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eeyoreguy
29-10-2008, 01:22 PM
Does anyone else think this is just silly? it's humour and theyre paid to push the boundaries arent they?

BBC Director General Mark Thompson, said: "This is not a marginal case. It's clear from the views expressed by the public that this broadcast has caused severe offence and I share that view.

"This gross lapse of taste by the performers and the production team has angered licence payers."

I would like to add my own personal and unreserved apology to Andrew Sachs, his family and to licence fee payers for the completely unacceptable broadcast on BBC Radio 2.

The full statement by Mark Thompson, BBC Director-General

The granddaughter of Sachs has called for the pair to be sacked.

Wendy
29-10-2008, 01:25 PM
I think it's gone a bit over the top personally, they are both controversial and people know this.

I know it wasn't a nice thing to do, but it was pre-recorded so don't tell me that the program controller didn't know about it :sigh;

I'm also pretty sure the grand daughter is going to get some good modelling jobs out of it, after all it's put her straight in the spotlight :shrug:

MystikPiglit
29-10-2008, 01:30 PM
I think it's gone a bit over the top personally, they are both controversial and people know this.

I agree. Apparently there were only 2 complaints from actual show listeners, the rest have come in following the publicity.
This Country has much more important issues to be making a fuss about.....

Wendy
29-10-2008, 01:36 PM
I agree. Apparently there were only 2 complaints from actual show listeners, the rest have come in following the publicity.
This Country has much more important issues to be making a fuss about.....


It's so silly, I read that as well MP :sigh;

I totally agree with you, the important things get brushed under the carpet over things that have been sensationalized :rolleyes008:

keith
29-10-2008, 01:37 PM
Me too :yes:

Ross and Brand have got rich pushing the lines and they've been paid to do just that! If they go over what's acceptable, then someone at the bbc should have stood up and pulled the segment!

For it to be mentioned by the prime minister and various politicians is crazy. I'd have hoped they'd have more important things to worry about :rolleyes008:

Claire
29-10-2008, 01:45 PM
I make no secret of the fact that I am a big fan of both Ross and Brand. What has annoyed me here is this is almost trial by press. Ok, they did overstep the mark but they have, as far as I'm aware, apologised to Mr Sachs. In the case of Jonathan Ross, I believe he has apologised in person.
The person who should stand up is the person who allowed the segment to be broadcast.

My DD even sent a strongly worded letter to the BBC!

Edited to say - I'm probably a bit peeved because my weekend isn't going to be the same as it usually is! Jonathan every Friday night, Jonathan on the radio Saturday morning and Russell on Saturday night. Add the fact that Buzzcocks will now not be on tomorrow night (Russell was team captain). :(

keith
29-10-2008, 02:37 PM
Edited to say - I'm probably a bit peeved because my weekend isn't going to be the same as it usually is! Jonathan every Friday night, Jonathan on the radio Saturday morning and Russell on Saturday night. Add the fact that Buzzcocks will now not be on tomorrow night (Russell was team captain). :(

Seems a bit daft doesnt it? :/ Im sure they'll still get paid the same so it feels like all that's happened so far is the viewers/listeners have lost out

Wendy
29-10-2008, 02:39 PM
Seems a bit daft doesnt it? :/ Im sure they'll still get paid the same so it feels like all that's happened so far is the viewers/listeners have lost out


................ and the BBC are probably trying to make out they are acting responsibly to justify the licence fee :lol:

Dawn
29-10-2008, 02:43 PM
However...

How would you like it if someone phoned you and described how they had been intimate with your grandchild. Yep they may push the boundaries but they are paid enough to know what is too far...

Dizneyblonde
29-10-2008, 02:54 PM
I totally agree Dawn but from what i have gathered Mr Sachs was phoned and asked about the messages and asked that none of them be used in the broadcast at all.

So who was ultimately responsible for letting it go to air?

Friday night won't be the same in my house either:(
I love Wossy.

