Martin Frizell says people should ‘read between the lines’ in the media storm that has arisen since the presenter’s exit

The editor of ITV’s This Morning has further fuelled the row raging over the culture behind the scenes at the show, accusing some of those who have spoken out recently of seeking to settle scores, even as he called for some respite for his staff.

The programme has been at the centre of weeks of media attention that started with reports about a rift between its longstanding presenting team.