Russell Brand phones Obama

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 April 2009
Russell Brand

Russell Brand's Obama call

US President Barack Obama was telephoned by Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher and Russell Brand who tried to quiz him about whether he is really a soccer fan

Noel Gallagher and Russell Brand phoned US President Barack Obama to quiz him about soccer.

The pair made a call to the American leader during their radio show on British station talkSPORT, which aired last night (19.04.09), to discover if Obama's confession he is a fan of English Premier League team West Ham United is true.

Russell - who supports the East London club - phoned the White House, and when he didn't get through left a voicemail message.

Referring to West Ham's stadium and manager, the controversial star said: "Dear Barack Obama, we are calling you to find out if you are in fact the world's most famous West Ham supporter as it is claimed. I haven't ever seen you at Upton Park, and what formation do you suggest Gianfranco Zola plays?"

Afterwards a nervous Noel said: "This answer phone message better not jeopardise my American visa situation."

The show was Russell's first radio appearance since he resigned from his BBC Radio 2 slot - on which the Oasis guitarist was a regular guest - following a row over lewd phone calls made to 79-year-old actor Andrew Sachs last October.

In the calls, Russell and British presenter Jonathan Ross - who was suspended for three months from the BBC for his part in the prank - revealed Russell had bedded Sachs' granddaughter Georgina Baillie.

During his radio return, Russell telephoned Jonathan to ask if he wanted to be interviewed on air.

A highly amused Noel said of the pair: "This is two people who haven't learnt their lesson."

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