Russell Brand schools clueless ‘Morning Joe’ hosts who treated him like crap

Russell Brand

I’ve been woefully remiss lately by failing to check in with Russell Brand’s Twitter page, @rustyrockets, where he is currently being pelted with insults from Katy Perry fanatics in wake of her declaration that he divorced her via text message — nevermind that she signed the papers with a happy face. Anyway, I swaggered across cyberspace to check up on ol’ Rusty and discovered the above photo with a declaration that he’s freshly back in London to wreak havoc wherever his jolly self so desires. Early yesterday morning however, Rusty was still stateside and working the promotional circuit for his upcoming worldwide standup comedy tour, “The Messiah Complex.”

Russell Brand

While doing so, poor Rusty made the near-fatal (via boredom) mistake of stopping by MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program to explain the title of his show: “I’m talking about Malcolm X, Che Guevara, Ghandi, and Jesus Christ. And how these figures are significant culturally and how icons are appropriated and used to designate consciousness and meaning, particularly posthumously.” This explanation is a little more heady than Kanye West’s Yeezus complex, no? Obviously.

Well, the co-host of “Morning Joe,” Mika Brzezinski, and panelists Katty Kay and Brian Shactman had no idea how to react to Russell’s paradoxical eloquence. They were completely confuzzled by his verbiage and manner of speaking in a quick and witty manner, and of course, they observed Rusty’s intelligence to be sharply at odds with his physical appearance, which really messed with their minds. So they proceeded to awkwardly poke fun at Russell (Brian in particular seemed fixated upon the comedian’s chest hair) and talk about his dodgy accent, and then they spoke about Russell in third person as if he wasn’t even at the table. This epic, continuous faceplant moment dragged on for about six minutes before Russell realized that these hosts had no interest in helping him discuss the topic at hand; that is, he has a tour to promote, so Rusty grabbed the reins, and sh-t got real:

“Is this what you all do for a living? Okay, well let me help you. I’m here to promote a tour called “The Messiah Complex.” It’s here for the people of America. I want the people of America to come and see me do standup. RussellBrand.tv where you can purchase tickets to see me. These people I’m sure are typically very, very good at their job … [riffs on several news headlines and puts the panel to shame] … Look beyond the superficial. That is the problem with current affairs. You forget about what’s important and allow the agenda to be decided by superficial information. What am I saying? What am I talking about? Don’t think about what I’m wearing. These things are redundant, superficial. Don’t be distracted. What do you think that gesture means, the way you’re grabbing that bottle? What does that indicate? What’s the subtext of that? She’s grasping for the shaft. She’s a shaft grasper.”

[From MSNBC's Morning Joe, June 18, 2013]

Really, that transcript doesn’t do Russell’s speech any justice, so you’ll have to watch the video for full effect:

Hahaha. Maybe Russell went a bit overboard on morning television by labelling Mika “a shaft grasper,” but he was trying to illustrate a point while also being funny. These so-called journos were judging Russell all over the place based upon irrelevant observations, so he made one of his own. And let’s face it, Mika was really obsessed with working that bottle all through the segment.

In conclusion: Russell Brand: 1; MSNBC: 0.

Russell Brand

Russell Brand

Russell Brand

Photos courtesy of Russell Brand’s Twitter and WENN

 

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  1. Anna says:

    That video was precious. Russell did so good as a fake host, too! Points to him for not taking their patronizing crap.

    As for all the divorce stuff…based on what we’ve learned about the relationship and the break-up, there is no way Katie didnt know that [text message/divorce filing] was coming when it did. It was just a confirmation of an established fact – not an out of the blue ‘buh-bye.’

  2. May May says:

    Good for him! At least he knew what he was doing, unlike the people who were supposed to be actually interviewing him. Seriously, how did these people get jobs as journalists when they clearly don’t know how to conduct a proper interview?

    • May May says:

      Interestingly enough, the article on the incident on their website only indicates that he made a few jokes, not that they acted unprofessionally, or the fact that he completely OWNED them.

    • e.non says:

      scarborough has actually described himself as a ‘journalist’… he’s a friggin ex-congressman who resigned under a cloud and who thinks this msnbc gig is going to propel him to higher office — if he so chooses.

      meeka is nothing more than the milfbait squeaktoy. and it’s maddening how she thinks she’s been held back because she’s a girl….

