Well this should be interesting!
Russell Brand is returning to the airwaves. The comedian will host a new Sunday morning show on the digital-only station Radio X, formerly known as Xfm, nine years after he quit BBC following ‘Sachsgate’ row.
“I’m going to be on Radio X – the show will be about joy, unity and togetherness,” Brand said in a statement. “Sorry for any offence in advance.”
His weekly programme will run between 11am and 1pm, starting this Sunday (April 2).
He has also revealed that Noel Gallagher will be joining him for the first episode of his new radio show.
“Noel Gallagher’s coming on the first show. I asked him nicely,” Brand said on Chris Moyles’ Radio X breakfast show during the week.
Brand had popped into the show to do promo for his comeback and he and Moyles were having the banter. He joked that his fellow presenter had persuaded him to return to radio, saying: “Last time you and I spoke mate on this radio show, you instructed me to start this radio show, I think you even allocated the time slot. That’s the kind of power you have on the airwaves and I have accepted it.”
No stranger to the airwaves, Brand previously hosted shows for Xfm – Radio X’s predecessor – as well as for BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Radio 2. His stint on the latter ended with the infamously when he and Jonathan Ross made a series of inappropriate phone calls to Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs.
Brand and Radio 2’s controller, Lesley Douglas, both resigned, with Ross later moving to ITV. Both men have since said they regret the incident.
Brand and pal Gallagher have shared the mic on radio together in the past on a number of occasions. Maybe he’s bringing in his old pal for a bit of support to calm the nerves on his first day back.
In 2009, they teamed up to host one-off football related show for Talksport.
Matt Deverson, Radio X’s managing editor, has said: “Radio X is home to big personalities and we’re incredibly excited to be welcoming Russell back for his live radio return. He’s a huge talent and his Sunday morning show is going to become a must-listen for fans of his irreverent humour. He’s part of the Radio X family and we can’t wait to have him back on air.”
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