Suspended Brand leaves pubcaster

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After a turbulent day in which he was suspended from his weekly radio show by the BBC's director general, comedian Russell Brand has severed his links with the pubcaster and resigned.

Offering "nothing but love and contrition," the host of last month's MTV Video Music Awards said he took "complete responsibility" for the obscene calls left on the phone of "Fawlty Towers" actor Andrew Sachs.

The announcement came late in a day dominated by the row over BBC Radio 2's decision to broadcast a series of obscene phone calls in which Brand and chat show host Jonathan Ross bragged about Brand's sexual relationship with Sachs' granddaughter. (partialdiff)
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