  3. T.Fanty says:

    That was excruciating. I would love to see him on a show like Bill Maher, where he can actually talk with someone smart. Has he done Jon Stewart?

  4. Pixie says:

    I feel, at this moment in time, it’s also Russell Brand 1- Life 0. And, for the record, Katy Perry definately knew the divorce was heading her way and just needs to shut up about it. I’m a Russell Brand fangirl, in case you couldn’t tell!

  5. allons-y alonso says:

    Respect.
    I may not be Russel Brand’s biggest fan but I do appreciate how articulate and witty he can be.

    • pantalones en fuego says:

      ^^
      This. I don’t know that I have even actually seen Russell Brand in anything but I am elated that someone finally stuck it to Mika Brzenski because she can bu SUCH a condscending twat. She is totally one those people who was born on third base and acts like she hit a triple.

      • Nerd Alert says:

        What a great description of Mika. “Born on third base acting like she hit a triple.” YES. I can’t stand that woman, she is the epitome of smugness and condescension. She acts like she’s been held back for being a woman, but then brags about her father being a diplomat, only leaving out the part about how he got her every job she’s had.

        Then she insults people for eating McDonald’s while having large frappuccino and a scone. Then she rolls her eyes at any guest who writes books she wouldn’t deign to read or makes movies she could not bear to watch.

        I used to hate-watch that show until I just hated it too much. Mr. Joe isn’t better, either, shady-ass former congressman. Katty Kay is the best of them but it’s not saying much, she’s a brat.

        The fact that it was Rusty Brand who put Mika in her place makes me endlessly happy. Intelligence and quick wit like that is sooo sexy. MMM.

  6. Poppy says:

    I know he looks a bit skeevy sometimes, but I saw him do stand up a few months ago, and honestly, he’s the most magnetic person! I would, hard.

  7. Cam S says:

    On of the interviewer’s name is Katty Kay? What what what??? Did she go to boarding school in Savannah, GA with Muffy, Tuffy, Mimsy and Millicent?

    • Cricket says:

      Katy Kay is a Brit! She worked for the BBC and is such a snotty b tch! Mika is only where she is bc of who her father is and her brother works for the Obama administration. The only “news” Mika broadcasts are the texts she gets on air from Valerie Jarrett an Obama spokesperson. She is horrible at her job! There are stories she refuses to read and they used to have a Brit football commentator on Monday that would review the weekend matches bc Joe likes EPL. Mika would make faces and think she was cute and acted like she couldn’t understand a word the guy was saying. Maybe she has a hearing prob?

      Russell handed it to them and did a great job. I wonder if Joe were there if the interview would have been more respectful and engaging.

  8. Maria says:

    So ….. people actually watch that crap? Go Russell!

    • annaloo. says:

      What’s worse is that THESE are the people who bring us our news every day.. If these are just morning hosts conducting a terrible interview of Russell Brand, you can only imagine the larger picture of journalism– who are the people judging and deciding the positions of the issues they are reporting them to us in papers, nightly broadcasts, etc?

  9. Lucy2 says:

    I generally find him repulsive, but the msnbc people were so disrespectful and terrible, his smackdown was fantastic.

    • Chicagogurl says:

      Ditto! You can’t deny he has a biting wit and is extremely intelligent. I give him kudos for not letting people disrespect him and calling them out for their dismissive behavior. Did no one study up? Watch his parliament speech? Read the dang press release?

  10. The Wizz says:

    Russell is so bloody intelligent, his articles in the UK newspapers (guardian I think) are excellent, even if I don’t agree with everything he has to say.

  11. Lucretia says:

    First time I ever liked Russell Brand!

  12. Micki says:

    He owned their asses big way. Loved it.

  13. Thora says:

    A womanizing pop star who wears sunglasses at night is getting on his high horse about how superficial other people are?

  14. ronnie says:

    WHAT WAS WITH THE SHORT HAIRED BLONDE??! She was acting like Brand was trying to attack her, she had no professionalism what so ever. Ugh, facepalm all these people.

  15. Jess says:

    My favorite part is the shots of him watching these idiots talk amongst themselves. The look on his face is just perfect.

  16. Leah says:

    That was awesome. I love him for doing that!!!!

