Iain Lee admitted being ousted from his TalkRADIO program “hit him six”, and says he has “no idea” why the station managers made their decision.
The 46-year-old broadcaster said he was “emptied and feeling really low” after being sacked last week after his contract had not been renewed after four years of hosting the late night program.
Speaking at the Jeremy Vine Show on Wednesday, he described himself as “an award-winning broadcaster” before urging other radio stations to recruit him for freelance work.
Tough times: Iain Lee admitted he was “disgusted and felt really weak” about losing his talkRADIO show and admits that he “has no idea” why the bosses made their decision
Iain told Jeremy, “It sounds strange. I know that in the plan of things, a guy who loses a radio show on a right-hand radio station is not big news, but I’m drained …
“I loved this show and I felt that we had created something very special and very unique. I don’t know why they got rid of an award-winning diffuser. It made me a little bit down to six, it made my confidence down to six.
Reaching out to fans and his peers, Iain continued, “There has been so much support from people who say you will have a concert very soon, but I can tell you that my phone doesn’t ring a lot.” .
He then applied for a job, saying, “It is authentic if someone has coverage mismatches on radio stations. I’m cheaper than you think. So call me …
Checkered: Last week, the 46-year-old presenter confirmed via social media that his time with the station had ended after talkRADIO had chosen not to offer him a new contract after four years of hosting the program.
“I’m really weak. I do things that I know are good for me. I meditate, I play with my cats and we’ll see where it goes but it’s not great.
Last Tuesday, he made the announcement, while Iain shared a message on his Twitter account, in which he explained: “I have been waiting for a while to find out if my contract was going to be renewed and today, I am finally said that, no, it’s not …
“I won’t go back on the air. My last show was from last night (what I thought was a bit dull, a 5 out of 10 only! Out with a groan!). ‘
He added: “I spent 4 incredible years at talkRADIO. I am the only host to be in the original location that I requested for 4 years after the start of the station.
Everywhere: Iain announced his departure from talkRADIO after four years
Farewell: the 46-year-old presenter confirmed via social media that his broadcast on the channel was over, after talkRADIO chose not to offer him a new contract
“The only host to have won an industry award (2 ARIA in fact, the best speech presenter 2017 and the best radio moment 2020). The only host to save 2 lives live.
“The only host to have helped a desperate alcoholic find redemption. The only host to have had a radio failure. The only host to tell the truth that your Prime Minister was a racist idiot.
“I couldn’t have done this without my producer and later co-host Katherine Boyle. She was the real power behind the show, not me. I love you Katherine and I know we have done something unique.
“Only you and I know what went on behind the scenes, and yet we stayed true to our goal – to bring more silliness and humanity to the radio. (sic) “
Lee also revealed that he already wanted to find another job on the radio.
Sorry: Sorry: Later, he went on Twitter to apologize to his co-host and listeners for his behavior on the show and said that certain factors had pushed him to his limits.
He wrote, “Thank you, dear listeners. You all. You showed me that I was right to swim against the tide. You joined our silly little gang and played the game. I’m forever grateful.
“Oh, and radio controllers and programmers … have coverage changes? “(Sic)
Lee’s time with talkRADIO was beset by a series of controversial moments, including an apparent breakdown while he was on the air.
The presenter worried listeners in April 2019 after announcing that he wanted to “leave” talkRADIO and repeat, “It’s over, it’s over.”
Fans listened to the generally joyful 22-hour weekday program, The Late Night Alternative, to find Lee denouncing the program as “useless,” “wasting time until we die,” and “a radio station that no one don’t listen ”.
The presenter embarked on the emotional rant while co-host Katherine was mostly silent without any producer intervening.
Revelation: In July 2019, Lee went live bisexual after telling listeners that he had sex with “much older men” when he was only 14 years old
Thank you: He later thanked the fans for their support after their release on national radio.
