We don’t know about you, but the general consensus in the Grazia office, hive of oestrogen that it is, is that Russell Brand has fallen down a lot of notches on the fancyometer in the past year or so. It might have been when he moved to the States and seemed to get a bit too big for his boots, it might have been when he appeared to be a bit disrespectful about his new wife, Katy Perry on TV, but it was mainly because he shaved off his beard. After that time it just never felt quite the same. We even stopped calling him Rusty Rockets and went back to plain old Russell.
Yesterday though, after the shocking news of Cheryl’s departure from the USA and indeed the American version of X Factor, he came out with the following outburst on ITV:
‘Our Cheryl? That cannae be right! Our Cheryl, kicked off X Factor? What, the American one?’ Brand said on ITV's Daybreak.
‘And I've come to this country in good faith and they've kicked Cheryl off, our Cheryl? Oh no! She's Britain's sweetheart.’
He then suggested that Americans should simply ‘listen more’ if they want to understand her.
‘Is that what they don't understand - the accent?’ asked Brand.
‘Just listen more, just listen very intently. All them things she's saying - that's English.’
Now we like him, ooh - at least 20% more.