  17. lady mary. says:

    and these 3 work for Msnbc as anchors ,???why exactly were they ganging up and bein impolite to him,good for russell on putting them backin their places,which is kindergarden ,go Rusell,Go

  18. Jayna says:

    I always love him in interviews. He’s so quick-witted. But this tops them all.

  19. TG says:

    I like Russell Brand too. I mean he isn’t attractive at all to me but he is funny. Also I could care less if someone dumbed me via text message. The sooner it is done the better.

  20. serena says:

    LOL shame on them, Rusty wins.

  21. Joanna says:

    oh, my gosh, that was hilarious! I think he took the anchors by surprise because they were not expecting him to be that smart. He was right, they were caught up in the superficial stuff, not listening to his message. He was hilarious! he is not my type but after listening to him being so intelligent, articulate and charming, I can see why the women fall for him.

  22. The Original G says:

    I just love the power of his restraint. It was beautiful. A couple of years ago he might have gone ape-shit on them. His slow methodical burn of them was so excellent.

  23. lady_luck says:

    I do not find Brand particularly funny. He seems a bit controlled and cold in the way he delivers his punchlines. Any ways the exchange that happened on Morning Jo was not particularly fascinating nor controversial – for that matter.

  24. bigbowood says:

    I’ve seen this posted several places with the same take on it, and I just don’t see it. They weren’t disrespectful of him (other than just being lazy/bad hosts/interviewers. And he didn’t school them. This is pretty much a standard Russell Brand interview.

    • Lucinda says:

      At first I thought the interviewers were simply not expecting him so they were caught unprepared. He was a bit all over the place when he randomly starts yelling at the people behind him. But when he is asked his favorite medium of performance, you can see the look on his face that says he’s frustrated because he wants to talk about his show and they haven’t asked him a single question about it.

      After he respectfully answers that question, the people start getting quite rude. The comment about his accent was unnecessary and stupid. The blonde speaking about him in third person is clearly lost for anything to say which shows her incompetence. And it just got worse from there.

      They may have been unprepared. He may have been a difficult interview. But they were unprofessional and rude. They should have been able to handle him and they couldn’t.

  25. qtpi says:

    Too bad they were the ones on there that interviewed him then. I think several other people on the network would have been much better (Chris Hayes, Alex Wagner, Rachel Maddow) but they mainly stick to political stories where as the morning show covers a lot of different topics.

    This is my go to station and I am sure they will treat this as a wake up call and fix things in the future. So if it makes them better at their job I am glad it happened.

  26. melangie says:

    Yikes! That clip was worse than the Morning Joe parody skit SNL does.

  27. Mia says:

    Russell Brand is the last person i would ever date, the unblinking stares he was giving the women on the panel gives me the creeps, but damn is he isn’t somebody i would hate to go head to head with in a debate!!

    (Also agree that Katy is continuing her pity party way too long. It takes two to tango in every divorce.)

  28. Uzi says:

    “Brand X” was brilliant and I was so bummed out when I heard it was cancelled. Russell is one-of-a-kind…I think the “Morning Joe” idiots just don’t “get” his humor.

  29. lady_luck says:

    It was awkward and clumsy interviewing, but not really disrespectful. A hype over nothing, and I suspect more orchestrated by Russel’s PR team. Coincidental timing – I think not!

    • Jenny says:

      I think it is clearly disrespectful when multiple hosts are discussing the guest and critiquing him like he isn’t sitting there with them. He called them out on it and they continued anyway. He may have gone a little overboard, but I thought he put them in their place and it was pretty hilarious.

    • Ag says:

      Talking about someone in the third person in front of them is extremely disrespectful.

    • MatD says:

      I agree – the prevalence of this video too perfectly coincides with the release of Katy Perry’s vogue article. It makes me think his team is trying to avoid a snowball of negative speculative publicity that could have begun with the return of attention to his past marriage. Which makes sense as he is on the cusp of a world tour. Then again, it’s strange to associate Russell Brand (someone whose persona depends on spontaneity and sincerity) with a calculating PR team.

  30. The Original G says:

    In fact, Russell could of done an interesting political interview straight.

    They just look like self important knobs who are really punching way below their weight. Why even book him if you’re not even going to make an effort?

  31. Babalon says:

    Saw the vid yesterday on YouTube and haven’t been able to stop watching it. It’s full of so much win. I’m a new Brand fan.

