LATEST: Oasis star Noel Gallagher has come to the defence of beleaguered comic Russell Brand - insisting the controversy of his recent radio prank turned into a witch hunt.
Brand came under fire following a stunt on his BBC radio show on 18 October (08), which saw him, along with fellow broadcaster Jonathan Ross, leave a series of rude voicemail messages for former Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs.
Sachs was outraged - along with thousands of listeners, who lodged complaints, prompting the broadcaster to suspend the pair on Wednesday (29Oct08).
But Forgetting Sarah Marshall star Brand resigned later the same day, insisting he takes "complete responsibility" for the incident.
And now Gallagher has waded into the debate - announcing he is "outraged" that Brand felt he had to quit over the incident.
He says, "I spoke to Russell, he told me he was going to fall on his sword. Personally, I'm outraged that, yet again, the joyless f**kers who write the columns in (British newspapers) have dictated the tone and are telling people how to behave.
"I've seen the Daily Mail, they said that Russell should be arrested and charged. Arrested for what? For taking the p**s? It's so typical of the English in general. 10,000 people get outraged, but only days after it has happened.
"At worst it was a juvenile prank that wasn't unfunny but it's hardly offensive. I feel bad for Russ, 'cause he really loved doing the show. I loved being on it as well."