Russell Brand claims he was invited to appear on Fox News’ Hannity program this week. But when the producers supposedly canceled, Brand decided to have a little fun at the conservative network’s expense. Brand tried to film an episode of his web series The Trews, which often attacks Fox News, outside the network’s headquarters. The resulting video went viral after security threatened to arrest Brand for this stunt.
The clip began with Russell Brand standing outside Fox News’ studio with a laptop. Brand insisted that since Sean Hannity’s show canceled Brand’s appearance, the comedian would do a Trews special from the network’s headquarters. Brand then started ranting about the “Islamophobic narrative” pushed by the Fox anchors.
But this Trews episode took a hilarious turn when a security guard confronted Russell Brand outside the Fox News studio. The guard insisted that Brand needed to leave because he was on private property. When Brand refused, the guard threatened to arrest him.
Unsurprisingly, Russell Brand returned to Fox News headquarters a bit later. This time, he walked inside and told a receptionist that he had been booked for Hannity. But since the gig was apparently canceled, he asked for a tour of the studio instead. When the woman denied this request, Brand told her to tell Hannity that he had dropped by. Brand then left the premises for good.
“Whether the subject is Islamophobia or it’s just the freedom to be in a lobby, Fox is a difficult organization to work with,” Russell Brand concluded after being kicked out of the network’s headquarters. “Whether it’s canceling booking for the Hannity show or kicking you out of their property, which they claim is owned by Beacon Management, it’s very difficult to have true freedom. We’ll run this building one day.”
Watch Russell Brand get kicked out of Fox News below.
Fox News, for its part, maintains Russell Brand was never actually invited to Hannity, despite the comedian’s statements to the contrary. In fact, it would have been somewhat of a bizarre decision for producers to invite Brand on the show, as he publicly feuded with Sean Hannity on Twitter just a few months ago.
“Russell Brand was never booked on the show and therefore couldn’t have been canceled,” Hannity executive producer Porter Berry said in a statement.
This Fox News drama nothing new for Brand, who has called out the network in the past. In June, he called Fox News a “Fanatical Terrorist Propagandist Organization” when Judge Jeanine Pirro claimed on her network show that the only way to defeat ISIS was to constantly bomb the terrorist group.
“This isn’t reasonable, is it?” Russell Brand said in this video slamming Pirro. “Like the way she’s talking? ‘Bomb them! Bomb them!’ She’s worse … She’s the savage, she’s totally espousing savage values. I’m not being just sensational, that is more dangerous than ISIS. That attitude. ‘Cause that’s far-reaching. That’s affecting millions and millions of people.”