Russell Brand has hit out at the furore which erupted over the Sachsgate scandal – comparing it with spilling a glass of water “and the wife comes down and shoots the dog”.

The comic actor has taken Hollywood by storm since heading for the US after he and Jonathan Ross made lewd calls to Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs for Russell’s BBC Radio 2 show.

Russell, who is engaged to singer Katy Perry, told the Radio Times: “As often is the case with comedy, at a junction I always take the road less travelled, the road of this’ll be funny, this’ll be funny, this’ll be funny.

“Sometimes there are casualties with morality, politeness. As I said at the time, it was impolite and I apologise for that.”

He went on: “But as for all the subsequent reaction – it’s like you knock over a glass of water at your neighbour’s house and the wife comes down and shoots the dog.”

There has also been speculation that Russell could appear on Jonathan’s Friday night show before Jonathan’s departure from the BBC.

“Obviously, I’d love to do something with Jonathan before his show ends,” Russell said.

“Aside from the mayhem [of Sachsgate], in October 2008 I believe it was, he’s been my friend for a while and really supportive and I love him.

“But I love the BBC as well, so I don’t want to do anything that antagonises them or compromises them.”

The full interview appears in the latest issue of the Radio Times.