Ranvir Singh was overcome with emotion as she remembered the painful moment her white colleagues didn’t intervene to help when she was being treated unfairly by her superiors.
The Good Morning Britain presenter, 45, is among the ITV daytime stars opening up about their experiences of workplace discrimination in a deeply personal film.
She is also joined by the likes of Loose Women’s Charlene White and Katie Piper, fellow GMB star Andi Peters, and Lorraine Kelly.
Ranvir shared an experience early on in her broadcasting career that motivated her to become who she is today.
‘What was really upsetting but also at the same time weirdly reassuring, was that all the other decent white people in the office knew I wasn’t being spoken to in the same way that other women with my same inexperience were being treated, and none of them stepped in,’ she said.
‘None of them tried to do anything, and you know what? In a funny way, everything I’ve done since then has been a f*ck you to that. Everything I’ve done since then has been “you ignored me, I’ll make sure you can never ignore me”.’
As she finished sharing her anecdote, Ranvir was visibly upset. ‘It makes me quite emotional because I don’t really think about it very often,’ she explained.
Meanwhile, Andi spoke emotionally on the topic of overcoming barriers.
‘We’ve got to become comfortable with the uncomfortable…It is still a sore subject,; he said.
‘I get upset when people don’t believe in themselves, don’t let the colour of your skin ever hold you back. Don’t let who you are ever hold you back.
‘Everyone can achieve, it might be harder for you and you might have to battle, but believe in yourself and eventually somebody else will believe in you. We mustn’t fear the hard work… just get it done!’
The film, titled Becoming The Person I Wanted To See, will premiere on ITV1 on Friday, December 30 at 1:45pm and again at 11pm.
Becoming The Person I Wanted To See airs on Friday, December 30 at 1:45pm on ITV1 & ITVX