EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Emily Maitlis joins Russell Brand critics
EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Emily Maitlis joins the chorus of Russell Brand critics four years after admitting in her memoirs that she was smitten by the hairy libertine
Emily Maitlis enthusiastically joins the chorus of Russell Brand critics, retweeting coverage of the scandal four years after admitting in her memoirs that she was smitten by the hairy libertine.
She describes flirting with him after he arrived late for a BBC Newsnight interview.
‘He has me at “hello”,’ she trills approvingly, noting his ‘tight leather trousers and white shirt, whose buttons have been flung apart insouciantly to reveal a more than adequate amount of chest hair’.
When asked by Brand to pose for a photograph, she gushes: ‘Of course I do not mind. A photo! Of me! For Twitter! With Russell Brand!’
She adds: ‘See, I am grubbily keen already and he’s only been in the room one minute.’
Pictured: Emily Maitlis. She describes flirting with him after he arrived late for a BBC Newsnight interview
Pictured: Russell Brand. King Charles had a narrow escape when Brand was mooted as a possible Prince’s Trust ambassador for his appeal to youth
Her former BBC colleague Nick Robinson wasn’t as beguiled, noting on Radio 4’s Today programme yesterday that the hirsute Casanova’s political views were eagerly publicised by Newsnight, the New Statesman and the Guardian.
When Brand refused an interview with smug Nick in 2015, he called him a ‘sanctimonious t***’.
King Charles had a narrow escape when Brand was mooted as a possible Prince’s Trust ambassador for his appeal to youth.
Fortuitously, he was regarded as beyond the pale because of his openly lewd behaviour.
Charles did have an awkward meeting at a Pride of Britain event in 2010.
Recalled Brand: ‘I was shoved into him and I saw a moment in his eyes as we shook hands when he realised, “That’s that mad comedian.” And he sort of tried to get away. I had him in a bit of a grip. I was holding on, thinking, “This is my moment. I’m not letting him go just yet”.’
He adds: ‘There was a moment where he was trying to recoil and I heard his wrist click a bit.’
A penny for the thoughts of ex-girlfriend Jemima Goldsmith amid the Russell Brand brouhaha.
Not shy to make public declarations of love during their year-long romance, on his 39th birthday, Jemima tweeted: ‘Happy birthday… you beautiful diamond encrusted revolutionary. I love you.’ They split three months later.
Pictured: Jemima Goldsmith, ex-girlfriend of Russell Brand. On his 39th birthday, Jemima tweeted: ‘Happy birthday… you beautiful diamond encrusted revolutionary. I love you.’ They split three months later
Sir Ian McKellen chuckles at his reputation for being ‘pretty dapper’.
He says: ‘It’s more luck than judgment. For much of my career I wore jeans and my father’s old sweater. After he died I also wore his underwear – I only stopped when the entire cast of Macbeth bought me underwear for my birthday.’
Did being downwind of fruity Ian at Glamis Castle prove too much?
Asked to nominate her favourite lyric, Dolly Parton has no hesitation replying: ‘One that I remember the very moment I wrote was, “Pour myself a cup of ambition”. I went: “Yeah, that’s so good!” Sometimes when those lines come, you just think, “Oh my goodness – I’m so proud of myself”.’
Adding: ‘I may even start my own Starbucks type of coffee and tea shop – “Cup of Ambition”.’ D cup Dolly?
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