<p>Russell Brand, 2007</p>
<p>Never one to shy away from offending, Russell raised a few eyebrows with quips about Robbie Williams’ spell in rehab, the Queen’s “naughty bits” and a British soldier killed in Iraq. ITV received over 300 complaint calls from viewers and Ofcom logged a further 135. </p>

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