Lorraine Kelly recalls how Russell Brand called her a ‘slut’ during ‘uncomfortable’ 2007 appearance on The Graham Norton Show
Lorraine Kelly has recalled how Russell Brand called her ‘a slut’ during a TV chat show appearance.
Referring to their joint appearance on a 2007 episode of The Graham Norton Show, Lorraine admitted ‘that’s uncomfortable to watch that now.’
On her Wednesday morning ITV show Lorraine was joined by ITV UK news editor Paul Brand and The Mirror editor Alison Phillips to discuss the latest headlines surrounding Brand.
The British comedian was accused of rape and sexual assault in a Sunday Times and Channel 4 investigation published on Saturday.
He has vehemently denied the allegations – but the BBC, Channel 4 and production firm Banijay have launched investigations into his behaviour, while the Met Police says it is investigating a complaint received at the weekend.
Discussing how Brand is being slowly ‘cancelled’ ITV editor Paul said on Wednesday’s Lorraine that his ‘old jokes now look like confessions’.
Looking back: Lorraine Kelly has recalled how Russell Brand called her ‘a slut’ during a TV chat show appearance
Speaking out: Lorraine recalled her multiple TV appearances with Brand, explaining: ‘I have been doing this a long time and I would like to think there was a tiny bit of respect there’
Lorraine then recalled her multiple TV appearances with Brand, explaining: ‘I interviewed him a lot over that time when he was in the public eye.’
‘I usually got the charming Russell the flirty Russell but I have been doing this a long time and I would like to think there was a tiny bit of respect there, maybe. Although this happened.’
Lorraine then aired a clip of her and Brand together on The Graham Norton show in 2007.
Russell is seen touching Lorraine’s leg in the clip and exclaiming: ‘Oh my god, you’re wearing suspenders. I have been in other films but none of that matters now I know Lorraine Kelly is a s**t.’
In the studio, Lorraine recalled that ‘That’s uncomfortable to watch that now it absolutely is. Obviously for the record I was not wearing suspenders at all.’
‘He was laughing, I was laughing. It’s difficult looking back on it, and now I probably would have said something, but it’s an entertainment show, that was his shtick.”’
‘That’s what he was not just doing but actively encouraged to do. It’s not that long ago, not really.’
‘I do wonder if I would have put up with that now. I do wonder if we are in a different place now and if it even would have been aired.’
Brand faces further claims of controlling, abusive and predatory behaviour, following a joint investigation by The Sunday Times, The Times and Channel 4 Dispatches.
Uncomfortable: In the studio, Lorraine recalled that ‘That’s uncomfortable to watch that now… he was laughing, I was laughing. It’s difficult looking back on it’
Accusations: The British comedian was accused of rape and sexual assault in a Sunday Times and Channel 4 investigation published on Saturday
Channel 4 and the BBC have both launched internal investigations into separate accusations of predatory behaviour towards staff and audience members by Brand during the time of his employment.
The ex-staffers have claimed that Brand got them to ‘act like pimps’ by getting the numbers of women in the audience and passing notes to them from the presenter.
Brand vehemently denies all allegations and insists all relationships were consensual.
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