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Former This Morning medic Dr Ranj Singh posted a cryptic quote asking people to be “a voice for those who can’t speak” just as Holly Willoughby returned to the beleaguered show.
The popular TV doctor, 43, took to his Instagram page over the weekend and shared a post to mark Pride Month.
“Be authentic. Be unapologetic. Be brave. Be safe. Be honest. Be an ally to those who need it.
“Be the voice for those who can’t speak. Be the best person you can be. Be kind. Be you,” he wrote.
This comes after he made claims of a “toxic” culture at the flagship ITV daytime show following the resignation of Phillip Schofield.
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Dr Ranj claimed that he raised concerns about “bullying and discrimination” two years ago when he worked there and felt like he was “managed out” for whistleblowing.
Just hours after his cryptic post, Holly Willoughby returned to the This Morning sofa for the first time since Phillip admitted to lying about an affair with a younger male runner.
She has been absent from the show for the past two weeks due to the half term break.
During that time, Phillip made an explosive statement in which he admitted to an “unwise but not illegal” affair with a younger male colleague which he claimed was now over.
He released the statement six days after he had resigned from This Morning amid reports of tensions between himself and Holly.
In the statement, he said that he met the man in question “when he was a teenager,” and wanted help to get onto television.
Phillip said: “It was only after he started to work on the show that it became more than just a friendship.”
He later insisted in an interview with The Sun that Holly did not know about his affair.
“I’ve lost my best friend. Holly did not know,” he claimed.
“And she was one of the first texts that I sent to say, ‘I am so, so sorry, that I lied to you.’”
Holly addressed Phillip’s exit yesterday in a specially prepared statement.
In it, she said it felt “very strange indeed not being here with Phillip”.
She went on to say that “all of us at This Morning gave our love and support to someone who was not telling the truth, who they, themselves, felt they had to resign from ITV and step down from a career that they loved.
“That’s a lot to process and it’s equally hard to see the toll it’s taken on their own mental health.
“I think what unites us all now is a desire to heal and the health and well-being for everyone.”
“I hope as we start this new chapter and get back to a place of warmth and magic that this show holds for all of us, then we can find strength in each other.
“From my heart, thank you for all of the kind messages. Thank you for being here this morning.”