Veteran British comedian John Cleese prefers living in California than Britain, because it protects him from the notoriously vicious UK press.

The MONTY PYTHON star also adores his ranch in Santa Barbara because of the agreeable climate and the fact he's near his family.

John says, "My stepson's in Ventura, 20 minutes away. My older daughter's in Santa Monica, married to ED SOLOMAN, who wrote Men In Black.

"Combine that with the weather, the fact the well-paid work is here, I'm outside the ambit of the UK press, and I'm not that well-known here - that's why I stay."

29/09/2003 21:04