December 30, 2011 2:26pm PT by Erin Carlson
Russell Brand and Katy Perry Divorce: What Hollywood Is Saying
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."
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."
"I still feel like Katy Perry is what Hugh Hefner would do if he got his hands on Zooey Deschanel," she wrote, with trademark dry wit.