Youtube cuts off Russell Brand’s ad revenue, BBC pulls shows

Youtube cuts off Russell Brand’s ad revenue, BBC pulls shows

Brand, the former husband of US singer Katy Perry, has repositioned himself in recent years to build a more than 6 million-strong following to his YouTube channel.

Recent videos included an interview with the former Fox News host Tucker Carlson and discussions on everything from COVID to UFOs, censorship and wellbeing.

YouTube, owned by Google parent Alphabet Inc, said it had suspended monetisation on Brand’s channel after he violated its creator responsibility policy.

Russell Brand leaves the Troubadour Theatre at Wembley Park after his show on Saturday night.Credit: AP

“If a creator’s off-platform behaviour harms our users, employees or ecosystem, we take action to protect the community,” a YouTube spokesperson said.

TikTok was asked by parliamentary committee chair Dinenage whether Brand was still able to monetise his Tiktok posts. She also asked for time-scale and progress reports from the BBC and Channel 4 about their investigations into Brand.

Brand issued a video message on social media on Saturday to deny the “very serious criminal allegations” hours before they were published.

“These allegations pertain to the time when I was working in the mainstream, when I was in the newspapers all the time, when I was in the movies. And as I’ve written about extensively in my books, I was very, very promiscuous,” Brand said.

“Now, during that time of promiscuity, the relationships I had were absolutely always consensual,” added the comedian, known for his flamboyant style and appearance.

Live shows planned by Brand have also been cancelled since the allegations were splashed across the media.