Maybe Russell Brand would have have been better off ripping into those Monty Python blokes.
The British comedian resigned Wednesday from his long-running BBC radio show after earning oodles of negative press for a series of raunchy prank phone calls he made to one of the former stars of the U.K.'s beloved Fawlty Towers.
"As I only do the radio show to make people laugh I've decided that, given the subsequent coverage, I will stop doing the show," Brand said in a videotaped apology.
"I got a bit caught up in the moment and forgot that, at the core of the rude comments and silly songs, were the real feelings of a beloved and brilliant comic actor and a very sweet and big-hearted young woman."
In a prerecorded bit made on Oct. 16, Brand and Radio 2 colleague Jonathan Ross left four lewd messages on 78-year-old actor Andrew Sachs' voicemail.
Even British Prime Minister Gordon Brown criticized the duo for their "inappropriate and unacceptable behavior."