Russell Brand is returning to live radio after an eight year hiatus.The comedian, 41, confirmed he will host a new comedy show on Radio X that will begin on Sunday morning and run from 11am until 1pm.It will be the first time Russell will broadcast live since ‘Sachsgate’ – where he and Jonathan Ross had caused controversy by prank calling the late Andrew Sachs on his former BBC Radio 2 show.
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Speaking about his new radio venture, Russell said: ‘I’m going to be on Radio X – the show will be about joy, unity and togetherness.’
He added: ‘Sorry for any offence in advance.’Meanwhile, Radio X’s Managing Editor said of Russell’s addition to the station: ‘Radio X is home to big personalities and we’re incredibly excited to be welcoming Russell back for his live radio return.’He’s a huge talent and his Sunday morning show is going to become a must-listen for fans of his irreverent humour.’The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star had actually embarked on his radio career on the same station when it was formally known as X FM in 2002.Four years later he switched over to BBC Radio 6 to front his own show The Russell Brand Show which was soon moved to BBC Radio 2.Russell resigned from the station following the controversy he and Jonathan Ross had caused on air when an interview with Sachs fell through.The actor had been scheduled to be a phone-in guest on the show, but when he didn’t answer, Russell and Jonathan received a huge number of complaints for lewd voicemails they left on his phone – including comments that revealed Russell had slept with the star’s granddaughter Georgina Baillie.The incident was investigated by Ofcom and the duo apologised for their actions.They were both suspended by the BBC and Russell announced he had resigned.
The BBC, meanwhile, were fined £150,000 for airing the calls Brand and Ross had made. Russell has since said he regrets the calls and referred to himself and Ross as ‘two idiots dancing towards a canyon’ on hearing them back.Sachs, however, later admitted that the scandal had still affected him years later.He passed away in November 2016 aged 86.
Confirmation of Russell’s radio return comes after fans recently saw him present the early hours of this year’s Comic Relief show.The dad-of-one – Russell is father to daughter Mabel whom he shares with fiancee Laura Gallacher – was left red-faced after being heard swearing when closing the broadcast.After announcing the night’s grand total that reached over £71million, he was heard saying: ‘F***ing hell. F***ing hell.’The night which came under fire for its foul language and crude sketches pre-watershed resulted in 150 complaints being made to regulator Ofcom.A spokesperson said: ‘We will assess these complaints before deciding whether or not to investigate.’
Radio return! Russell Brand, 41, has confirmed he will be hosting a new two-hour Sunday morning show on Radio X as of the beginning of April b-error
Sachsgate: It will be the first time the comedian has returned to live radio following the scandal over his prank calls to Andrew Sachs in 2008
‘Sorry for any offence in advance’: Russell warned viewers about the content of his new radio show while confirming his addition to Radio X
Causing controversy: The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star and Jonathan Ross were suspended by the BBC for the lewd voicemails they had left on Sachs phone while on air
Left red-faced: Russell suffered an awkward mishap while presenting Comic Relief’s 2017 broadcast and was heard swearing live on air
‘We will assess these complaints’: Ofcom revealed they have received 150 complaints over the bad language that was heard throughout the broadcast and will be assessing them