Russell Brand Explains Awkward ‘Morning Joe’ Appearance

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Last month Russell Brand appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to promote his new stand-up tour, Messiah Complex. But things turned awkward when the anchors became flustered and Brand took over the interview. Now he’s explaining what happened.

In an op-ed he wrote in The Guardian, Brand describes his frustration with the set-up of the show and the “rudeness from the crew.”

“I was surprised by the soundman’s impatient intrusiveness and yet more surprised as I stood just off set, beside the faux-newsroom near the pseudo-researchers who appear on camera as pulsating set dressing, when the soundman yapped me to heel with the curt entitlement of Idi Amin’s PA,” he explains.

Brand also talked about his frustrations with his interviewers when they began to treat him as if he wasn’t there.

“One of the things that’s surprising when you go on telly a lot is that often the on-camera ‘talent’ (yuck!) are perfectly amiable when you chat to them normally, but when the red light goes on they immediately transform into shark-eyed Stepford berks talking in a cadence you encounter nowhere else but TV-land – a meter that implies simultaneously carefree whimsy and stifled hysteria,” he said.

Watch Brand’s appearance on Morning Joe below. 

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