Iain Lee threatened to quit his TalkRADIO show in a late-night rant live on air – while slating his loyal listeners for not giving him fresh material.
The troubled presenter, who last year came third in I’m A Celebrity, shot down his co-host Katherine Boyle’s suggestions as she tried to lighten the mood on Tuesday night’s The Late Night Alternative show.
"I don’t know what to do. 24 minutes in, I don’t know where to take it," he told her towards the start of the show.
"Well no, no-one’s phoning in. I’ll tell you what. I’ve been so close recently to quitting this job. So close to quitting it, because I just feel I am repeating the same old s**t that we’ve been doing for years and it’s not going anywhere."
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He took aim at the handful of phone-ins by name, saying: "We’re getting the same old callers, it’s great that you guys call in. It feels like the same handful of people who are calling.
"We’ve got Alan, we’ve got Nigel, we’ve got Alistair, we’ve got the same five six people calling in for three years, which is great. But I feel I have extracted as much as I can from that, from them, I don’t feel that we’re doing anything different, or unique or new.
"I listen to all the other radio stations that do phone-ins (sorry headphone this is bulls**t) and this doesn’t fit in with anything.
"Alistair’s calling in now, I don’t know why, it’s probably to have a go at me."
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As Katherine awkwardly tried to console Iain, the presenter – currently going through a divorce from his ex-wife Helena, with who he has two children – warmed to his theme.
"I swear to god, if I wasn’t up to my eyeballs in debt and didn’t have to pay a huge amount of money every month for my divorce and for my house I’d quit because it feels like we’re just treading water," he went on.
"I swear to god if I didn’t have to pay three grand every month I would quit because this is not fun for anybody. It feels like there’s nothing new, I’ve run out of ideas.
"This can’t be fun for the listener, our listening figures are the lowest they have ever been.
"So the difference that I’m trying to do is obviously not working so we might as well let someone else come in."
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The troubled presenter has missed a number of shows of late
Iain has been increasingly erratic on his late-night show, branding one listener a "c***" live on air back in July during a call-in about beastiality.
He also missed a show in June after claiming he’d been attacked by an owl and had to go to A&E covered in blood.
And earlier this year he sat out an episode because he’d fallen down a well.
When asked whether that was the truth, Iain insisted it was – and even appeared on Good Morning Britain wearing a neck brace, that was mysteriously gone when he was pictured the next day.
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