Vanessa Feltz considered Russell Brand ‘a friend’ before 2006 interview
Vanessa Feltz says she once considered Russell Brand a ‘friend’
Broadcaster Vanessa Feltz has admitted that she thought of Russell Brand as a friend and admired him at the time when he offended her by asking to “have it off” with her daughters on air in 2006.
On Monday, a clip resurfaced of Vanessa appearing on Russell’s chat show, 1 Leicester Square, in which he blatantly asked her: “Can I have it off with either you or your daughters?”
Speaking on This Morning on Wednesday, she admitted, “At that time I did call Russell a friend.
“And I had really admired his broadcasting style. I remember seeing him for the very first time when I was on the panel of the Eforum and Big Brother’s Big Mouth and thinking the energy, the drama, the use of language…”
“He was very different from anybody else, and we’d never seen anybody present like that and so I was thoroughly beguiled by it and him,” she confessed.
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“Because he is very, very clever, very charming, enormously entertaining and I went to see him do his stand-up that very night [after their first meeting] I was so intrigued by him,” she told host Holly Willoughby and Dermot O’Leary.
“So when I went into that show I went in as I thought a friend, an admirer you know that kind of thing.”
However, Vanessa soon changed her mind after the appearance as she went on to explain to the hosts she was “horrified” by Russell’s comment about her daughters. In the widely available clip he asked her: “Can I have it off with either you or your daughters?”
Without missing a beat, she emphatically replied at the time: “No, you may not! No…” Undeterred, Russell persisted: “Vanessa Feltz, come on, some of them are adults.”
“I’ve got two daughters and no, the answer is no,” she reiterated. “None of them?” he asks. “Neither,” she responded. “Will you stop it? No, you can’t.” He then calls her “selfish,” saying “You’ve got two whole daughters and I can’t even have one?”
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Allegations about Russell’s past behaviour surfaced over the weekend, as the comedian stands accused of rape, sexual assault, and emotional abuse following a joint investigation by The Sunday Times, The Times, and Channel 4’s Dispatches, allegations he strongly denies.
On Friday night Russell posted a video across all his social media channels in which he said he denies ‘serious allegations’ being made against him. In a video entitled ‘So, This Is Happening’ on his YouTube channel, the actor and TV personality spoke about “aggressive attacks” being made against him.
“This is not the usual type of video where we critique attack and undermine the news in all its corruption because in this story, I am the news,” he began.
He then claimed that he had received an “extremely disturbing” letter and email from a mainstream media TV company and a newspaper listing “a litany of extremely egregious and aggressive attacks”.
“Amidst this litany of astonishing, rather baroque, attacks are some very serious allegations that I absolutely refute,” he said.
On Monday Vanessa addressed the encounter on her TalkTV drivetime show saying: “I was in this unbelievably awkward position where you don’t quite know what to do. Are you meant to think it’s funny and play along?
“Are you meant to stand up and walk out in high dudgeon and look as if you are a spoilsport and a party pooper? What are you supposed to do?” she queried.
“I know, I was deeply offended then, as I remain deeply offended now at the idea of him saying, ‘I want to have sex with you and both your daughters’.
“I think one of my daughters was 15 years old at the time and the answer was as you saw me say there, was emphatically, ‘No!’”
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
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