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Andrew Sachs’ Widow Melody Opens Up About ‘Lasting Effect’ Of Jonathan Ross And Russell Brand’s Voicemail Scandal

'No one will ever know how deeply we were hurt by it all.'

10/12/2016 08:55 | Updated 10 December 2016

Andrew Sachs’ widow, Melody, has given an emotional new interview, in which she discusses the impact of Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand’s infamous 2008 voicemail stunt.

The pair left the veteran actor explicit messages on his personal number, including references to the fact Russell had slept with the actor’s granddaughter, Georgina Baillie, and broadcast their efforts on Radio 2.

At the time, the stunt caused outrage and following the sad news of Andrew’s death, Melody has opened up about the “lasting effect” of it, admitting that it caused their family a great deal of stress.

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Andrew and Melody in 2009 
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Russell snd Jonathan later expressed regret over the stunt 

After public outrage over the incident - and the fact it was broadcast on the radio - Russell resigned from the show, while Jonathan was suspended from presenting on the BBC for three months, and later left the broadcaster.

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German-born actor Andrew was best known for his role as waiter Manuel, in 'Fawlty Towers' 

Andrew was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2012, and his condition deteriorated significantly in his final weeks.

At the time, Melody issued a statement which read: “We were happy, we were always laughing, we never had a dull moment. He had dementia for four years and we didn’t really notice it at first until the memory started going.

“It didn’t get really bad until quite near the end. I nursed Andrew, I was there for every moment of it.”

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