Lorraine Kelly quits social media after recalling how Russell Brand called her a ‘sl*t’ in TV appearance

Lorraine Kelly announced she was taking a break from X a day after she recalled how Russell Brand called her a ‘sl*t’ during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show in 2007.

The ITV presenter, 63, took to the platform, formerly known as Twitter, on Thursday and told fans she would be stepping away, stating that “it’s all gone a bit dark” following her comments.

She wrote: “Morning. Having a Twitter break - it’s all gone a bit dark - find me on instagram @lorrainekellysmith for mostly cute photos of my dog.”

After sharing her social media update, fans told the Scottish presenter they were sad she was pausing her activity but could understand.

One commented: “Don’t blame you but it’s a shame that you need to”.

“I have to say I agree with you Lorraine X,” a second wrote. A third added: “Totally agree.”

Her announcement comes after she recalled an unsettling moment when Brand called her a “sl*t” while appearing on BBC One’s The Graham Norton Show 16 years ago.

Showing a clip of it on ITV daytime show Lorraine on Wednesday, the Scottish star admitted “that’s uncomfortable to watch that now.”

She was joined by ITV UK news editor Paul Brand and The Mirror editor Alison Phillips to discuss the latest headlines surrounding Brand.

Brand was the subject of a joint investigation by the Sunday Times and Channel 4 Dispatches, which aired at the weekend and saw separate allegations of sexual assault and rape from four women between 2006 and 2013.

He has vehemently denied the allegations and said all of his relationships have been “consensual”.

Kelly recalled her multiple TV appearances with Brand saying: “I interviewed him a lot over that time when he was in the public eye.

“I usually got the charming Russell, the flirty Russell but I have been doing this a long time and I would like to think there was a tiny bit of respect there, maybe. Although this happened.”

Kelly then showed a clip where Brand can be seen touching her leg and exclaiming: “Oh my god, you’re wearing suspenders. I have been in other films but none of that matters now I know Lorraine Kelly is a sl*t.”

Back in the studio, Kelly said: “That’s uncomfortable to watch that now it absolutely is. Obviously for the record I was not wearing suspenders at all.

“He was laughing, I was laughing. It’s difficult looking back on it, and now I probably would have said something, but it’s an entertainment show, that was his shtick.”

She continued: “That’s what he was not just doing but actively encouraged to do. It’s not that long ago, not really.

“I do wonder if I would have put up with that now. I do wonder if we are in a different place now and if it even would have been aired.”

Kelly is not the only person to have questioned their reaction in similar situations.

Earlier this week, Vanessa Feltz reacted to the “deeply offensive” time Russell Brand asked if he could sleep with her then teenage daughters while a guest on his own chat show.