Dermot O’Leary responds to James Martin ‘bullying’ row

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Dermot O’Leary and Carol Vorderman, among other stars, have shown their support for James Martin after he revealed his cancer diagnosis amidst allegations of bullying from his colleagues. In a statement on Instagram, Martin apologized to the crew and explained that the end of 2017 was a difficult period for him due to a death in the family and a burglary. He also disclosed that he had been diagnosed with facial cancer around the same time and had undergone surgery in 2018. Despite the surgery, the cancer returned on multiple occasions.

After the allegations surfaced, Dermot O’Leary, the host of “This Morning,” expressed his support for Martin and advised him to keep his head up. Similarly, Carol Vorderman commented on Martin’s post, expressing her sympathy and wishing him the best. Fred Sirieix, the host of “First Dates,” also shared his sympathies, stating that it was unfortunate that Martin felt compelled to reveal his diagnosis publicly.

In addition to the support from fellow TV personalities, Denise Van Outen and Natalie Imbruglia also reached out to Martin, expressing their apologies and sending love and support. However, the announcement has divided fans on social media, with some forgiving Martin’s past behavior due to his personal circumstances, while others maintain that his actions remain unacceptable.

Aside from the bullying allegations, it was reported that Martin had an incident at his home in 2018 involving a blocked drain while filming an episode of “James Martin’s Saturday Morning.” Furthermore, it was claimed that on his most recent program, “James Martin’s Spanish Adventure,” he reduced crew members to tears and changed schedules, resulting in insufficient sleep for the team.

Overall, Martin’s cancer announcement has evoked mixed responses from fans, with some empathizing with his struggles and others insisting that his actions cannot be excused.

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