Iain Lee announces retirement from presenting and new career

The 49-year-old comedian and presenter is becoming a fulltime counsellor.

Iain Lee
Iain Lee is retiring from presenting to be a counsellor. (Getty Images)

Iain Lee has announced his retirement from broadcasting to become a full time counsellor.

The 49-year-old stand-up comedian and presenter - who was the centre of a bullying row when he appeared on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! in 2017 - has quit his radio job at regional station Jack FM confessing he is "tired" of broadcasting.

Lee tweeted: "Hey everyone, a bit of news, a few weeks ago I handed my notice in at Jack FM. Not sure how long I've got left (maybe nothing after this tweet!). It wasn't working for me with no producer, podcast or daily best bits.

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"It's also made me realise I don't want to work in radio anymore so I'm announcing my retirement from broadcasting to focus full time on my counselling work. There are of course exceptions."

He added: "I've been working in this industry for 30 years and I'm really tired. So, onto new and better adventures. Thank you radio, for most of it it was a blast."

The father-of-two said he will continue to do voiceover work "and the odd gig on 4 Extra."

He went on: "I'll still consider offers but won't chase them."

In 2018 Lee saved a man from taking his own life when he called into his radio show.

He began studying to become a counsellor in September 2020.

Iain Lee took part in I'm A Celebrity in 2017. (ITV)
Iain Lee took part in I'm A Celebrity in 2017. (ITV)

The former star of The 11 O’Clock Show and presenter of Channel 4 breakfast show RI:SE was one of the original line-up of presenters on talkRADIO when it launched in 2016, before leaving in 2020.

He joined regional radio station Jack FM as host of the breakfast show in July 2022.

Lee has two sons with ex-wife, journalist Helena Wilkinson. They split in 2018.

At the time he confessed to relapsing into drug use after 13 years of being sober. In September 2020 he admitted to breaking another two-and-a-half period of sobriety by taking cocaine.

Comedian and Absolute Radio personality Iain Lee comperes the Teenage Cancer Trust Concert at the Royal Albert Hall on March 24, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Matt Kent/Redferns)
Iain Lee, pictured in 2009, started out on stand-up comedy. (Getty Images)

In 2019 he came out as bisexual.

Lee confessed on his talkRadio show: "I guess I'm coming out at the age of 46. I'm terrified by it."

The TV star was also caught up in a bullying row with Rebekah Vardy after they both appeared on I'm A Celebrity together.

Lee suggested that Vardy made him feel unhappy and isolated during their time in the camp.

Vardy responded: "Edited TV looks a certain way. I don't have anything bad to say about him."

Iain Lee with Rebekah Vardy in the I'm A Celebrity jungle. (ITV)
Iain Lee with Rebekah Vardy in the I'm A Celebrity jungle. (ITV)

Lee tweeted a screengrab of the interview, saying: "So @RebekahVardy claiming she didn't bully me because 'edited TV looks a certain way'.

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"They can only edit what you do and say. You don't get to say if I was bullied. You made my time in the jungle miserable."

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