Russell Brand news RECAP: BBC director general Tim Davie announced review into star's time at corporation, shows were removed from iPlayer and Channel 4 on-demand, and comedian Lucy Beaumont warned of '10 to 15' male predators on UK comedy scene
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Clips unearthed by MailOnline have revealed the awkward on air interactions between Katherine Ryan and Russell Brand - as it emerged she repeatedly accused him of being a 'sexual predator' before he was axed from the programme.
Clips show the looks, and conversations, between the two comedians as they judged Comedy Central's Roast Battle in 2018, with Ryan at times seeming to avoid Brand's glare or appear unwilling to applaud him.
Brand, 48, is currently facing allegations of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse, after a bombshell four-year investigation saw four women come forward, claiming they were harmed during the peak of his fame between 2006 and 2013.
In the wake of the scandal, it has now emerged that Ryan, 40, would fire shots at Brand about his alleged sexual misconduct while recording but these jabs were cut out of the final production, sources working on the production have said.
Russell Brand's media empire has taken a hit after YouTube removed monetisation on his lucrative £1million-a-year channel - but the star still has plenty of options to make money, MailOnline can reveal.
YouTube has stopped Brand from earning cash from his account after reportedly 'violating' the Google-owned video-sharing firm's creator responsibility policy. The 48-year-old comic had produced around five videos a week for his 6.6million subscribers, earning him an estimated £1million a year.
But while Brand would be 'reeling' from the financial hit, the comedian has been described as 'financially uncancellable' by PR and reputation guru Andy Barr.
For now that Brand has paused producing content on his Rumble podcast account - which has more than a 1.4million followers - his most popular videos have a potential of earning up to £80,000 each over the course of its lifetime, it is understood.
Ads are now turned off on Russell Brand's Under The Skin podcast, Acast confirms
Acast turned off advertisements on Russell Brand's Under The Skin podcast immediately following news of the recent allegations made against the comedian, the podcast company has confirmed.
It follows YouTube's announcement this morning that they would end Brand's ability to earn money from the platform.
A joint investigation between The Times, The Sunday Times and Channel 4 Dispatches aired on Saturday in which Brand was accused of sexual assault by four women.
Brand has strongly denied the allegations, which also include claims of controlling, abusive and predatory behaviour.
Russell Brand is yet to break his silence since shocking allegations of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse were made against him over the weekend.
But the maverick actor and comic has liked one bizarre tweet featuring a meme of Phillip Schofield who stepped down from ITV following his admission to an 'unwise but not illegal' relationship with a much younger colleague earlier this year.
Brand has refrained from posting to his 23million followers across his various social media accounts since denying 'very serious criminal allegations' during a time when he was 'very, very promiscuous' in a video message on Friday night.
But the 48-year-old, who is accused of raping a woman at his LA home, attacking two others and grooming a 16-year-old girl at the height of his fame, has set tongues wagging by liking a cryptic tweet featuring a 'Dispatches' hashtag.
BBC boss says industry must 'be very vigilant' after corporation removes Russell Brand content
BBC director-general Tim Davie has said the broadcasting industry needs to be 'very vigilant' following questions being raised about the wider TV industry amid allegations made about Russell Brand.
During a long-arranged session with BBC staff on Tuesday, Mr Davie said: 'You look back and this industry has definitely faced significant issues with regard to a deep power imbalance in certain places, between so-called talent, presenters, and others working on shows, there's no doubt about that.'
He added that BBC's processes have changed, including on its code of conduct, values and the corporation has a non-negotiable anti-bullying and harassment policy, before also saying: 'There is no room for complacency. I do feel we're in a different place, I'm proud of our culture, but to say that doesn't mean there aren't dangers.
'We should all be looking after each other, we should be very vigilant, we should keep improving our processes.'
It came after the BBC removed content featuring Brand from BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds platforms.
Barrister says age of consent law has gone as far as it can
Barrister Gudrun Young KC does not think a staggered age of consent from 16 to 18 would work in the current legal system.
'We do have a staggered age of consent when there is a structural or institutional power relationship,' she told BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour.
