everyone who works on their shows to confidently and confidentially raise concerns.

"Following a complaint we received in May from members of the Blue Marlin production team about the filming of James Martin’s Spanish Adventure, we contacted Blue Marlin to discuss these concerns and to understand how the issues raised were being addressed and what actions were being taken.

"As a result, we made a number of recommendations for Blue Marlin to implement as soon as possible, sharing best practice of some of our own relevant procedures around staff welfare and reiterating our Supplier Code of Conduct.

OK! has contacted representatives for James Martin.

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