Russell Brand appearance on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' goes off the rails
British comedian/actor Russell Brand was a guest yesterday on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe.' To say that it was an awkward and uncomfortable appearance is putting it mildly.
From the very beginning, Brand's irritation is recognizable as Mika Brzezinski, the show's co-host, gave him a very forced introduction.
"Joining us now, he's a really big deal," she said with her palms raised as if to say she has no idea if that is valid or not. Panelists Katty Kay and Brian Shactman confirmed that he was a big deal and then Brzezinski continued with, "I'm not very pop cultured, I'm sorry."
She also mentioned he was host of the show 'Brand X,' which likely stung a bit for Brand as that show was recently cancelled by FX. Their interaction through the entire interview is very awkward and weird, as it seems that Brzezinski would rather be anywhere else in the world than interviewing Brand.
Eventually, after Shactman tells Brand that he cannot understand him on the radio and Kay refers to him as "Willie," Brand has had enough of the immature hosts and their poor preparation.
"Is this what you all do for a living?" he ponders. "You convey news to the people of America? People of America, we're gonna to be OK. Everything's alright. These are your trusted anchors."
Finally, after eight long minutes, the interview mercifully ends - not a second too soon for any of its four participants.
Great fun to watch Brand in that clip, and daymn yea they're rude with all their "he's"...
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Message Posted On Jun 18th, 2013, 11:54 am
I'm not a fan of Brand either but these three made themselves look like fools.
Message Posted On Jun 18th, 2013, 9:33 am
Morning Joe has been a joke for quite a long while. Brand gave it the seriousness it deserved. If Joe Scarborough were there, I think there'd be a bit more tension and a bit more focus, since he and brand have some drastically opposed viewpoints where as this crew is predominantly full of fluff-piece bobble-head wannabes with very little penchant for observational humor. This seemed like one of his acts. Brand's brand is all about knocking people off balance without too much discomfort and this was just an example of that. The difference between this and a show with an audience was that he's got some pretty strong feelings about what the media should accomplish and probably thinks this is a shining example of what not to do as "news" casters. Just another example of why this show in particular and MSNBC in general has such crappy ratings... Not that the higher-rated news networks are any better. They're all pretty terrible at their jobs, with 15-30 hrs of quality programming between them per week