Jonathan Ross tonight publicly apologised over the lewd phone messages he and Russell Brand left for Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs.
Here is the statement in full:
"I am deeply sorry and greatly regret the upset and distress that my juvenile and thoughtless remarks on the Russell Brand show have caused.
"I have not issued a statement previously because it was my intention and desire to offer an apology to all those offended on my Friday night programme.
"However, it was a stupid error of judgment on my part, and I offer a full apology."