Brand's regret at Sachsgate scandal

Southend Standard: Brand's regret at Sachsgate scandal Brand's regret at Sachsgate scandal

ESSEX funny man Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross have told of their regret and embarrassment about sparking the Sachsgate scandal, as they discussed the incident together on TV for the first time.

Russell said he was wrapped up in the comedy value of their stunt and lost perspective of "reality" when they left near-the-knuckle messages during a prank call which caused outrage.

The pair reflected on their behaviour and told how it brought them close as friends, as Grays-born Russell appeared on an edition of The Jonathan Ross Show to be screened on ITV on Saturday.

They caused a furore in 2008 when they left smutty messages on veteran actor Andrews Sachs's answerphone during a pre-recorded Radio 2 show. It led to the departure of the station controller and both the stars left the BBC as a result of the fallout.

Speaking during the recording of his chat show, Jonathan said: "Let's deal with this, because we're both keen to put this behind us. People, I think are perhaps curious as to how we felt about it afterwards. We did both regret the furore that we caused, and also the hurt it may have caused Mr Sachs and his family."

Russell added: "Obviously we regretted it because it became difficult to distinguish the media phenomena from the obvious impolite act.

"I consider myself quite a polite person, right, but sometimes you get excited when you're doing a joke. You know when David Attenborough, he was saying when the camera men are filming an animal and they sort of think 'this is brilliant' and they forget it's actual reality - I sometimes think like that with comedy.

"I'm doing the joke, and I think 'this is brilliant, this is brilliant' and then you sort of realise, 'oh that's reality with real consequences'. I went 'oh it's only a joke' - I didn't realise that we were part of the frequency of reality."

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3:12pm Fri 1 Feb 13

perini says...

What a pair of complete parts!
What a pair of complete parts! perini
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4:26pm Fri 1 Feb 13

firedog says...

Russel Brand "funny man".The Echo should be fined under the trade discription act.
Russel Brand "funny man".The Echo should be fined under the trade discription act. firedog
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4:29pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Shoebury_Cyclist says...

firedog wrote:
Russel Brand "funny man".The Echo should be fined under the trade discription act.
Actually he's a very intelligent and funny man. Did you not see him take on the loons of the Westboro Baptist Church?

http://youtu.be/OBA6
qlHW8po
[quote][p][bold]firedog[/bold] wrote: Russel Brand "funny man".The Echo should be fined under the trade discription act.[/p][/quote]Actually he's a very intelligent and funny man. Did you not see him take on the loons of the Westboro Baptist Church? http://youtu.be/OBA6 qlHW8po Shoebury_Cyclist
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5:01pm Fri 1 Feb 13

firedog says...

Shoebury_Cyclist wrote:
firedog wrote:
Russel Brand "funny man".The Echo should be fined under the trade discription act.
Actually he's a very intelligent and funny man. Did you not see him take on the loons of the Westboro Baptist Church?

http://youtu.be/OBA6

qlHW8po
Does he ride a bike?
[quote][p][bold]Shoebury_Cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]firedog[/bold] wrote: Russel Brand "funny man".The Echo should be fined under the trade discription act.[/p][/quote]Actually he's a very intelligent and funny man. Did you not see him take on the loons of the Westboro Baptist Church? http://youtu.be/OBA6 qlHW8po[/p][/quote]Does he ride a bike? firedog
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5:05pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Shoebury_Cyclist says...

firedog wrote:
Shoebury_Cyclist wrote:
firedog wrote:
Russel Brand "funny man".The Echo should be fined under the trade discription act.
Actually he's a very intelligent and funny man. Did you not see him take on the loons of the Westboro Baptist Church?

http://youtu.be/OBA6


qlHW8po
Does he ride a bike?
I have no idea.
[quote][p][bold]firedog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoebury_Cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]firedog[/bold] wrote: Russel Brand "funny man".The Echo should be fined under the trade discription act.[/p][/quote]Actually he's a very intelligent and funny man. Did you not see him take on the loons of the Westboro Baptist Church? http://youtu.be/OBA6 qlHW8po[/p][/quote]Does he ride a bike?[/p][/quote]I have no idea. Shoebury_Cyclist
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5:08pm Fri 1 Feb 13

billericay boy says...

Old news .....who gives a monkeys toss.....
Old news .....who gives a monkeys toss..... billericay boy
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7:08pm Fri 1 Feb 13

firedog says...