In the rant father of two, Lee, who separated from his wife Helena Robinson in 2018, said he did not think he was setting a good example for his children while working on the show.
He said, “What is your job, dad?” “I sit in a studio and talk about garbage for three hours a night, what example is this for putting my kids up. It’s not an example, it’s not a job, it’s not a job.
He also expressed frustration at the small base of listeners: “A radio station that nobody listens to, which does not advertise. We have 25,000 listeners on this program, what is it for? This is useless.
I’m back: the presenter then insisted that he was good enough to present the series despite urgent medical assistance
He then apologized to Twitter and his co-host and listeners for his behavior on the series and said that certain factors, including seeing an “almost fatal car accident”, had prompted him to limits.
He wrote, “Again, sorry for last night. Divorce, sex and being in an almost fatal car accident and seeing horrible things pushed me to the limit. I have disappointed some that my allies are using my emotional show as a clickbait, but I guess it’s 2019.
“I apologize for putting my best friend through this and I thank her for her continued support.
“I am blessed in this regard. I am not the person you all think I am and I am working hard to solve this problem. Marathon not a sprint and all that.
Painful: in June 2018, only three months after the well incident, his evening radio broadcast was left on hold after the presenter revealed that he was in hospital awaiting treatment after an owl attack
In July 2019, Lee went live bisexual after telling listeners that he had sex with “much older men” when he was only 14 years old.
The host admitted that he has been hiding his secret for 30 years, but that “the weight of shame and self-destruction has lifted.”
Lee told listeners of his show on Monday that the past few months have been “ugly” with the divorce from his wife BBC journalist Helena.
He said: “I was reminded of many things that started when I was 14 or 15 when I was involved and engaged in sex with much older men.
“It lasted a long time. I had a lot of confusion about this … these things happened, and then I started to put myself in positions where they would happen again.
“Now I can see it was mistreatment – a 14-year-old boy and I, 60, I can see it was mistreatment. He helped me look at it in a new light.
“It helped me realize that I was probably bisexual. It’s a big thing to get out. So I guess I go out at the age of 46. I’m terrified of it.
Long term: Lee has been a mainstay of talkRADIO for the past four years, but his time with the station is now over
Fourteen months earlier, he had almost missed his own show after falling into a well in Milton Keynes, which led him to “light up the police” in his radio studio.
Speaking to listeners after the incident – which left him a neck brace – he revealed that he had thrown money for luck, but was stuck on the side, and while trying to abseil down to retrieve it, its rope broke and it fell. down.
He recalled, “I’m fine there and I have a 20 pence piece and I thought I would make a wish because things were – with my sanity and my marriage – things were not great and I thought I needed a little luck.
Revealing the coin in the side of the well, he continued, “Do you know what I did? I’m so stupid. I am so Gené. What I did above all was try to reach it by tilting my head first.
“So there’s the rope with the bucket, I’m testing and pulling and I think it’s going to take my weight and I’m going first in feet and… I fell into the well. The water rose just below my knee.
In June 2018, just three months after the well incident, his evening radio broadcast was left on hold after the presenter revealed that he was in hospital awaiting treatment after an owl attack.
Later, he insisted that he was good enough to introduce himself after sharing a photo of him with his head wrapped in bandages while sitting in a wheelchair outside of an A&E department .
Subtitling the photo, he wrote: ‘Ok. The doctors here are incredible. I had tetanus and a few other injections. They glued the stripes on my head back with GLUE.
“I’m stupid and in shock but fingers crossed, I will be on the air this evening at 10 am on @talkRADIO on DAB, app and talkradio.co.uk. “
Lee originally announced the news of his potential absence to Twitter subscribers shortly after claiming he was wild by the generally nocturnal bird in broad daylight.
He wrote, “Sorry guys. I’m not sure I can do the show tonight. It’s the strangest thing but … I just got attacked violently. By an owl.
“It sounds like a joke, but it is not. Just sit in A&E with blood everywhere.