'For example the law already caters for this if someone is in a care home or education institution, and if they are aged between 16 and 18 and someone has a sexual relationship with them although they are technically over the age of consent that is already criminalised.'
It comes after a woman - referred to as Alice to protect her identity - claimed that Russell Brand was in an 'emotionally abusive' relationship with her when she was 16 and he was 30.
'In my view the law has gone as far as it should in criminalising relationships with adults and people over the age of 16,' said the barrister.
'The real question is, if we were to expand it further where does it stop?'
How does YouTube monetisation work?
Advertisers pay YouTube to show their adverts before, during or after videos that are posted on the platform. Most YouTube content creators will not get a say in what ads are served.
The advertising revenue is then split between the platform, owned by YouTube, and whoever made the video. Each receives around half.
Tech journalist Chris Stokel-Walker estimates Russell Brand could have been making between $70,000 to $1million a year before YouTube decided to stop sharing revenue with him.
Advertisers generally pay based on a measure known as cost per mille (CPMs), meaning the cost of a thousand advert views. Certain types of content that are seen as less 'ad safe', such as the Ukraine war, generally attract lower CPMs than others.
Katherine Ryan has revealed the advice she gave her teenage daughter about dealing with sexual harassment.
The comedian, 40, has been praised in recent days after it emerged she confronted Russell Brand on-camera in 2018 about allegations he sexually assaulted women - which he fervently denied.
Brand, 48, has been subject to claims from a number of women accusing him of abusive and predatory behaviour, including rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse, between 2006 and 2013.
While her comments were not aired at the time, she has been vocal about the 'open secret' that a male comic was a predator, telling Louis Theroux last year that she had confronted the man, but he had 'very good lawyers'.
In an exclusive interview with MailOnline last week, conducted before the allegations against Brand were revealed, Ryan revealed how she had prepared her daughter to deal with any incidents of harassment.
Clips show the awkward on-air interactions between the two comedians as they judged Comedy Central's Roast Battle in 2018, with Ryan at times seeming to avoid Brand's glare or appear unwilling to applaud him.
Brand, 48, is currently facing allegations of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse, after a bombshell four-year investigation saw four women come forward, claiming they were harmed during the peak of his fame between 2006 and 2013.
The Metropolitan Police has since announced it is investigating a further alleged assault that took place in Soho in 2003. Brand has vehemently denied all allegations, adding that any relationship he had in his 'time of promiscuity' were 'consensual'.
In the wake of the scandal, it has now emerged that Ryan, 40, would fire shots at Brand, 48, about his alleged sexual misconduct while recording but these jabs were cut out of the final production, sources working on the production have said.
Tim Davie says some old Russell Brand content was 'completely unacceptable'
BBC director general Tim Davie has said some old Rusell Brand content was 'completely unnaceptable'.
Davie earlier announced a review of Russell Brand's time at the BBC following the recent allegations of rape and sexual assault against the comic.
Davie has now been asked if the BBC had a culture of 'letting people get away with bad behaviour'.
'I do think we're in a different place, over 15 years,' he said.
'When I listened back, frankly, to some of those broadcasts I go, that is completely unacceptable.
'What led to that being on air? Now there are, you know, different times and all of that, but I just look at that stuff and I say there is no way I will listen to that, there's no way I accept it.'
He added: 'We have to be clear about that together, that we will not accept that.'
YouTube stops Russell Brand making money on its platform
YouTube has stopped Russsell Brand making money on its platform because of the rape and sexual assault allegations made against him.
The Google-owned company said it has suspended the monetisation of the 48-year-old's channel because he was 'violating' its 'creator responsibility policy'.
The BBC has also announced it was removing some content from its iPlayer and Sounds apps which 'now falls below public expectations'.
An episode of QI and a Joe Wicks podcast, both featuring Brand as a guest, have been removed.
It comes as the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee chairwoman Dame Caroline Dinenage has written to the BBC, Channel 4 and TikTok to request for further details on what actions they are taking in response to the allegations and to GB News in relation to their coverage of the claims.
Brand's YouTube account, which has 6.6 million subscribers, has been suspended from YouTube's Partner account 'following serious allegations against the creator', meaning the channel is no longer able to make money from advertising on the platform.
