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Vodafone and KFC distance themselves from Joel Madden over drug find

KFC Madden BrosBoth Vodafone and KFC have moved to put distance between themselves and The Voice judge Joel Madden after he was allegedly found with 5g of cannabis in his hotel room.

While Madden has not faced any charges, he was asked to leave The Star casino on Sunday night, where he has been staying for the last two months while filming The Voice for Nine.

Recent months have seen both KFC and Vodafone seek to capitalise on the Good Charlotte singer’s high profile with promotional campaigns centring around him. today they both emphasised that they had no plans to work with Madden in the future.

“There was no commercial agreement with Joel Madden. It was a one-off campaign that ran during the cricket. It’s long done now,” said KFC.

Madden, who it embarrassingly emerged had been a supporter of animal rights group PETA, partnered with the fast food chain for the “Good Times” campaign.

He was also involved in a Vodafone campaign, which saw the brothers host a house party in Sydney.

A Vodafone spokeswoman said in a statement to Mumbrella: “We have no current plans in place for Joel Madden appearances and are focusing on the Voice final next Monday.”

Madden’s co-star Seal, unleashed a tirade against the Australian media this morning on Twitter, saying Madden was being “gunned down” and fearing he would be next.

“Keep it up… sure we’ll be back next year. And yes, I say we, because it’s just a matter of time before you gun us all down,” Seal said in one Tweet.

He also posted: “I for one will not stand by and watch you attempt to destroy my Brother, you gun one you gun us all!”

He also attacked the hotel, tweeting: “you ask him to meet n greet a cancer victim in your hotel then send police to his room?? Nice… very classy… keep it up Judas. I’m done here.”

The tweets have since been deleted from the singer’s account and he has apologised, saying he was missing his children when he said “I can’t wait to go home.”

“I want to apologise for my rant earlier. Joel is one of my best friends and I was really hurting for him.

“I want to say I have loved being in Australia, I’ve loved working on The Voice and with an incredibly talented group of Australian artists.”

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