John Cleese brands British press ‘depraved’ and ‘amoral’

JOHN Cleese has launched an attack on the media, branding many British newspapers "amoral creatures".

The Fawlty Towers star was discussing how Twitter and social media had lessened his dependence on newspapers to publicise his work.

Specifically excluding The Independent, The Guardian and The Daily Mirror from his criticism, he said: "The rest are the most appalling, depraved, disgusting, amoral creatures you could find anywhere outside of prison."

In an interview with The Guardian to promote his new film, the Disney cartoon Planes, Cleese added: "And of course many of them are going to be inside a prison soon."

Cleese, 73, has been increasingly active in recent years following his costly divorce from his third wife Alyce Faye Eichelberger in 2009. Last month, together with his fellow members of Monty Python, he lost a legal battle to prevent film producer Mark Forstater - said to be the "seventh Python" - from accessing profits from the hit spin-off musical Spamalot.

Last week, he revealed he was writing his autobiography in deal struck with Random House last October. "You have to tell the whole tale through words and that's taken me a little time to do, to feel that I'm beginning to grasp how to do that," he said.