In a statement, YouTube said the decision applied to all channels that may be 'owned or operated' by Brand, adding: 'If a creator's off-platform behaviour harms our users, employees or ecosystem, we take action to protect the community.'
The former host of the Channel Seven program interviewed the British comedian during his tour of the country that year during what was described as an 'infamous and intimate encounter'.
'Obviously he was always rather outrageous in his persona,'the 47-year-old Armytage told The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday.
'But I do recall him being very touchy-feely and thinking it was pretty full-on given I didn't know him.'
Russell Brand shows are removed from Channel 4 streaming service
Channel 4 has confirmed it removed shows featuring Russell Brand from its on-demand streaming service at the weekend.
A spokesperson said: 'We have taken down content featuring Russell Brand from our streaming service while we look into this matter. This includes the Celebrity Bake Off episode.'
BBC director general announces review of Russell Brand's time at corporation
Tim Davie has just announced a review of Russell Brand's time at the corporation.
The BBC director general has appointed Peter Johnston, the director of editorial complaints, to lead the review.
They are hoping to release an interim update within weeks, according to the BBC.
The review will look into Brand's alleged use of a BBC car. One woman - known as Alice to protect her identity - claimed Brand sent a BBC car to pick her up from school and then drive to Brand's house when she was 16, and he was 30.
The comic worked for BBC radio between 2006 and 2008. He has also appeared as a guest on other shows.
Russell Brand today quit two of his businesses amidst growing allegations about his behaviour with women.
The under scrutiny YouTuber, 48, has been accused of rape and sexual abuse by four women, claims he denies.
This morning he suddenly left two of his business interests One Arm Bandit and Mayfair Film Partnership Limited.
It came as YouTube suspended monetisation of his account and videos he put up on the platform.
Brand's abandoned companies appear to be connected to broadcasting and performing.
The first describes itself as a business to 'Support activities to performing arts' while the second is in 'film processing'.
One Arm Bandit had previously counted one of Brand's associates Matt Morgan among its officers as well as his former manager.
Russell Brand's media empire is now jeopardy after YouTube removed monetisation on his lucrative £1million-a-year channel - as producers suspended his new comedy show and book publishers cut ties with him amid the fallout of his alleged sex scandal.
YouTube has stopped Brand from earning cash from his account after reportedly 'violating' the Google-owned video-sharing firm's creator responsibility policy.
The 48-year-old comic produces around five videos a week for his 6.6million subscribers, earning him an estimated £1million a year.
But under the terms of his suspension he will still be allowed to post videos on the platform, but will not receive any of the advertising revenue - in what is expected to come as a significant blow to Brand's bank balance.
However, while more traditional ways of earning revenue appear to be closing for him, other avenues of making a living remain open to the under-fire comic as long as his fans are willing to view his content.
Revealing the distressing incident that took place in 2005, the woman - who remains anonymous - alleged that Brand followed five paces behind her for what 'felt like a lifetime' and shouted to her: 'Let's just f*** right here.'
The woman, who was in her 20s at the time, said she met Brand at a bar in Primrose Hill in London. She told of how despite telling him not to leave with her, Brand followed her into the street and became 'creepy'.
'It felt like he was hunting me down. It wasn't flirty or fun. The word "predator" is absolutely spot-on.
'He was dead set on his goal. His intention was to have sex with someone, anyone,' she told The Sun.
BBC removes some Russell Brand content
The BBC has announced it has removed some programmes featuring Russell Brand which are deemed to 'fall below public expectations' from its iPlayer and Sounds sites.
A spokesperson for the BBC press office said: 'The BBC does not ban or remove content when it is a matter of public record, unless we have justification for doing so.
'There is limited content featuring Russell Brand on iPlayer and Sounds.
'We’ve reviewed that content and made a considered decision to remove some of it, having assessed that it now falls below public expectations.'
The BBC spokesperson did not reveal which shows have been removed from the iPlayer and Sounds sites.
It is believed that an episode of QI and a Joe Wicks podcast - both which included Russell Brand as a guest - have been removed.
