10 SEPTEMBER 2008 "The executive producer came up to me straight after the show and asked me to sign up to do next year's awards too," reveals the bouffant-haired comic. "The viewing figures went up 20 per cent on last year's show which is unbelievable. I'm really flattered."
Russell sent American TV critics and online bloggers into a spin with his comments on President Bush, references to Britney Spears as a "female Christ" and jokey comments about hugely popular musical siblings The Jonas Brothers. His reception in some quarters hasn't dented the 33-year-old's confidence, though.
"Most people thought it was great and I'm pleased with how it went," he says. "My phone hasn't stopped ringing."