James Martin's future on ITV confirmed as network makes decision amid 'bullying' row

James Martin

James Martin faced complaints at ITV

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 27/07/2023

- 12:48

TV chef James Martin has issued a statement in response to the allegations of bullying

Complaints have been lodged to ITV in regards to TV chef James Martin's conduct on the set of some of his shows.

A first complaint was raised in 2018 when the chef was allegedly angered by a blocked drain in his home while the most recent complaint was made to ITV in May.

Deadline reports that Martin was told to "change his behaviour" by ITV after he was accused of "bullying" and "intimidating" behaviour on the set of James Martin's Spanish Adventures recently.

Martin and his production company Blue Marlin have said "lessons have been learned" following the incidents and now, ITV has made a decision on Martin's future with the network.

It seems ITV has decided Martin has not broken its rules of conduct as it plans to continue working with the chef.

However, Deadline reports ITV will "closely monitor" Martin in the future.

James Martin on his ITV Saturday Morning show

James Martin's Saturday Morning is a regular weekend feature on ITV


A spokesperson for ITV told GB News on Wednesday, July 26 it had relayed concerns to Blue Marlin and "made a number of recommendations for them to implement as soon as possible".

ITV reiterated the welfare of its staff and crew members remains a "highest priority".

The statement reads: "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."

The spokesperson continued: "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."

Following the complaints, Blue Marlin released a statement of its own which said it "accepted responsibility" for the first "unfortunate incident" which happened back in 2018.

James Martin on ITV

James Martin will stay on at ITV


The company stated the first complaint against Martin arose from an incident which "occurred after filming" after Martin's home had been "badly damaged".

It added: "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."

Referring to the latest complaint lodged back in May, the statement continued: "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.

"Since the 2018 incident, Blue Marlin Television has continued to film over 500 shows at James' home."

Martin currently appears on ITV as the front-man of James Martin's Saturday Morning as well as a number of other cooking series.

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