Brand is likely making '£2000-£4000' per video, social media expert claims
YouTube is vital to Russell Brand's earning ability, enabling him to make money from the advertising revenue YouTube makes each time someone watches one of his videos.
One social media expert told The Guardian that they estimate the comic is 'likely making £2,000 to £4,000 per video', not including any affiliate deals or brand sponsorships that may also be maing him money in the background.
Sponsorship is an area Brand is prominent in, with many of his videos including a product mention and link to it that people can follow.
Comedian and Celebrity Gogglebox star Lucy Beaumont said she could name '10 to 15' offenders in the industry
Comedian Lucy Beaumont says her career was held back by predatory men on the circuit as she confirmed she had been targeted herself.
She said she had suffered 'quite a few incidences' early on as she set out in the industry.
And confirming the 'blacklist' of alleged offenders, she said there were up to 15 men carrying out the appalling behaviour.
Lucy, 40, who is married to fellow comic Jon Richardson, said when being asked if anything had held her back: 'Predatory male behaviour. I've had quite a few incidences where if you're in any other workforce you would go to HR, but there isn't one. I think it's just everywhere and it's not talked about enough.
'It upsets me when I hear about young female comics having the same experiences. I thought for a while it was the same five or six people - and now it's not - I could name you 10 or 15 because of course people talk.'
The writer and performer spoke in July about the issue on The Comedian's Comedian Podcast, which today attracted greater interest after the Russell Brand allegations. There is no suggestion of any link between her and Brand, who has denied any wrongdoing.
Russell Brand is facing a litany of allegations including rape and sexual assault against up to nine different women who have accused him of abusive and predatory behaviour.
The allegations, which date back to the early 2000s, pertain to incidents said to have taken place in both the UK and USA, with more women coming forward since publication with further claims against the controversial figure.
Brand has fiercely denied all the allegations against him, releasing a lengthy video on Friday to his 11 million Twitter followers in which he claims he has been 'promiscuous' but that all of his relationships have been 'consensual'.
The BBC, Channel 4 and Banijay UK, which bought Endemol, the company commissioned by Channel 4 to produce the Big Brother spin-off shows Brand hosted, have all launched investigations into his behaviour while he was working on their programmes.
Meanwhile, the Times says it has received fresh claims from multiple women, and the Metropolitan Police has launched an investigation into a report of an alleged sexual assault in Soho, London, in 2003.
BBC drops Russell Brand from iPlayer
The BBC has pulled comic Russell Brand's programmes from iPlayer.
An 2018 episode of QI, featuring Brand as a panellist and a Joe Wicks podcast where he made a guest appearance from 2021, were available on the platform until Monday evening but have since been removed.
The move will put pressure on Netflix to pull his 2018 stand-up special Re:Birth, which is still available on its platform, according to new reports.
The BBC is facing growing pressure to speak out about complaints made when Brand was one of its star presenters.
The GB News star and Daily Mail columnist said that he has been 'overwhelmed' with messages of support after he challenged his co-host for calling the comedian a 'hero' in the wake of rape, sexual assault and abuse allegations.
On Saturday, The Times, The Sunday Times and Channel 4's Dispatches reported allegations that Brand had raped a woman in his LA home, attacked two others and groomed a 16-year-old girl between 2006 and 2013 at the height of his fame.
The Met Police said on Monday it had received a report of sexual assault against Brand which allegedly took place in London's Soho district in 2003. The maverick actor and comic has now had his YouTube account suspended from making money.
Hours after Pierce branded Turner 'shameful' for defending Brand in a heated row live on air, the presenters continued their public spat. Others have also appeared to weigh in, including James Cracknell's wife who took a thinly veiled swipe at the athlete's GB News host-ex partner Turner.
Russell Brand's former lover Georgina Baillie today declared that she does not believe he is rapist - but insisted his accusers must not all be written off as liars.
The granddaughter of Andrew Sachs, 38, who found herself at the centre of a media storm when Brand prank called the former Fawlty Towers star to brag about having sex with her, says she is taking some of the allegations he now faces 'with a pinch of salt'.
Ms Baillie spoke out shortly after it was revealed the comedian turned wellness guru faces a police probe over claims he sexually assaulted a woman in London. He is also accused of raping a woman in LA, attacking two others and grooming a 16-year-old girl at the height of his fame.
