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Russell Brand pens apology letter to Andrew Sachs, six years after infamous BBC prank

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Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand made a grand entrance at the party

Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand made a grand entrance at the party

Lindsay Lohan has a laugh with Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand (ITV)

Lindsay Lohan has a laugh with Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand (ITV)

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Russell Brand has apologised to veteran actor Andrew Sachs six years after the infamous radio prank that cost him his job at the BBC.

The comedian (39) and Jonathan Ross (53) received more than 40,000 complaints after making prank phone calls to the 84-year-old Fawlty Towers actor in 2008.

Six years on the funnyman has written a letter to Sachs apologising for boasting about sleeping with his granddaughter Georgina Baillie (29).

“I apologise for the distress, sadness and turbulence this has brought into your life,” the note which was published by the Daily Mail reads.

“I apologise for the damage I have caused to your family relationships and for robbing you of your peace of mind.

“This behaviour and the consequences you have suffered as a result of my actions are unacceptable. This is not the man I want to be and I wholeheartedly apologise to you both.

“I am sorry too that it has taken so long for me to write to you expressing this sentiment to which the two of you are entitled... please do not hesitate to contact me... My sincere apologies for the hurt I have caused you and your family," he added.

In the aftermath of the prank Brand had sent flowers to Sachs and his wife Melody (81), however it was reported that they considered his efforts “inadequate”.

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Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross

Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross

Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross

Following the prank, Brand famously quit his radio show while Jonathan Ross was suspended.

Several other people also lost their jobs as a result of the misguided prank.

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The comedian also wrote in his new book Revolution, "I have decided that I don't need to make any money any more."

Brand, who previously battled drug problems, said one of the ways he will use his earnings is to help people battling addiction.

He said: "The money that I get, I'm going to use for the establishment of community centres, which will sell good food and provide a place for people to hang out: initially, a service for people recovering from drug addiction, but also an incubator for social enterprises, where people will work, on a not-for-profit basis, in a wide variety of trades."


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