Russell Brand blasts Graham Norton for 'making my mum cry' over failed marriage to Katy Perry
00:58 GMT, 16 June 2012
Russell Brand hit out at Graham Norton when the TV presenter brought up his divorce from Katy Perry.
The comedian was promoting his film Rock Of Ages on the BBC chat show when the Irish host asked him about his failed marriage.
Ignoring the question, Brand, 37, looked to his mother Barbara, 65, seated in the audience and accused Norton of making her cry.
Tension: Graham Norton upset Russell Brand, pictured with Emily Blunt and Paloma Faith, with his line of questioning on Friday's episode of his BBC show
Norton, 49, defended his line of questioning, insisting it would have been strange not to mention his ex-wife after she appeared on the very same sofa a week previous.
When his ex was mentioned, Brand fumed: 'My mum is here. She got upset when you dragged up my marriage.
'I saw her cry, Graham. That’s the reality because it’s real people, Graham, that’s my real mum.
Sadness: Brand is incredibly close to his mother Barbara, who was said to be have been upset by her son's failed marriage
'I have come here to promote a film and you made my mum cry. I don’t see you as that sort of person, Graham.'
Norton then tried to apologise, saying: 'I don’t see myself as that kind of person…'
Explaining his former spouse had been on the show a week earlier, he continued: 'If I had not asked anything it would have been weird.'
Brand then scolded Norton for not bringing up the issue backstage before taping the pre-recorded Friday night show.
And look who was here last week: Brand's ex-wife Katy Perry joined Cheryl Cole on the sofa last week
He said: 'What I would have done, mate, in your
position is come up to me before the show and gone “Eh, listen it’s a
bit odd your ex-missus was on last week. I might mention it, is that
'But in all of the chatting and the research backstage, no one mentioned it.'
When he did finally speak about his marriage, he said: 'Some human beings get married and hopefully it works out for them and maybe it won’t.
'If people get divorced, maybe that is a sad thing. I don’t know what is your show about'
Not impressed: Brand shakes his fist at Norton on the show
The war-of-words then appeared to be partially edited out of last night's episode.
A source told the Daily Mirror: 'Graham didn’t mean to upset Russell but felt he had to ask at least one question about Katy.
'Other journalists have quizzed him on it all week so perhaps he’d had enough.'
Brand filed for divorce in December after 14 months of marriage. It is due to be finalised at the end of this month.