Dawn
29-10-2008, 02:55 PM
I never "got" Russell Brand anyway. What exactly is he famous for?

josh.p.
29-10-2008, 02:56 PM
I think it's gone a bit out of order. Okay, yeh, they where definatley in the wrong for doing it, but it was pre-recorded. Everyone knows that Brand and Ross are excentric, and if it was thought to be so shocking, why was it on air?
It's ridiculous that it has got such coverage, especially as there was only 2 complaints after the actual show.
They have both apologised and I think it should just be forgotten, now, Georgina Baillie is milking it for publicity in my eyes.

However...
How would you like it if someone phoned you and described how they had been intimate with your grandchild. Yep they may push the boundaries but they are paid enough to know what is too far...
It would be very upsetting, but Georgina Baillie is actually a part of a burlesque group named "The satanic s---ts (Sorry to use that word, I've blacked it out, but that's is their name) being in that line of work is obviously going to attract such attention. However, I do agree it's not fair that her grandfather was roped into it.

Claire
29-10-2008, 02:58 PM
I see Max Clifford is back in work again! :yes:

Disneybumble
29-10-2008, 03:14 PM
Blinking stupid. I love ross and Mr Brand very much. We expect them to do things in bad taste as does the BBC. Heck i think they encourage it. It was wrong to involve her grandfather no matter who he is. But for the PM to become involved ,just stupid.

Britchick
29-10-2008, 04:05 PM
i like them both and will be disapointed not to see them on the tv. I think they did go too far this time and it was extremely bad taste, but this was approved by editors. I think it is important that the bbc upholds it's image of responsible tv/radio so someone will go methinks. I hope it's not Jonathan.

Dawn
29-10-2008, 04:09 PM
But what is Russell Brand famous for?

keith
29-10-2008, 04:13 PM
But what is Russell Brand famous for?

Well his whole style I think!

I mean like or loathe him, I think we have to admit he has his own very definite style ;)

Dawn
29-10-2008, 04:15 PM
Well I think he needs a bath and a decent haircut personally.

Britchick
29-10-2008, 04:16 PM
Well I think he needs a bath and a decent haircut personally.

i like him, in a Captain Jack kind of way:p015:

Claire
29-10-2008, 04:17 PM
But what is Russell Brand famous for?

Being a comedian?

The following video shows who really matters in all this. It's this mans opinion that really matters. Not the Daily Mail or the Sun or any of us for that matter. The target audience for both these presenters are unlikely to be included in the 18,000 or so people that have complained. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7697988.stm

Britchick
29-10-2008, 04:58 PM
he looks thoroughly cheesed off with the lot of them.

Well all that will happen is that the BBC will lose 2 very popular artists and wherever they go next they will attract more viewers than they had before - everybody loves a public hanging

Claire
29-10-2008, 05:57 PM
Oh well, Russell has resigned from his Radio 2 show. I'll have to find something else to do on a Saturday night now. :(

Ursula
29-10-2008, 05:59 PM
I'm more concerned if this drumstick lolly I'm eating will stick to my crown and pull it out....

Dawn
29-10-2008, 05:59 PM
I recommend X Factor. :lol:

Ursula
29-10-2008, 06:00 PM
I've eaten all the refresher ones... I like those the best.

daveann
29-10-2008, 06:04 PM
I've eaten all the refresher ones... I like those the best.
oh i love those :) i just had some foamy marshmallows yummy

Claire
29-10-2008, 07:31 PM
Russell Brand's statement (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7698527.stm). :(

kazzaqld
29-10-2008, 07:35 PM
Obviously I don't have the full story here but from what I saw this morning it's all a bit silly!

Trial by Daily Mail indeed!

Britchick
29-10-2008, 07:35 PM
:hug2:another channel will snap him up Claire

Dizneyblonde
29-10-2008, 07:37 PM
Could we not club together and buy him for Claire?

Britchick
29-10-2008, 07:37 PM
Trial by Daily Mail indeed!

don't even get me started on that one ;) :lol:

Wendy
29-10-2008, 08:29 PM
Don't worry Claire, he's got a new show coming on Channel 4 soon. but he's off to the US first for a tour :lol: I wonder how he will go down :unsure:

Claire
29-10-2008, 10:11 PM
:hug2:another channel will snap him up Claire

I do hope so.


