"there are people out there trying to cause damage"
Dr Ranj Singh has spoken out after a picture featuring himself with former This Morning host Phillip Schofield’s young lover resurfaced.
Dr Ranj worked on the ITV show as a resident medical expert alongside Schofield and his co-host Holly Willoughby for six years before he stepped down in 2022.
Schofield resigned from ITV and was subsequently dropped by his talent agency after admitting to an “unwise, but not illegal” affair with a young male colleague on This Morning.
It was reported that Schofield first met the younger ITV colleague whom he later had an affair with when he was aged 15.
Lawyers representing Schofield have confirmed they met when the boy was 15, but said the affair began after he started working at ITV, and the man’s lawyers have also said that it started after he joined the broadcaster.
In a statement, Schofield said it was when the younger man joined the show as an adult that their affair began.
A six-year-old picture of Dr Ranj with Schofield’s ex-lover has now resurfaced, prompting the medic to break his silence.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote:
“It’s sad that there are people out there trying to cause damage and insinuate things from a harmless picture.
“So here are some facts: [Phil’s ex] and I worked together at This Morning.
“He was 21 when we took this picture at the studio. And it was obviously taken as a joke.”
The post comes just days after he condemned This Morning.
In a lengthy post, he wrote: I was on the show for 10 years and I genuinely loved and valued working there.
“However, 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 TM (This Morning) go far beyond him.
“It takes more than one person to create a culture.”
He had raised his concerns with senior executives at ITV as he had been heavily involved in “diversity, anti-bullying and mental health projects” across the channel.
Dr Ranj continued: “I then found myself being used less and less.
“I even took my concerns directly to the top of ITV: the culture at This Morning had become toxic, no longer aligned with ITV values, and I felt like because I whistle-blew I was managed out.
“But as history and experience have taught us, things like bullying and discrimination are very hard to prove, particularly in hindsight and when the ‘people in power’ control the narrative.
“As we’ve seen, no review or investigation is foolproof.”