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Russell describes Sachsgate scandal as 'silly lark'

Published: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 15:59 [IST]

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London (ANI): In a comeback stand-up show, shamed comedian Russell Brand has described the Sachsgate scandal as 'only silly larking around'.

"The news became like my own show," the Mirror quoted Brand, as saying. "Everytime I left my house it could be seen by millions of people. I didn't realise it was so serious," he added. The former BBC host had to resign from his job owing to a scandal that had risen from his vulgar behaviour towards Andrew Sachs, best known for his portrayal of 'Manuel" in the TV comedy 'Fawlty Towers'.

The 78-year-old Sachs, who had been due to be a phone-in guest on a late-night radio show, on being unavailable had received four messages on his home phone from Brand and DJ Jonathan Ross claiming the former had slept with his granddaughter, Georgina Baillie.

[an error occurred while processing this directive]The October incident, in which Brand spoke of his prior sexual relationship with the goth-styled model while Ross passed lewd comments, had led to a record number of complaints and criticism resulting in the suspension of both presenters from their positions at the BBC Radio 2.

Topics: russell brand, jonathan ross, andrew sachs, georgina baillie, fawlty towers
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