Sunday 19 January 2020

'I'm A Celeb aftercare inadequate', claims DJ Lee

Iain Lee was a contestant on the jungle reality show in 2017. Photo: PA
Iain Lee was a contestant on the jungle reality show in 2017. Photo: PA

Former I'm A Celebrity star Iain Lee says the aftercare for those who have been on the TV show is "inadequate".

The DJ appeared on the 2017 series of the show, which begins again tomorrow night, and has previously spoken about his depression.

His comments come after shows such as Love Island beefed up the mental health care they offer contestants.

"The mental health care that you get before you go in is probably inadequate," said Lee.

"And then when you come out it is definitely inadequate."

The broadcaster (46) said not getting enough sleep, along with I'm A Celebrity's gruelling challenges and lack of food, was "torture".


Lee, who has spoken of his own depression, wants the UK government to recognise sleep as a fundamental human right.

"Sleep there was a nightmare," he said of the jungle.

"I'm a 6ft 4in man and for the most of it they put me in a hammock.

"You'd get to bed late at night if you were doing a midnight challenge, and then they'd wake you up ridiculously early to do the live show with Ant and Dec.

"You'd always have to look busy."

He said a lack of sleep made the celebrities "ratty, miserable and upset".

Lee, who is working with mattress brand Eve Sleep on a campaign to highlight social and environmental factors which impact on sleep, added: "I get that that's part of the show, but not having sleep is dangerous. It's a form of torture.

"I'm not complaining about the jungle. I had a great time.

"It turned my career around, I loved it.

"But let the likes of Kate Garraway and Ian Wright have a decent night's sleep."

Speaking about the show's aftercare, the DJ added: "There certainly could have been more help.

"I think they paid for a couple of sessions to see my psychiatrist, who I would have seen anyway, and I had a phone call asking if I'd like to come in.

"I said I didn't want to go in and that was that."

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