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Russell Brand Resigns From BBC!

Russell Brand has just issued a statement on BBC News 24 saying that he's resigning from his BBC Radio 2 programme. He said:

"I have apologised to Andrew Sachs... and he has graciously accepted. As I only do the radio show to make people laugh I've decided that given the subsequent coverage I will stop doing the show."

This announcement follows the earlier news that he and Jonathan Ross were both suspended by the corporation pending further enquiry into the prank they played on Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs.

Andrew told BBC News 24: "I respect his decision, I hope he moves forward. I really hope he does."

Jonathan Ross has also issued an apology, saying: "I am deeply sorry and greatly regret the upset and distress that my juvenile and thoughtless remarks on the Russell Brand show have caused".

To see a video of Andrew talking to the BBC about the situation, and to read Russell and Jonathan's statements in full,


Russell's statement:

I have apologised to Andrew Sachs for the rude messages I left on October 18 and he has graciously accepted.
As I only do the radio show to make people laugh I've decided that given the subsequent coverage I will stop doing the show.
I've loved working for the BBC and am very proud of the shows myself, Matt Morgan, Nic Philps, Mr Gee and Noel Gallagher have made and I apologise to all of them for damaging their careers - except Noel, whose band are doing quite well.
I got a bit caught up in the moment and forgot that at the core of the rude comments and silly songs were the real feelings of a beloved and brilliant comic actor and a very sweet and big hearted young woman.
Apologies are also owed to the loyal listeners of the show who enjoyed its shambolic spirit and anarchy and will be upset that it cannot continue.
I take complete responsibility and offer nothing but love and contrition and I hope that now Jonathan and the BBC will endure less forensic wrath.
Hare Krishna.

Jonathan's statement:

I am deeply sorry and greatly regret the upset and distress that my juvenile and thoughtless remarks on the Russell Brand show have caused.
I have not issued a statement previously because it was my intention and desire to offer an apology to all those offended on my Friday night programme.
However, it was a stupid error of judgement on my part, and I offer a full apology.

Rob Morrison/Nick Banks/

Join The Conversation
Chandler Chandler 8 years
I am so disappointing that Russell will no longer be doing a radio show!! :( I looked forward to it every week. For me, it is what he does best, plus, his camaraderie with Matt Morgan was great! :D
tototee tototee 8 years
Advah it wasn't even 3 day's later.. the show and phone call happened on the 18th Oct!... I wonder if in an attempt to keep Jonathan Ross they've pushed Russell out the door... Anyway completely agree with SW.. well said!
Advah Advah 8 years
I completely agree, SW. There are so many shows and comedians who do worse than that, why has this suddenly been blown way out of proportion?! The whole complaints thing is also getting very annoying; people should get a life instead of deciding to complain about something they haven't heard three days later..
swwonder swwonder 8 years
I very much agree with what Tototee. There's also the fact that there are so many other more offensive Comedians on the BBC - who I'm sure they get a lot more complaints about (Little Britain, Frankie Boyle etc). If you're a regular listener of Russel Brand's Radio Show (or even his comedy) you come to expect a certain type of humour (not saying this was ok btw, this went a little too far), so I very much doubt that the 10,000 complaints the BBC received were from regular listeners, but simply busy-body's who simply want something to complain about. I think it's a bad move the BBC suspending Jonathan, that can only lead to a plummet in viewing figures surely, but we'll see.
alexlove alexlove 8 years
This whole thing has been blown out of proportion, I can't believe he's resigning. I loved listening to this show every week, this is terrible. I'm going to miss it. Its unfair that complaints mostly from those who don't even listen to the show have ruined it for all those who do. As for the jokes at the MTV Awards, I thought Russell was hilarious and don't understand why he was so crucified when wasn't it last year when Sarah Silverman made jokes about Britney's kids being mistakes? Although the prank call on the radio show was stupid and a mistake, I think people need to lighten up. I'm tired of the press and just people in general taking small events and blowing them out of proportion. Like there aren't other more important things to worry about. I mean, did the prime minister really need to comment on this?
Ms--Anonymous Ms--Anonymous 8 years
My whole thing with Brand is that's he's always putting his foot in his mouth! What he did was totally inappropriate- just like at the MTV Awards when he criticized and publicly made fun of the Jonas Brothers for their choice of chastity until marriage. Now I'm not really familiar with them all that much but it was just uncomfortable to watch him continually crack on them during the show!
hills hills 8 years
i totally agree that people make mistakes, everyone does, but tbh i think its a mixture of things, 1. even a 7 year old would know what they did was bad and its basically telling people let alone kids yea go and degrade people its funny.... i think that in this case he should have been sacked but i respect him more for resigning, i want Russell to do well coz in a way i sort of feel sorry for him about his past, but this was waaay to far, i herd 10000 people complained, how embarrassing. There is so no way J R will leave though, he would never leave his money
tototee tototee 8 years
Honestly... why can't we make mistakes anymore.... Apologies said and accepted...It was a stupid stupid thing to have done and even more foolish of Russell and the producer/team to air it. But all this fuss... only two of his audience complained... the rest have come from people (probably not knowing the full story) who aren't a fan of Russell jumping on bored the witch hunt bandwagon.. I'm not a fan of Russell.. and I totally disagree with what he and Jonathan said and did. But I also believe in people making mistakes and once apologies are done, said and accepted.. maybe it's time to let thing be.
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