Russell Brand’s TV Talk Show Axed

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June 6, 2013 | 5:55pm EST

British funnyman Russell Brand’s talk show, Brand X, has been cancelled
The late-night show launched last year and hit the headlines in November when the host invited gay friends to join him onstage with two homophobic members of the Westboro Baptist Church.
The comedian called on his studio audience to respect the two men, Timothy Phelps and Steve Drain, for bravely agreeing to appear on his show and then debated their beliefs that homosexuality is wrong in the eyes of God.
He also attempted to lighten the tense proceedings by playing a game he called Heaven & Hell with the religious extremists, during which they condemned famous people like Gandhi, Tom Hanks and Madonna to hell, before he brought out three gay pals.
As the Westboro Baptist Church representatives and the gay men exchanged unpleasantries, Brand urged the group to respect each other, joking, “We’re trying to conduct a telly programme,” and told his pals, “Stop upsetting my mates, they’re trying their best to be homophobic over here.”
After the TV stand-off, the comedian followed his WBC guests offstage asking them to “give me a cuddle”.