Iain Lee reveals he contemplated suicide after his life was ‘made an absolute misery’ due to ‘incessant trolling’ from broadcaster Jon Gaunt
- The comedian, 44, claimed the journalist’s ‘trolling’ has left him suicidal
- Iain has spoken in the past about his mental health battles
- During his rant on Thursday evening, Iain hit out at Jon’s now-deleted tweets
- The I’m A Celeb star wrote: ‘You made my life an absolute misery. At my lowest ebb of your trolling, I considered, briefly, suicide’
- Gaunt referenced a court appearance, seemingly alluding to Iain’s 2011 battle with a parish councillor, who bombarded him with hate messages and was jailed
Iain Lee took to Twitter on Thursday evening to reveal he contemplated suicide after alleged trolling from broadcaster Jon Gaunt.
The radio personality and comedian, 44, lashed out at the journalist in reaction to a series of now-deleted posts, as he claimed his life had been made ‘an absolute misery’, however rounded out his message by wishing Gaunt’s family well.
In his posts, he penned: ‘The gall of someone who has threatened me, blackmailed me, mocked my mental health, tried to get me the sack – getting in touch indirectly to ask me to go easy.
‘I’m a decent bloke so I will. But sweet Jesus man, have a look at yourself. An apology would be a start.’
Social media cleanse: Iain Lee took to Twitter on Thursday evening to reveal he contemplated suicide after alleged trolling from broadcaster Jon Gaunt
He then added in response to a now-deleted message: ‘@jongaunt of course I’ll do as you ask. Hadn’t crossed that line anyway. You’ve got a nerve though son. After everything you put me through I should tell you exactly where to go.
‘I’m a decent bloke though. I wish, as I’ve always done, you and your family peace.’
Responding to the message, Jon penned: ‘Iain why have you put this in the public domain? You could DM me s this is extremely serious, as serious as when you went to court. My family are in real danger please dm me.’
Iain retorted: ‘Im not going to mate. You don’t dictate my narrative I’m afraid. I hadn’t crossed that line you asked. I haven’t referred to the specifics. I’m simply saying, you’ve got a f**king nerve after what you put me through. Once again, peace.’
Hitting back: In his posts, he penned: ‘@jongaunt of course I’ll do as you ask. Hadn’t crossed that line anyway. You’ve got a nerve though son. After everything you put me through I should tell you exactly where to go’ (Jon Gaunt, pictured on This Morning in 2012)
Iain finally added: ‘I anticipate another call from Nick asking me to go easy. I have done.never mentioned what you asked me to stop mentioning.
‘You made my life an absolute misery. At my lowest ebb of your trolling, I considered, briefly, suicide. So no. I will not DM you. I wish you and yours peace.’
MailOnline has contacted Iain and Jon for comment.
The reference to court appeared to allude his 2011 battle with a parish councillor, known as ‘Mr Good Evening’, who bombarded him with hate messages over the phone, email and Twitter.
Samuel Wilkins, an Ofcom worker and village councillor in Whyteleafe, Surrey, was jailed after he subjected the comedian and his producer to a 16-month campaign of abuse and nuisance calls.
Mr Wilkins, then-33, who was also a children’s charity trustee, sent Twitter messages calling Lee an ‘ugly c**t’ and a ‘pathetic little p***k’ and even made remarks about the DJ’s young son.
Hard times: He continued: ‘I’m simply saying, you’ve got a f**king nerve after what you put me through. Once again, peace… I anticipate another call from (his agent) Nick asking me to go easy’
Iain has previously discussed his mental health battles, when last year he opened up during his stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here.
He said: ‘I’m in quite a good, stable space at the moment so I’m not worried about going in and feeling suicidal. When I’ve been asked a couple of times before I haven’t felt well enough. I wouldn’t do it if I felt wobbly.
‘They psych test you with a really quite intense conversation with the psychiatrist and I was very open and honest about my depression.’
Earlier this month, Iain raised eyebrows among his fans, when he deleted every single one of his Twitter posts, before sharing a lengthy post about ‘failure’.
Hitting back: The funnyman lashed out at the journalist in reaction to a series on now-deleted posts, as he claimed his life had been made ‘an absolute misery’, however rounded out his message by wishing Gaunt’s family well
The star’s actions appeared to come in direct response to his decision to halt calls to his talkRADIO show, after he admitted that confrontations with some listeners left him stressed out.
He shared that he had changed his stance on banning calls to his show in the midst of a long, rambling post which has now been pinned to the top his vastly reduced Twitter feed.
Captioning the post, he wrote: ‘Failure is the best tool for learning. Don’t be afraid to plough your own furrow. My head hurts.’
‘I’m pained and itching and tired and wondering and wandering,’ his post began. ‘Why do we do these things? What is it that drives us to pick up a flower and smell it while we ignore all the others?
Tweet: After deleting his feed, he then shared a post about failure, which preceded a lengthy, rambling piece appearing to touch on a range of subjects
Subjects: The former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! contestant spoke about a range of subjects in his post, while also revealing a plan to renege on banning radio show call-ins
‘I’ve never had gazpacho. I’m not sure I would even know how to make it. What are the basic ingredients? Life has ups. And downs. And even sideways. I’ve had shudders. Imagine! Life shudders in the spring of a new day.
‘I’m so glad I discovered Dylan and excited by the prospects that brings me. And now to add late period Elvis into my repertoire only inspires me further forward.’
Referencing his radio show, he said: ‘Not taking calls didn’t work. I fall on my sword. We’ll take calls again. From tomorrow. I say didn’t work.
‘All failures are actually successes. All successes are in some ways failures. That appears so obvious to me. But will look like ramblings to most of you.’
He added: ‘The wink is our secret. Hold onto it. You may not see it for years but when you eventually do, it will warm your soul. I have held beauty in my hand. I have ingested poisons. I am man. And woman. And human. I am life. Breathe me.’
Iain was pictured presenting his radio show shortly before the rant with a neck brace on, having revealed he had fallen down a well.
Brace yourself: Wishing him Well: Iain nearly had to cancel his radio show earlier this month after he fell down the well. He revealed his ordeal as he live tweeted the incident
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