Saturday Kitchen presenter James Martin has come forward with an apology in light of on-set bullying claims.
It was reported this week that the TV chef, 51, had been handed a "stern warning" by his ITV superiors after concerns were raised over his behaviour while making James Martin's Spanish Adventure.
James was accused of 'berating colleagues to the point of tears' and 'changing shooting schedules at the last second', meaning crew members were expected to clock in with just a few hours sleep under their belt.
In response to this controversy, James and his Blue Marlin Television production company have penned a joint statement, which read: "An unfortunate incident occurred after filming James Martin's Saturday Morning in 2018 where James' home was badly damaged. Blue Marlin Television accepted responsibility.
"James was shocked by what had happened and on reflection acknowledges he responded emotionally, which he wholly regrets. James apologises for any offence or upset caused, as he did at the time to the crew involved.
"Following this and some issues filming James Martin's Spanish Adventures, James and Blue Marlin Television agree that lessons have been learned which have been discussed with members of the team and with ITV," it continued.
"Blue Marlin Television and James Martin have taken on board ITV's recommendations and their sharing of best practice, and are in the process of fully implementing.
"Since the 2018 incident, Blue Marlin Television has continued to film over 500 shows at James’ home. Blue Marlin Television remains committed to ensuring the welfare of all those with whom they work is of the utmost priority."
As for those best practises that James and his firm are now seeking to employ, this is what an ITV spokesperson had to say: "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."
In his exclusive interview with OK! dating back to 2018, the much-adored cook admitted that the live TV landscape consistently left him frazzled and "always in a bad mood".
"I am very different to what I was three years ago – I am a lot less stressed," he reflected after giving up Saturday Kitchen and switching his priorities.
"I'm a different person. I have a much more work-work balance now. I'm a chef, I've got employees and people that work for me and rely on me and I owe them so much, so gallivanting around for nine months away, I felt the balance wasn't right and I needed to be there for them. It was impacting on everything I was doing and I was knackered all the time. It was a constant spiral."
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