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Russell Brand prank: Too far (or is that the whole point)?

We’ve thus far avoided this story about Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross leaving lewd messages on an actor’s voice mail on Brand’s Oct. 18 BBC radio show, thinking it to be more of a “British thing.” But today, after the BBC indefinitely suspended both Brand and Ross and British PrimeMinister Gordon Brown admonished the duo in the wake of some 18,000listener complaints, we can hold out no longer. The message (which can be heard below)features Ross telling 78-year-old Andrew Sachs that Brand “f—-d” thegranddaughter of the actor,who is known for playing Spanish waiter Manuel on FawltyTowers.It’s not really all that funny; the Jerky Boys made far cleverer prank callssome 15 years ago. We’re not sure what it’ll mean for Brand’s career onBBC radio, but the British comedian’s attempt to breakoutStateside likely won’t be helped by this mean stunt that has him come off likea giggling tool. But please, see for yourself and let us know what youthink.

UPDATE: Brand resigned from his BBC radio show today. “As I only do the radio show to make people laugh I’ve decided thatgiven the subsequent coverage I will stop doing the show,” Brand said. “I got a bit caught up in the moment and forgot that at the core of therude comments and silly songs were the real feelings of a beloved andbrilliant comic actor and a very sweet and big hearted young woman.”

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Originally posted October 29 2008 — 3:23 PM EDT

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