It has been revealed that BBC Radio 2 Controller has resigned and Jonathan Ross has been suspended for 12 weeks without pay over the airing of an episode of The Russell Brand Show which contained offensive calls to veteran actor Andrew Sachs. In the pre-recorded segment, host Russell Brand ( who resigned on Tuesday) and guest Jonathan Ross left messages on absent guest Andrew Sachs answerphone in which Brand divulges he had slept with the stars grand-daughter. Only two calls of complaint were registered during the broadcast, but following a statement issued by Sachs granddaughter- aspiring ‘actress’ and dancer in the burlesque group ‘Satanic Sluts’ calling for the pair to be sacked that number began to rise. Monday saw politicians wading into the arguement and complaints about the airing of the show, and Brand and Ross’s then actions rose to an estimated 18,000.
I am totally astonished that it has taken THIS long to finally recognise that it should not be the comedians to carry the can over this incident, after all, these people are PAID to entertain their audiences. It is the responsibility of the production team to oversee the content and make decisions about the suitability of the show for the airways. It is the PRODUCTION team’s responsibility to phone others and get permission to use content relating to others, and it is the station controller to sign off on the programme. Sure, of course, I will not deny that they got carried away and stepped over the mark, Mr Sachs himself recognised “They are entertainers, I’m an entertainer- sometimes we get things wrong and they got it badly wrong.”
The BBC has spent a lot of money recruiting and KEEPING stars like Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand in order to stay ahead of what audiences expect in todays entertainment market. The fact that 17,999 Daily Mail readers got out their writing pens and complained about a programme probably without listening to it should NOT mean that we have to lose stars like Brand to the US, which, no doubt now we will. Bye Russell, cheers for sticking around here for the last year when you could probably have been in Hollywood.
So, a 12 week suspension for Jonathan Ross. What a lot shit- what will we all watch on the BBC on a Friday night now? Yes, we have to continue to pay our license fee but for 12 weeks we will be without the benefit of watching some of the biggest names in entertainment interviewed in a fun and lively way from the comfort of our sofa…. Thanks Aunty Beeb.Thanks for nothing!!