Russell Brand and Katy Perry Divorce: What Hollywood Is Saying

Russell Simmons, Giuliana Rancic and other stars weigh in on the demise of the couple's 14-month marriage.
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After spending the holidays apart, and going ringless to boot, Russell Brand has filed for divorce from Katy Perry, his bombshell-pop star wife of 14 months.

"Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage. I'll always adore her and I know we'll remain friends," the 36-year-old British actor and comedian said in a statement Friday.

Hollywood and music-industry insiders, meanwhile, are taking to Twitter to express their condolences for -- and crack jokes at the expense of -- the short-lived and once-happy power couple:

Blasting the news to her millions of followers, E! News co-host Giuliana Rancic wrote: "Russell Brand just filed for divorce from Katy Perry. Ugh."

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Multi-hyphenate hip hop mogul and self-help book author Russell Simmons also chimed in on the social-networking site, tweeting: "thinking about my two friends Russell Brand and Katy Perry and hoping for happiness for both."

NBC's Carson Daly summed up his reaction in one word: "SHOCKER.... ." (It wasn't clear whether he was being serious or sarcastic.)

Other Twitter-happy industry people were much more cutting.

Actor Joshua Malina, formerly of The West Wing, tweeted: "If Russell Brand and Katy Perry can't make it work ... nope, can't think how that applies to anything else."

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