She said last night: ‘From my own personal experience I do not see Russell as a rapist, however, the evidence is compelling so one has to keep an open mind. I’m not saying they are lies, it was a long time ago and they [the women] should be believed and get some help'.
Russell Brand joked with Kelly Brook about sending him pictures of herself as a child when he interviewed her on MTV.
The comedian, 48, was speaking to the 43-year-old model, then 27, about her movie Survival Island in 2006, during which time he joked about her 'sexual charisma' and that she should be dating him rather than her then-boyfriend Billy Zane.
The video have resurfaced following allegations of abusive and predatory behaviour including rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse said to have been committed by the presenter between 2006 and 2013. Allegations which he denies.
In the resurfaced clip, Brand began the interview by asking to shake Brook's hand as she goes in for a kiss on the cheek, noting: 'That's what we do in Europe isn't it?'
Brand quips in response: 'I don't, I feel too self conscious and insecure about it. It crossed my mind, obviously she's dead good looking and that, I'm going to deliberately shake her hand at arm's length, so she doesn't at any point think "I could destroy him with my sexual charisma", what I'm going to do is act like I'm not bothered, I might even act a bit gay!'
Dame Vera Baird says rape victims need time to process trauma
Dame Vera Baird ha said it is wrong to blame or doubt women for taking a long time before coming forward with rape allegations.
Dame Baird, the barrister and former Victims' Commissioner for England and Wales, shows that it is this type of criticism that shows how little we understand rape, according to the BBC.
'The impact of being raped is very undermining,' she told BBC’s Radio 5 Live.
Victims who are humiliated need time to process the 'trauma, uncertainty and fear' that comes along with it, she added.
Even before recent allegations rose up against Russell Brand, his relationship with his in-laws was rocky.
Golf legend Bernard Gallacher, 87, 'begged' his daughter Laura to leave him when they first started dating - when she was a teenager and 13 years his junior.
And while her older sister Kirsty, 47, very publicly backed her brother-in-law when she re-posted the video along with a giant red love heart emoji - she removed it shortly after the full extent of the allegations were revealed.
Brand's wife Laura is yet to break her silence on the allegations and has deleted her Instagram, although friends claim she will stand by him.
Ms Gallacher, 36, a 'mummy blogger' and author of parenting book, The Joy Journal For Magical Everyday Play, is said to be 'kind natured' and despite coming from a high profile family, happy to stay out of the limelight.
The pair embarked on the relationship four times before finally making it stick in 2015 but now - expecting their third child and six years into their marriage - friends claim she has finally tamed the hellraising womaniser.
One friend said: 'What Russell did was firmly in the past, way before he and Laura met.
'Of course it isn't easy but they are determined to get through this.'
Labour is under pressure for seeking the endorsement of Russell Brand ahead of the 2015 election.
The party's former leader Ed Miliband notably sat down with the controversial comedian to try and garner votes from the young.
Mr Miliband, now in Sir Keir Starmer's shadow cabinet, finally broke his silence over the allegations made against Brand, 48, yesterday.
But he failed to address why he decided to cosy up with the celebrity and self-confessed sex addict. Meanwhile, the Labour Party has remained silent over the episode.
A spokesman for Mr Miliband said: 'The allegations of rape and sexual assault made against Russell Brand are appalling. They must be fully investigated.
'Ed stands with all victims of sexual violence, and in solidarity with the women who have come forward.'
Russell Brand turned to online platforms to carve out a profitable career
Russell Brand has continued to carve out a profitable media career for himself despite no longer being a prominent figure in mainstream film, television or radio.
The star has turned to online platforms and embracing an anti-establishment narrative in order to gain new followers.
Brand's following sits at 6.6 million subscribers on YouTube, 11.2 million followers on Twitter, 1.4 million followers on right-wing video platform Rumble and 3.8 million followers on Instagram.
YouTube is central to Brand's earning ability, allowing him to earn money from the advertising revenue YouTube makes each time someone watches one of his videos and sees the adverts that appear within and alongside them.
