Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Sachs: I’m not bitter over obscene phone messages

Andrew Sachs says last autumn’s obscene messages scandal was “in the past”, and he bore no resentments over the affair.

Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross left a series of lewd messages on the Fawlty Towers actor’s answering machine while recording Brand’s Radio 2 show.

The two presenters said Brand had slept with Sachs’ granddaughter Georgina Baillie (23) and joked that Sachs might kill himself.

The ensuing public outcry saw 33-year-old Brand quit the station and Ross suspended from the airwaves for 12 weeks without pay.

In an interview with the Radio Times, the 79-year-old (pictured) said he thought the incident provoked a strong reaction because the public felt it was really Manuel, his Fawlty Towers persona, that Brand and Ross were talking about.

“It’s in the past. It takes a lot to upset me and I can’t bear resentments. It’s a waste of time,” he said.

But he said the affair had caused a certain amount of tension within his family.

“We’re very close to my daughter (Kate), who is Georgina’s mother,” he told the magazine.

Talking about his past Sachs, who left Berlin for the UK in 1938, said he remembered the colours of Nazi marches.

“Had I stayed there and had I not been half-Jewish, I would have been enlisted in the Hitler Youth, I suppose,” he said.

l The full interview appears in this week’s Radio Times, on sale now.

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