Melanie Sykes claims she was left in tears after Keith Lemon made three hours of sexual jokes about her during a TV appearance.
The TV presenter appeared on ITV show Through The Keyhole back in 2018, and says she was left devastated after leaving the studio.
Mel, 50, claims that Keith – played by funnyman Leigh Francis – made a string of offensive marks towards her throughout the three-hour record, saying there was no way it would have made the edit and that it was therefore only for the benefit of the live audience.
She says that she complained to producers about what happened, and TV sources tell the Mirror that it was taken seriously.
Mel said herself that she was included in the edit of the programme, giving her approval to the final cut that went out on TV.
Interviewed on the Frankly Speaking podcast with Lynne Franks, Mel said: “I went into the studio and I didn’t think Keith was going to be like he was on the other show that he does [Celebrity Juice] where it’s all sex and blow jobs and talking about people’s a**holes and all that.
“I sat there for a three-hour record and he did all of that stuff to me verbally to entertain the live audience — because it was never going to make the edit of the show, because it was a family, Saturday night show, so he used me to entertain the audience.
“I had Jonathan Ross to my right and Ashley Banjo to my left and the first thing that Keith said to me, in character, ‘I bet your a**hole smells of flowers’.”
She went on: “It makes me want to cry right now because I was so caught in the headlights and wasn’t expecting it.
“It went from bad to worse, I kept thinking ‘What am I going to do?’ I can’t get up and storm out because it will be all over the newspapers that I’ve walked out and it will, of course, be my fault, everybody in the audience has a mobile phone so they could see.
“So for three hours I struggled through that. I got home that night and I cried all night and I rang my agent in the morning and told him about my experience and I said, ‘I don’t know what I’m going to do about it’.
“So I rang the head of the production company, and said, ‘Can you make sure in the edit I don’t look out of my depth, angry or upset, because I don’t have a poker face, because it’s detrimental to me’.
“And she agreed for me to part of the edit and I would approve the edit, and I said, ‘It was a terrible experience’ she said, ‘you’re the first person that has ever complained about him’ and I said, ‘ I don’t care’ and this was before MeToo, so it wasn’t like I felt strongly because of it.
“I said ‘you and I know that there are loads of women who don’t say anything, it doesn’t mean it’s not happening’.
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“So all of these things can hit the cutting room floor but my experience still lives and breathes, it still lives and breathes now.”
Production company Talkback declined to comment when contacted by the Mirror.
Leigh’s representatives have also been contacted.