One social media expert told The Guardian they estimate Brand is 'likely making £2,000 to £4,000 per video', not including any affiliate deals or brand sponsorships that may also be running in the background.
Sponsorship is also an area Brand is prominent in, with many of his videos featuring a product mention and link to it at the top of the video's written description, from which earnings for prominent YouTubers can be significant.
Brand has been posting videos daily to his Rumble and YouTube accounts - potentially earning thousands each month - and often taps into conspiracy theories and anti-establishment narratives which have become popular in some parts of the online world, but are also known for their ability to drive up view counts with their sensationalist and controversial content.
His videos regularly receive hundreds of thousands of views.
As a result, the demonetisation of Brand's YouTube account is likely to have a significant impact on his earning potential.
Met Police receive report of alleged sexual assault in 2003
The Met Police has received a report of an alleged sexual assault in 2003 amid media allegations about Russell Brand.
Officers did not name Brand, but said they were in contact with the woman and were giving her support, according to the BBC.
This week one of the women whose allegations against the star were part of the investigation by The Times, The Sunday Times and Channel 4 Dispatches told the BBC the comedian's behaviour had been an 'open secret'.
In a statement the Met said: 'On Sunday, 17 September, the Met received a report of a sexual assault which was alleged to have taken place in Soho in central London in 2003.'
The force first spoke to the Sunday Times on Saturday, it said, and has now made more approaches to the newspaper and Channel 4 to ensure anyone who believes they are a victim of a sexual offence 'no matter how long ago it was' knows how to report it to the police.
Brand's Bipolarisation tour is postponed
The remaining shows of Brand's Bipolarisation tour were postponed and the Metropolitan Police said they had received a report of an alleged sexual assault in the wake of media allegations about the comedian and actor.
Brand 'absolutely denies' the allegations and insists all his relationships have been consensual.
Brand's PR firm MBC PR and talent agent Tavistock Wood no longer advertise him as a client, and his publisher has suspended their relationship.
And Netflix has now been urged to remove his comedy special, Re:Birth, from its catalogue.
TV star Michael Barrymore has appeared to express support for Russell Brand who claimed his sexual assault allegations were part of a 'coordinated attack' to 'control' his voice.
He joins a group of public figures, including Elon Musk, Andrew Tate and Laurence Fox, who all seem to have backed the comedian after he took to social media to 'absolutely deny' the 'criminal allegations made against him'.
The accusations of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse were first made against the 48-year-old on Saturday while the Met Policeannounced yesterday it was investigating a report of sexual assault that allegedly took place in Soho in 2003.
Re-sharing a video, where Brand insisted all relationships he had were consensual before calling the allegations a 'coordinated media attack', Barrymore said: 'This is what they do...'
The 71-year-old's Tweet of seeming support had been published before the allegations were made public.
Russell Brand was today accused of deliberately building an online cult to make him uncancellable and insulate the millions in income from his 'wellness' and conspiracy theory videos.
The comedian, actor and wellness guru has added 5million YouTube subscribers and seen his content viewed more than 1billion times since the launch of the Me Too movement in 2017, MailOnline can reveal.
Experts believe that by making five short videos a week, he will have been making £1million-a-year from YouTube via advertising without taking into account merchandising and sponsorships.
Today the streaming giant cut off his income by stopping him from being able to earn any money through his channel for 'violating our Creator Responsibility policy' - but he can still make films for his legion of fans.
Clips of Katy Perry and Sean resurface in light of Russell Brand allegations
Clips of Katy Perry and Sean Lock have resurfaced in light of allegations against Russell Brand.
Footage shows the moment US singer Perry was dumped by Brand by text message in 2011, following their 14 month marriage, the Telegraph reported.
Lock shared the reason he hated Brand in a clip from panel show 8 Out Of 10 Cats in 2014.
The late comedian said he had a ‘fear’ his daughters would bring home a man like Brand one day.
It comes as presenter Vanessa Feltz has also shared 'deeply offensive' video footage of Brand, which shows him asking to sleep with her and her daughters when she went on his chat shppw in 2006.
The 48-year-old produces around five videos a week for his 6.6million subscribers, earning him an estimated £1million a year.