  32. EG says:

    Rusty is a breath of fresh air! American interviewers apparently aren’t used to intelligence in their subjects. Swoon.

  33. K-rock says:

    Well that escalated quickly.

  34. Reece says:

    That was awesome. Purely Awesome!

  35. Emily C. says:

    I love him. An actually intelligent celebrity. It can happen!

    And it’s very tiring how he gets criticized for sleeping around. He’s an adult, he has sex with other consenting adults, so what? There is nothing wrong with what he does.

  36. Jessiebes says:

    I’ve read stories about him, being a womaniser, getting married, getting divorced, being a womaniser again. Didn’t really care for him.

    This is the first time I’ve seen him in action, so to speak! I could not be more impressed. That was awesome, he owned them and they knew it.

  37. claire says:

    I haven’t even read the whole quote yet. Just the line “is this what you all do for a living?” had me giggling. Bad timing! Cappucino foam went everywhere!

  38. Dutchy says:

    Love this! Russel did great!

  39. Masque says:

    Considering Russell’s name is often equated with “douche” I find it ironic that of the four people at that table, he was the only one with manners.

  40. Sumodo1 says:

    Mika–listen to me. Get help before you wind up having a nervous breakdown.

  41. Ag says:

    Holy shit! That video sure was something. What is wrong with those hosts? I’ve never seen that show – are they usually this stupid and nervous? Probably. And Mika? What’s up with her? Good for Russel for schooling all of them on what their jobs and manners should be.

  42. Lina says:

    I LOVE RUSSELL! I used to hate him when he was on tv back in the day when i was in school.But now i couldnt love him more! Also what the **** was with the blonde why was she acting so weird?

  43. teehee says:

    My GOD those people — how in the HELL do they get to be in front of a camera for others to see. They came across as the most puppety, stupid and air headed morons possible. DAMN.

  44. HotPockets says:

    I love how he keeps on bringing up how superficial the mainstream media is and how they are not able to speak of meaningful things, yet all the anchors continue to change the subject every time he directs the subject at them. I feel like people who cannot handle confrontation are part of the problem. No one wants to talk about the truth anymore because it has been so watered down and convoluted that it is now just labeled as “conspiracy theory.” I hate those two words, the truth, especially when it is well documented, is not a conspiracy theory, and just because no one discusses it doesn’t mean it’s not relevant or important. I quit watching the large news networks years ago, CNN, Fox, NBC and the BBC, because they are manipulated distractions from the real issues in the world. These networks and their puppets disgust me. I’m glad Russell Brand called them out and look, they didn’t know how to respond because they know they are part of the problem.

  45. KayLastima says:

    I am sick to death of seeing women on tv with stripper blonde hair and sleeveless low cut cocktail dresses, emphasis on “cock”. “News” networks have taken the concept of prick tease and run with it for all their worth, and by worth I mean shamelessness. This has been the major reason I don’t get my news from tv anymore, I just can’t with the men all suited up and the women looking like sub human tarts. When the men wear the equivalent attire, black fishnet wife beaters, then I would watch only for the value they are offering, pseudo sexual entertainment at the expense of the “hosts”.

    This is the first time I have seen this person, Mika, and the last. She is beyond emptiness. I don’t know why her body has not emplodded, there is NO SUBSTANCE there.

  46. Isabelle says:

    Russell’s clothing choices confuses a lot of people, men and women. He’s Alpha, and his appearance conflicts with what we have deemed ‘masculine’. Notice he will have the ladies complete attention and they will be charmed by him by the end. When he speaks its very clear he’s articulate, intelligent and thoughtful. He often sees both sides of the coin. Which goes with his attire. His clothing is all over the place because he’s not a linear thinker.

  47. diva says:

    Not a fan of his but love him for that.

  48. Pandora says:

    Yah that was uncomfortable, but I find watching that show the same every day, she’s not comfortable in her skin and I swear it comes across on screen.

  49. Polly says:

    He’s far more intelligent than those hosts. They judge him on his attire which is incredibly superficial. How embarrassing was that.

  50. Polly says:

    By the way russell has a new girlfriend that he apparently introduced to his mom recently.

  51. Littlebowbee says:

    Made a point without being rude. Love him so much.

