Can Russell Brand speak for an addict?
A spokesperson for the BBC said in a statement, “We are working with Russell on a program about addiction in the UK but it’s currently only in its early stages.”
Apparently the BBC views Brand as being a perfect fit for the job, as he has a long history of drug and alcohol addiction which he fortunately has put behind him. Brand has been sober now for almost a decade.
This will be the first time Brand has worked with the British broadcaster since he was asked to leave in 2008 after making prank phone calls with Jonathan Ross to actor Andrew Sachs on a his Radio 2 show. The two stirred up controversy for leaving explicit phone messages on Sachs’ answering machine about Sachs’ granddaughter.
I would definitely watch an addiction doc with Brand hosting it. I know he has the ability to turn off the ‘funny’ when he needs to, so seeing a serious side of him would be refreshing…assuming ‘serious’ is the tone they would be seeking. Usually with addiction as the topic, you would be.