Russell Brand’s 2009 Comedy Special Removed from Paramount+ Amid Misconduct Accusations
Russell Brand’s 2009 comedy special, “Russell Brand In New York,” has been removed from the streaming platform Paramount+ in response to the recent misconduct accusations against the comedian. This removal comes in the wake of a Channel 4 and BBC decision earlier this week to remove TV and audio shows featuring Brand, as well as other consequences such as the demonetization of his YouTube videos and the postponement of his live tour. New investigations into his behavior have also been initiated.
The accusations against Russell Brand stem from an investigation by Channel 4, The Times, and The Sunday Times, in which multiple women accused the comedian of rape and sexual abuse between 2006 and 2013. Notably, the removed comedy special, “Russell Brand In New York,” was filmed during that same period. Russell Brand has consistently denied these allegations.
While Paramount+ has taken the step to remove this particular comedy special, it’s worth noting that Netflix, where Brand’s “Russell Brand Re:Birth” comedy special is available, has typically refrained from removing content despite backlash. It’s likely that Netflix will maintain this stance in the case of Russell Brand.