Russell Brand furious at Graham Norton

The comedian lost his cool when the BBC star brought up his divorce from pop star Katy Perry

In a furious TV outburst last night Russell Brand accused talk show host Graham Norton of making his mum cry.

The comedian lost his cool when the BBC star brought up his divorce from pop star Katy Perry.

Looking out into the audience and ignoring the question, Brand blasted: “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.

"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, who was also quizzing actress Emily Blunt, 29, and singer Paloma Faith, 26, replied: “I don’t see myself as that kind of person.” But Brand hit back: “And yet you are.”

Stammering over his words, Norton, 49, then explained Katy had appeared on his chat show the week before.

He added: “If I had not asked anything it would have been weird.”

But Brand, 37, scoffed: “Will people sit and think ‘Oh that’s odd?’.

“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 OK?’

"But in all of the chatting and the research backstage, no one mentioned it.”

In an attempt to cool things, Norton grovelled: “Well, I’m sorry.”

The BBC1 show, which was aired last night, started with Norton talking to Blunt.

When the chat turned to marriage, Brand, who stars in new movie Rock of Ages, appeared to lose interest.

But he was forced to speak when Norton mentioned he was sitting where his ex-wife was the previous week.

The miffed comic 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?”

Minutes later Brand said Norton had “stabbed him in the back” for mentioning Katy before launching into his tirade.

Stony-faced Brand left moments after filming on Thursday night with mother Barbara.

A source said: “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.