Ricky Gervais praised for 'not complaining' during lock-down

Ricky Gervais is praised as he says he ‘won’t complain’ about his world tour being cancelled while ‘NHS nurses are risking their lives enduring 14-hour shifts’ – after hitting out at celebrities moaning during lockdown

  • Ricky Gervais appeared on This Morning and said his world tour was postponed
  • Insisted he was ‘fine’ and wouldn’t complain as NHS nurses risk their lives daily
  • Comedian, 58, previously lambasted millionaire celebrities for lecturing public 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Ricky Gervais has been praised by This Morning viewers after revealing that he would not complain about his world tour being cancelled while NHS nurses endure 14-hour shifts fighting the coronavirus.  

The comedian, 58, appeared on the show to promote his new series of the hit Netflix show ‘After Life’, and said that while some of his work has been postponed as the world recovers from the coronavirus crisis, he’s completely ‘fine’.  

One NHS nurse who was watching while at home suffering with coronavirus praised the comedian, admitting his comments raised her spirits, while another viewer said his interview on the show was ‘going down a storm’.  

This comes after the star publicly ridiculed stars such as Sam Smith, 27, who caused a furore when he broke down in tears on Instagram from self-isolation in his £12million London home. 

Ricky Gervais, 58, appeared on This Morning today and insisted that while some of his work has been postponed while the world recovers from the coronavirus crisis, he’s completely ‘fine’

Last month Sam Smith appeared to be crying after spending time inside the house amid the coronavirus pandemic

When asked whether he was busy with work, Ricky said: ‘My world tour is postponed, so I’ve got to fit that in somehow,  so it’s all up in the air at the moment. 

‘But as I said before, you won’t hear me complaining when there are nurses doing 14-hour shifts, I’m fine’.   

Responding to his interview, one nurse said: ‘Love Ricky, I’m a frontline NHS nurse and I’m home with coronavirus, feeling pretty poo, Ricky has been cheering me up with his videos and of course afterlife 2 x thank you’. 

Another agreed: ‘Ricky Gervais on this morning it’s going down a storm.’ 

One NHS nurse who was watching while at home suffering with coronavirus praised the comedian, insisting his comments have raised her spirits, while another viewer said his interview on the show was ‘going down a storm’ 

A third added: ‘After a long and tough week at work, and with a weekend off, I binge watched After Life. What a gem it is. Went through every emotion possible. Thank you Ricky. What a true genius you are. Cannot wait for series 3.’ 

Prior to these comments, the writer hit out at celebrities for whining about having to self-isolate while NHS staff risk their lives to battle Covid-19.

Ricky told The Sun: ‘[NHS staff] are doing 14-hour shifts and not complaining. Wearing masks, and being left with sores, after risking their own health and their families’ health selflessly.

‘But then I see someone complaining about being in a mansion with a swimming pool. And, you know, honestly, I just don’t want to hear it.’

In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, the comedian slammed the the infamous Imagine video filmed by Gal Gadot and her A-list pals.


Out of touch: The 58-year-old comedian began with looking back at the infamous Imagine video filmed by Gal Gadot and her A-list pals such as Will Ferrell 

The actress had enlisted a host of stars to sing the John Lennon classic with her, in a stunt that was branded ‘out of touch’ by many social media users.

‘It was an awful rendition, but they might have been doing it for good reasons, to help these normal nobodies.

‘But they’re going “My film’s coming up and I’m not on telly – I need to be in the public eye”, not all of them but some of them.

‘You can see in their eye – “I could cry at the beauty of my personality, I’m just so beautiful for doing this” and everyone sees that – we get it.’ 

He then turned his attention on stars such as Sam Smith, who have lamented having to self-isolate in their mansions during the crisis. 

Referencing celebrities who have publicly wallowed in sadness about the lockdown, Ricky said: ‘There are people in high rise blocks with three kids – I can’t complain, this is why millionaires in their mansions with their gym and going for a swim can’t lecture people.

He concluded: ‘People are sick of being lectured, multi-millionaires telling them to clean out their coffee jar and put it in the right bin – they know those celebs are taking private jets to their private islands. They are sick of it.’ 

Ricky is currently promoting the second season of his hit Netflix comedy-drama, After Life, where he plays a grieving widower called Tony 

Ricky is currently promoting the second season of his hit Netflix comedy-drama, After Life, and he explained that while there is pressure being the sole creator of the series, he’s had a great response from those going through grief currently. 

‘Ten years ago if someone was offended you’d say, okay I’ll look into it, now you just say – well yeah everyone is, don’t worry about it. 

‘Because I don’t believe half the people are offended, I think they just want to be heard, just because you’re offended it doesn’t mean your right. 

‘Some people are offended by equality, it doesn’t mean your right. And some people are just offended because they’re taboo subjects. 

‘People who are grieving love this show, because they want to recognise something in TV. No harm comes from discussing taboo subjects, it’s how you do it.’

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