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Russell Brand on Savile scandal

Russell Brand has spoken about interviewing Jimmy Savile, describing the disgraced presenter as an "inter-dimensional warlock", and defended the BBC's role in the scandal.

Russell Brand has spoken about how he came to interview the disgraced presenter Jimmy Savile.

The comedian was himself the centre of a BBC scandal after he and Jonathan Ross were suspended for making a prank call to the actor Andrew Sachs.

He told Nicky Campbell on 5 Live: "The public funding means there's a different moral obligation on the BBC... Obviously paedophilia is to be condemned, but the obligation of the employer is a different issue."