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Brand's resignation statement

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Russell Brand has resigned from his Radio 2 show over prank calls he made with Jonathan Ross to the actor Andrew Sachs.

The comic said he took complete responsibility and that due to the strong public reaction, he thought it was only right he stopped doing the show.

He said: "I got a bit caught up in the moment and forgot that at the core of the rude comments and silly songs were the real feelings of a beloved and brilliant comic actor".

Brand also lent his support to Jonathan Ross saying what he did was "silly but not malicious" and he now hoped "Jonathan and the BBC will endure less forensic wrath".

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