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I am volatile, admits Russell in reporter row

Russell Brand has described himself as a "volatile person" after he lost his cool with a journalist in Downing Street.

The celebrity activist became agitated when Channel 4 News reporter Paraic O'Brien asked him how much he pays to rent his east London home during a protest over the cost of housing. Brand (39) pointed his finger in the journalist's face and called him "a snide".

O'Brien suggested that the housing problem was being exacerbated by the super-rich buying property.

Brand later discussed the interview on his YouTube news channel, likening it to a "quarrel at a jumble sale".

The comic and actor said: "I shouldn't be allowed on television. I'm so easily wound up.

"But then I'm a volatile person."

During the interview, Brand told the reporter: "I'm not interested in talking to you about my rent, mate. I'm here to support a very important campaign."

Cutting the interview short, he said: "Snides like you, mate, undermine (the campaign). You're a snide."