Could we not club together and buy him for Claire?

I'd go to pieces. I wouldn't know where to start with him!


Don't worry Claire, he's got a new show coming on Channel 4 soon. but he's off to the US first for a tour :lol: I wonder how he will go down :unsure:
And Ponderland starts tomorrow night!

mgmrach
30-10-2008, 11:42 AM
I cant believe Russell Brand has had to give up. shame on everyone who forced him into that position :(

Debbie2
30-10-2008, 09:02 PM
Ross has now been suspended for 12 weeks without pay - that's about 1.5m out of pocket for him

eeyoreguy
01-11-2008, 11:47 AM
Ross pulls out of Comedy Awards
Jonathan Ross has stepped down from presenting the 2008 British Comedy Awards, ITV1 has announced.

The broadcaster said it backed the presenter's decision in the wake of the Radio 2 row concerning prank calls made to Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs.

Ross, 47, has been suspended from all BBC programmes for 12 weeks without pay as a result of the calls, which were made on Russell Brand's Radio 2 show.

The British Comedy Awards are set to be broadcast live on ITV1 on 6 December.

The ceremony is expected to go ahead, though no decision has been made over who will replace him.

The awards are in their 18th year and this would have been Ross's 17th year as host.

'Full support'

It had been reported that Ross would receive at least 100,000 for presenting the ceremony.


A spokesman for the entertainer said the British Comedy Awards was "a show he very much enjoys being part of."

However, he added, Ross did "not want his participation in this year's event to take away from the awards themselves or the many talented winners".

Peter Fincham, ITV's director of television, said his decision had been made "with the full support of ITV and the show's producers".

Last year's ceremony was not shown on TV following a phone-in voting irregularity which was uncovered on the 2005 show.

Viewers had been invited to vote in a section of the show which was broadcast with a half-hour time delay, despite the fact the winner had already been announced at the event.

Ross provoked fury among the BBC's senior management by joking during last year's show that his 6 million annual salary was "worth 1,000 BBC journalists".

'Good broadcaster'

Meanwhile, at Ross's home on Friday morning, preparations were taking place for the star's annual Halloween party.

Asked whether Ross would be at the party, his wife, author Jane Goldman, said: "It's my children's Halloween party."

Comedian Jimmy Carr, who was seen entering the Hampstead home, expressed his support for Ross, saying the issue had been been blown out of proportion and that Ross was a "national treasure".


It will be interesting to see how he manages given the damage to this radio station
Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine

Speaking on Radio 4's The World At One, film producer and Channel 4 deputy chairman Lord Puttnam also gave his support for the presenter saying: "I like Jonathan Ross, he's a good broadcaster and a nice man.

"The biggest problem is the sheer breadth of what he's being asked to do - he's being urged to pretend he's 25."

Fellow Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine said he thought Ross would find returning from his BBC suspension difficult.

"It will be interesting to see how he manages given the damage to this radio station," he told BBC News.

"I'm going to be interested to see that - I'm not quite sure how it's going to work."

Russell Brand flew out the UK on Friday to fulfil work commitments in the US.

Wendy
01-11-2008, 12:06 PM
I agree with Jimmy Carr 100% :yes:

This whole episode has really annoyed me, I don't normally let things like this worry me but with everything else that is going on in the world at the moment, to still be the "main headlines" on the news is disgusting!

I hope Jonathan Ross resigns from the BBC, I'm sure he will soon get snapped up by another channel and radio station.

Claire
01-11-2008, 06:43 PM
Sadly Jonathan has to fulfill a three year contract Wendy otherwise I'm sure he would consider it.

Britchick
01-11-2008, 07:30 PM
i wish they'd suspend Jeremy Vine! he's no better than Jeremy Kyle imo

Claire
01-11-2008, 07:55 PM
i wish they'd suspend Jeremy Vine! he's no better than Jeremy Kyle imo
Don't get me started on Jeremy Vine! :mad: