Russell Brand quits the BBC over prank call
Russell Brand quit the BBC last night following the controversy caused by a prank phone call to the comic actor Andrew Sachs. Jonathan Ross has issued a full apology to both Sachs and his granddaughter Georgina Baillie as well as the general public after both he and Brand were suspended by the Beeb yesterday.
Speaking on a video released through Sky News, Brand apologised for the offence caused: 'I have apologised to Andrew Sachs for the rude messages I left on October 18 and he has graciously accepted.'
The comedian continued: '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.'
With his film career in the US blossoming Brand won't be out of work any time soon and it's the fans of his BBC Radio 2 show who will ultimately lose out. Ross will find out today if the prank call will cost him his £6m per year contract with Auntie.
The winner in the story seems to be Ms. Baillie, an erotic dancer and aspiring glamour model, who has signed up with PR guru Max Clifford and is getting front page coverage in all of the tabloids.