Russell Brand on Hosting MTV Movie Awards, Private Life

By ABC News

Jun 1, 2012 8:24am

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Sunday’s MTV Music Awards will feature the Golden Popcorn trophy for categories including best fight, best on-screen dirtbag and best kiss. And it also will feature comedian Russell Brand as host.

Brand is known to be outspoken and dangerously funny. As part of his hosting gig at MTV’s Video Music Awards in 2008, the controversial British entertainer made fun of the Jonas Brothers and harshly criticized then-president George W. Bush, earning him a wave of criticism.

In an interview that aired today, “Good Morning America” correspondent Cameron Mathison asked Brand whether MTV had requested he tone down his upcoming routine.

“They never do,” Brand replied. “They always go, ‘Say what you want, say what you want,’  and then afterwards, I get a load of death threats and they go, ‘You shouldn’t have said that.’”

So just how does he walk the fine line of having fun with celebrities without going too far?

Brand said celebrities and their private lives are like anyone else. “If you feel love for people, they won’t mind you tormenting them a little bit,” he said

Brand’s own private life has recently been fodder for tabloid headlines.

The 36-year-old filed for divorce from Katy Perry, 27, in December, citing irreconcilable differences. The two had been married for 14 months, and it was rumored he wanted her to cut back on her partying.

Since the divorce, he has made headlines for heckling a fan who taunted him about his ex at a recent stand-up show, and confessed to talk show host Ellen DeGeneres that he still loved Perry.

“I still love her as a human being, but sometimes when you’re in a relationship, I suppose it doesn’t work out, does it,” he told DeGeneres in the recent interview.

Mathison asked Brand how he was doing in his personal life.

“How do you think I am?” Brand replied.

“You seem great, man,” Mathison said.

“Then that must be how I am,” Brand said.

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