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Friday, October 31, 2008

BBC Report Into Brand/Ross Calls Released; Ross Suspended; Calls Will Cost Him Nearly $2.5 Million In Pay

CNN reports that Jonathan Ross, who with Russell Brand called "Fawlty Towers" star Andrew Sachs and left offensive messages on his answering machine, will be suspended for three months and will lose 1.5 million pounds (nearly two and a half million dollars) in pay. Mr. Ross is the BBC's highest paid star. The decision is the result of an internal investigation into the pair's on-air series of calls to Mr. Sachs last October 18. Mr. Ross will also not be hosting the British Comedy Awards in December. Public outrage over the calls has resulted in thousands of complaints to the BBC, the resignation of Mr. Brand from his position as a BBC radio host, an Ofcom investigation, questions in Parliament about the level of BBC funding, and most recently, the job of Lesley Douglas, the BBC Radio head who originally hired Russell Brand. Mr. Brand, however, is headed to L.A. to make a film with Helen Mirren. Apparently, he is only getting more attractive....

Meanwhile, comedian Frankie Boyle's comments about the Queen, originally made over a year ago on a show called "Mock the Week" and rebroadcast this week, have threatened to cause yet another ruckus. Read more here.

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