Shoebury_Cyclist wrote:
firedog wrote:
Shoebury_Cyclist wrote:
firedog wrote:
Russel Brand "funny man".The Echo should be fined under the trade discription act.
Actually he's a very intelligent and funny man. Did you not see him take on the loons of the Westboro Baptist Church?

http://youtu.be/OBA6



qlHW8po
Does he ride a bike?
I have no idea.
You seem to be in tandem with him.
[quote][p][bold]Shoebury_Cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]firedog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoebury_Cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]firedog[/bold] wrote: Russel Brand "funny man".The Echo should be fined under the trade discription act.[/p][/quote]Actually he's a very intelligent and funny man. Did you not see him take on the loons of the Westboro Baptist Church? http://youtu.be/OBA6 qlHW8po[/p][/quote]Does he ride a bike?[/p][/quote]I have no idea.[/p][/quote]You seem to be in tandem with him. firedog
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8:58pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Devils Advocate says...

Well, as long as they told Andrew Sachs and his family that they regret the hurt, that's all right then?
I suppose in this "Couldn't give a toss" age that might seem Ok, but try that sort of thing with me and my grandchildren and I guarantee Punishment far more severe would be the order of the day. Common decency may be a forgotten phrase these days but it did make the British a far better people!
Well, as long as they told Andrew Sachs and his family that they regret the hurt, that's all right then? I suppose in this "Couldn't give a toss" age that might seem Ok, but try that sort of thing with me and my grandchildren and I guarantee Punishment far more severe would be the order of the day. Common decency may be a forgotten phrase these days but it did make the British a far better people! Devils Advocate
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9:42pm Fri 1 Feb 13

pussycats says...

Get off his back. Russell is a kind, intelligent man with an empathy towards others, that some of you will never have. He made a mistake and was sorry and regretful and has been honest with himself and others about it and has turned his life around, for the better. Shame, more people can't do the same.
Get off his back. Russell is a kind, intelligent man with an empathy towards others, that some of you will never have. He made a mistake and was sorry and regretful and has been honest with himself and others about it and has turned his life around, for the better. Shame, more people can't do the same. pussycats
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1:00am Sat 2 Feb 13

Devils Advocate says...

pussycats wrote:
Get off his back. Russell is a kind, intelligent man with an empathy towards others, that some of you will never have. He made a mistake and was sorry and regretful and has been honest with himself and others about it and has turned his life around, for the better. Shame, more people can't do the same.
I understand your feelings. Adolf was a brilliant right-wing Austrian born Socialist. Much misunderstood, he made one or two mistakes which he so much regretted that he took his own life.And, the wholesale slaughter of practically a whole race of people has led to his persecution way after his death. Telling someone what they did to his granddaughter in graphic detail is forgivable? Never in my book. That is a direct attack filled with venom, intruding into a family and their love for each other.Only someone without family values can forgive his, and worse still, the other overpaid piece of an ammunition maker, who I view as being the real culprit in this matter.
[quote][p][bold]pussycats[/bold] wrote: Get off his back. Russell is a kind, intelligent man with an empathy towards others, that some of you will never have. He made a mistake and was sorry and regretful and has been honest with himself and others about it and has turned his life around, for the better. Shame, more people can't do the same.[/p][/quote]I understand your feelings. Adolf was a brilliant right-wing Austrian born Socialist. Much misunderstood, he made one or two mistakes which he so much regretted that he took his own life.And, the wholesale slaughter of practically a whole race of people has led to his persecution way after his death. Telling someone what they did to his granddaughter in graphic detail is forgivable? Never in my book. That is a direct attack filled with venom, intruding into a family and their love for each other.Only someone without family values can forgive his, and worse still, the other overpaid piece of an ammunition maker, who I view as being the real culprit in this matter. Devils Advocate
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9:38am Sat 2 Feb 13

Carnabackable says...

A right couple of twits, glad they got the sack from the bbc
A right couple of twits, glad they got the sack from the bbc Carnabackable
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12:21pm Sat 2 Feb 13

asbo. just the truth says...

russell brand is a jerk of the highest order. the US can keep his sorry drug addled ****
russell brand is a jerk of the highest order. the US can keep his sorry drug addled **** asbo. just the truth
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12:22pm Sat 2 Feb 13

asbo. just the truth says...

arsch
arsch asbo. just the truth
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10:16am Sun 3 Feb 13

Audioman says...

Go and get a haircut wash and shave !!!
Go and get a haircut wash and shave !!! Audioman
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3:50pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Thurrockbob says...

lol ..... Brand is as funny as diarrhea in an astronauts suit, him and Woss are both a waste of air!
lol ..... Brand is as funny as diarrhea in an astronauts suit, him and Woss are both a waste of air! Thurrockbob
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