Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross have spoken about their regret over the Sachsgate scandal that caused a storm for the BBC during their first interview television together since the incident.
The pair discussed the scandal when Brand appeared on the pre-recorded Jonathan Ross Show this week which will be screened on ITV tomorrow night.
The Press Association reports that the actor and comedian said he was caught up in the comedy value of the 2008 stunt, which consisted of a prank phone calls to Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs when the pair left inappropriate messages to the veteran actor, and lost perspective of ‘reality’.
The incident was part of a pre-recorded programme for Radio 2 and led to the pair both leaving the BBC and the departure of the station controller.
Ross said on the show "Let's deal with this, because we're both keen to put this behind us. People, I think are perhaps curious as to how we felt about it afterwards.
"We did both regret the furore that we caused, and also the hurt it may have caused Mr Sachs and his family."
Brand said "Obviously we regretted it because it became difficult to distinguish the media phenomena from the obvious impolite act.
"I consider myself quite a polite person right, but sometimes you get excited when you're doing a joke. You know when David Attenborough, he was saying when the camera men are filming an animal and they sort of think 'this is brilliant' and they forget it's actual reality - I sometimes think like that with comedy.
"I'm doing the joke, and I think 'this is brilliant, this is brilliant' and then you sort of realise, 'oh that's reality with real consequences.' I went 'oh it's only a joke' - I didn't realise that we were part of the frequency of reality."
The show can be seen on ITV tomorrow night at 9.45pm.