Russell Brand has announced he will no longer present the E4 show Big Brother's Big Mouth.

The outspoken comedian, who has worked on the show for the last three years, decided to leave to pursue other projects.

Announcing his decision, Brand said his time on the show has been an "unprecedented joy" and thanked the programme's makers for "taking the risk of employing an ex-junkie twerp".

"Big Mouth has afforded me opportunities that are too exciting to turn down, so alas I can do it no more," the 31-year-old said in a statement.

"And while I recognise this isn't as significant as the resignation of Beckham or the Cuban missile crisis, I just wanted to say thanks to everyone."

Brand's controversial and outlandish comments have proved a hit with Big Brother's Big Mouth, which is one of E4's most popular shows, attracting 1.4 million viewers.

Other projects that Brand is involved with include a weekly show on BBC Radio 2 and he is set to appear in the new St Trinian's film.

05/04/2007 11:24:51