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Russell Brand in foul-mouthed Comic Relief rant

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Russell Brand in foul-mouthed Comic Relief rant

Russell Brand has slammed Comic Relief in a foul-mouthed rant - just days after appearing at the charity fundraiser.

The 39-year-old comedian hit out at last week's charity telethon - which has raised more than £1 billion over 30 years - insisting nobody was watching it and admitting he felt "compromised" by taking part in the cause.

Speaking at cafe The Proud Archivist in east London, Russell - who caused controversy during his Comic Relief co-hosting by joking about syringes - said: "Is it right to do Comic Relief? Plus is any f***er watching it?

"Those were the questions I was asking myself as I walked out confidently on to the Palladium stage. And the answer is, 'No, not really.' "

According to The Sun newspaper, Russell also questioned whether raising money for charity is a "burden" placed on "ordinary people".

He said: "Is charity part of the problem? Ultimately taking responsibility away from the centralised powers of created government, corporations, and alleviating that stress and tension by placing the burden once more on ordinary people."

The 'Get Him to the Greek' actor - who has previously opened up about his past drug addictions - also co-hosted part of Comic Relief alongside TV presenter Claudia Winkleman, who appeared to be cringing as he made a quip about using a syringe.

Speaking at the event last Friday (13.03.15), he said: "I'm in the unfortunate position of having to ask you to donate money to buy syringes, literally the exact opposite of how I spend most of my time, and the previous two decades of my life."

However, the star did also admit Comic Relief organisers have "good intentions".

On Tuesday (17.03.15), Russell led a "sleepover" protest on housing estate Sweets Way in north London in an attempt to save flats from being demolished to make space for luxury homes.

He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "I'm here to prevent communities being broken up as part of a corrupt, indifferent government."

Despite this, the comedian-turned-activist, who has previously admitted he doesn't vote, insists he isn't bothered about the upcoming election.

When his thoughts on the forthcoming vote, he said: "I'm not interested."