Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross speak of Sachsgate

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Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross have told of their regret and embarrassment about sparking the Sachsgate scandal which engulfed the BBC as they discussed the incident together on TV for the first time.

Brand said he was wrapped up in the comedy value of their stunt, and lost perspective of “reality” when they left messages during a prank call which caused outrage. The pair reflected on their behaviour and said it brought them closer as friends as Brand appeared on an edition of The Jonathan Ross Show to be screened on ITV tomorrow.

They caused a furore in 2008 when they left smutty 
messages on veteran actor Andrews Sachs’s answerphone during a pre-recorded Radio 2 show.

Both Brand and Ross left the BBC as a result of the fallout.