I can’t say I’ve ever been a fan of Russell Brand but I’ve always thought Jonathan Ross was wicked.
Having heard the news about them prank calling Andrew Sachs (Manuel from Fawlty Towers) I think I may be going off him too…
When Sachs failed to pick up his phone during their radio show Brand and Ross resorted to leaving him a series of vile telephone messages claiming Brand had slept with Sachs’ 23-year-old granddaughter Georgina Baillie.
Two million listeners heard Ross, 47, and 33-year-old Brand leave a succession of lewd answer phone messages for 78-year-old Mr Sachs.
They joked that Brand had slept with the actor’s granddaughter Georgina Baillie, 23, and Brand even suggested that the news could lead the Fawlty Towers star to hang himself.
One of the most cringey bits was the song. Ross sang backing while Brand bellowed out lyrics like
“I said some things I didn’t have oughta,
Like I had sex with you granddaughter,
but it was consensual and she wasn’t menstrual”
Now wouldn’t you love your granddad to hear that about you?
Not only has the BBC received 10,000 complaints, but even Gordon Brown has stepped in to express his disgust on the matter describing the incident as offensive and inappropriate”.
Tory leader David Cameron asked how the BBC had ever allowed the programme to be broadcast. In the Commons, Tory MP Nigel Evans and Labour’s Andrew Mackinlay tabled an early-day motion condemning the abusive calls as ‘base, vulgar’ and likely to diminish the reputation of the BBC.
Mr Evans suggested that the police should launch an investigation. ‘I would sack both comedians,’ he said. ‘Who do they have to offend, and in what manner do they have to offend people, before the BBC takes action?’
Scotland Yard said later it could not act unless it received a complaint from an injured party.
In an act of belated contrition, both Ross and Brand sent flowers to Mr Sachs’s house. Ross was said to have delivered them personally.
To hear what was said watch the videos below.