Russell Brand now wants to concentrate on his film career

Russell Brand has claimed that Andrew Sachs knew about the rude messages left on his answer phone BEFORE they were broadcast.

The comedian caused a storm last month when he boasted about having sex with the actor’s granddaughter on his Radio 2 show.

He and guest Jonathan Ross were suspended for their 'utterly unacceptable' on-air taunting.

But Russell, 33 - who resigned over the controversy - insists it has been blown out of proportion.

‘The grey area is that our brilliant young producer called Andrew afterwards and said: “Is it OK? Can we use it? Do you mind?”’ Russell tells the Sunday Mirror.

‘And he said: “Yeah, but can you tone it down a bit?” So we did. We took out the more personal stuff.’

Jonathan, 47, is expected to return to work in the New Year.

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Alison Adey