Comedian says show bosses are concerned he'll offend viewers

Russell Brand has revealed that MTV bosses are keeping him on a tight-leash as he prepares to host the Video Music Awards in LA in September.

But the comedian – who was sacked from the channel after turning up for work dressed as Osama Bin Laden the day after 9/11 – fears he won’t be able to control himself.

‘I’ve been warned there are 2 things I am never allowed to say,’ he says. ‘C*** and Scientology. There is a sentence that could join both of those words but I’m going to say it.’

Russell, 32, is hoping the job will help boost his popularity in the States.

‘People say: “You must enjoy it that no one knows you’re famous in America,”’ he tells the Daily Mirror. ‘But I hate it. Without fame this haircut makes me look like someone who has a mental illness.

‘I want everyone to know who I am. I’ve prostituted YouTube so much I call it MeTube now.’