Unrepentant Russell Brand still mystified by furore over 'Sachsgate'

RUSSELL Brand has hit out at the furore which erupted over the Sachsgate scandal – comparing it with spilling a glass of water "and the wife comes down and shoots the dog".

The comic actor has taken Hollywood by storm since heading for the United States after he and Jonathan Ross made lewd calls to Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs for Brand's BBC Radio 2 show.

While Brand resigned from his job, Ross was suspended over the scandal for three months and is quitting the corporation when his contract ends.

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Brand, who is engaged to American singer Katy Perry, was asked in an interview with the Radio Times if he felt any differently, looking back on his phone prank.

He told the magazine: "I have the same perspective.

"Like when you're a kid and you think: 'These people, I don't trust them. They're all idiots,' and everyone says: 'No, no, you'll feel different when you're older.'

"And I thought, Well, I'll wait. Freeze-frame. Time-lapse.

"I am older now. And I feel exactly the same. So, either I haven't matured or I was an incredibly perspicacious child. The jury's still out."

Brand continued: "As often is the case with comedy, at a junction I always take the road less travelled, the road of this'll be funny, this'll be funny, this'll be funny.

"Sometimes there are casualties with morality, politeness. As I said at the time, it was impolite and I apologise for that.

"But as for all the subsequent reaction – it's like you knock over a glass of water at your neighbour's house and the wife comes down and shoots the dog."

Meanwhile, Brand said he and Perry are using their new kitten, named Krusty, as parenting practice.

"It's perfect training for having kids. Since being with Katy, I've got this masculine urge to protect," he said.