  52. napy says:

    I am not a russel brand fan but I will have to say–they were pretty rude towards him right from the start of the interview ..not cool…

  53. NerdMomma says:

    They clearly had no idea who Russell Brand is. I can’t believe they didn’t take a few minutes to familiar themselves. I’ve seen clips from his show and he is utterly brilliant, eloquent, and hilarious to boot. I’d love to go to one of his shows- alas, his tour isn’t coming anywhere close to my area.

    And he DID save their butts. If he hadn’t taken charge, that was going to be the most awkward, horrid segment ever. They were going absolutely nowhere. Hopefully they learned a lesson: do your homework.

  54. gogoGorilla says:

    Well, now I know why I never watch msnbc. Seriously, that was painful. They have to be the worst interview hosts I have ever seen. I don’t blame him for getting annoyed.

  55. Ginger says:

    OMG!!! That was such an epic and thoroughly intelligent burn that I may just have to buy tickets to said tour!

  56. skilo says:

    Love Russell Brand. I think he’s quite clever and I absolutely adore his accent.

  57. NinaS says:

    He is flat out delicious. I love when uppity idiots get their asses handed to them by someone who is obviously highly intelligent, and he wasn’t really rude if you consider the context of that banality.

  58. American in Oz says:

    I loved this clip from the moment I saw it. I’m just really hoping the hosts all got an ass chewing from the network as well.

    I’d fire the whole lot of them for embarrassing the company.

  59. dagneytaggart says:

    I have loved this man since day one. Brilliant, kicked addiction in the ass, and physically absolutely sexy as hell. Katy Perry is an intellectual pop-tart compared to him- I never saw what the connection was. He deserved(s) so much more. Glad to see he is moving forward.

  60. Bette says:

    I saw a good headline just now that said, “We should stop being shocked every time Russell Brand does something smart.” Seriously, that’s how I feel too. Every time he writes an essay or schools some idiots on a TV show, there are loads of these “Wow, I had no idea he was so intelligent” comments on various websites. How much evidence does it take before people will just accept that he’s brilliant? The examples are so numerous: 1) His autobiography 2) His article about Amy Winehouse after her death 3) His article about Margaret Thatcher 4) His testimony to Parliament about drug law reform, as well as his documentary on the same subject, and his essay in the Guardian also about the same subject 5) Too many interviews on other people’s talk shows over the years to mention — but check out the Howard Stern interviews and his talk with Jeremy Paxman on BBC for a start; and 6) His interview with the Westboro Baptist Church on his own talk show, Brand X.

    Each one of these things was met with the same surprised admiration by a lot of people, so come on, it’s time to stop being surprised! He is intelligent, articulate, and witty — not to mention compassionate and dedicated to helping others. (Plus he’s sexy – but I realize that depends on your individual taste!)

  61. Renee says:

    Love Russell. Love what he did. They were shallow and rude. He was insightful and smart. He made fools of them for being stupid and vapid and judgemental.

  62. EscapedConvent says:

    Absolutely, brilliantly, eloquently wonderful. Oh, it is such fun to see self-righteous idiots have their asses handed to them by a smart, articulate person they have grossly underestimated.

  63. ParisPucker says:

    he’s incredibly talented and crazy smart. don’t mess with the Brand! and when they did, he gave it to them… good for him. Don’t think he pushed it too far in the least..he’s so refreshing. God bless him. (CrushingonRB)

  64. magpie says:

    I loved when he took the reins and started presenting the topics. They thought he’d be stumped, but he just showed them how “easy” it is.

  65. buzz says:

    I knew there was more to him when I read his tribute to Amy Winehouse following her death.

    Here’s the first part of it:

    When you love someone who suffers from the disease of addiction you await the phone call. There will be a phone call. The sincere hope is that the call will be from the addict themselves, telling you they’ve had enough, that they’re ready to stop, ready to try something new. Of course though, you fear the other call, the sad nocturnal chime from a friend or relative telling you it’s too late, she’s gone.

    the rest is here:

    http://www.russellbrand.tv/2011/07/for-amy/

  66. buzz says:

    Normally I’m on Team Mika. Joe Scarborough is so mean to her -he’s a condescending misogynist and a loud-mouthed jerk. But she did herself no favors with this interview.

  67. Megatron says:

    OMG that was one of the most embarassing and unprofessional interviews I have ever had the misfortune to witness.. Jesus. It’s a good thing that Russell can handle himself. I think the blonde chick in the blue dress wanted to bone him soooooo bad! HA