Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Ross & Russ Are in Deep Sh...

In case you didn't know, comedian Russell Brand has resigned from his BBC show on Radio 2 and Johnathon Ross, host of BBC's Friday night chat show has been suspended following complaints of their lewd phonecalls to Fawlty Towers star, Andrew Sachs. Full chronological details of the call controversy can be found on (surprise suprise) BBC website Talk about dramatic! Prank voice messages were left on Sachs' voice machine to get a gist of what was said here it is: Ross: "He [Brand] f**** your granddaughter..." Brand: "I wore a condom.." And Ross again, "She was bent over the couch..." Although the show was pre-recorded, it didn't stop over 4,000 complaints being made to BBC. The complaint number currently stands at over 27,000. Wow, they REALLY upset a lot of people. Later this afternoon, Brand quit his Radio 2 show and Ross issued a formal statement. Wowzar it sure is getting serious. To make matters even juicer the grand-daughter in question, Georgina Baillie, has spoken to the Sun about their "appalling lack of judgement". When it was announced they had been suspended she let her feelings be known in her online interivew with The Sun, "Me and my Grandad are both really happy." Gordon Brown calls the incident, "clearly inappropriate and unacceptable", Culture secretary Andrew Burnham says he is glad the BBC has apologised and that the corporation is investigating the matter. Oh and Piers Morgan was quick to add his two pennies worth in an article in the Daily Mail commenting on the scandal: "He is the highest-paid star in BBC history, their flagship hero, a man given £18million of taxpayers' money to amuse and entertain the nation on the airwaves. Dwell on that amount for a few seconds while you work out how to pay this week's food and petrol bills. What you probably don't expect for all that hard-earned cash is that Ross will use it to abuse and insult a kind, gentle, well-loved, 78-year-old actor with gratuitous sexual sneers about his granddaughter." With everyone pointing the blame at Ross and Russ, I wonder if and when the blame will shift to the editorial team. Who on earth was responsible for letting this, pre-recorded, show go ahead? Someone needs to look closer at that chain of command... Bet Ross and Russ wish they kept their school boy "prank" between themselves and not involved their 400,000 listeners!

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