Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Russell Brand’s no regrets over phone prank

Russell Brand

Russell Brand says he would have done nothing differently over prank calls he and Jonathan Ross made to Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs — saying the scandal “worked out really well”.

Brand quit his Radio 2 show, which broadcast the lewd remarks, and Ross was suspended for three months.

The incident in October last year sparked more than 40,000 complaints and a clampdown on BBC rules.

In April Ofcom fined the BBC £150,000 over the lewd phone calls, describing them as “gratuitously offensive, humiliating and demeaning”.

Brand told New! magazine things might have turned out differently if Sachs had answered his calls — “It isn't that hard to pick up a phone.”

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