The always controversial, Russell Brand, hasn’t fronted a show for the BBC since 2008 after making a prank call alongside Jonathan Ross to actor Andrew Sachs which spiralled out of control. Almost four years later, Brand is now trying to rebuild bridges in hopes of presenting a new show on BBC3 about drug addiction.
The prank call which aired on BBC Radio 2’s The Russell Brand Show wound up receiving a number of compaints which would later see Brand resign from his post as radio host, and left Ross suspended without pay for three months.
Although the comedian went on to star in a number of Hollywood films such as Get Him To The Greek and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the new BBC show would be extremely close to his heart as he has suffered from drug addiction himself, as well as losing friend Amy Winehouse to drug addiction.
A representative for the BBC has said, “We are working with Russell on a programme about addiction in the UK but it’s currently only in its early stages.” Brand has also proposed to waive his fee for presenting the show to try to seal the deal and avoid any criticism.[Source: Guardian]