Ricky Gervais addresses controversial ‘The Office’ comment: ‘It was a joke’

Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais addressed his recent comment about The Office and clarified that it was a joke.

Ricky Gervais found himself in the middle of hot waters after he commented on his show The Office.

The U.K. hit comedy series eventually hit U.S. TV due to its success. However, Gervais recently said that show might be canceled if it was released this time.

In an interview with BBC, he said that The Office would be canceled by now.

“I mean now it would be cancelled. I’m looking forward to when they pick out one thing and try to cancel it. Someone said they might try to cancel it one day, and I say, ‘Good, let them cancel it. I’ve been paid!’,” he said.

He also said that the show’s ratings were once rotten. In 2001, it became the only BBC Two show to ever receive the lowest support from viewers.

His comments made The Office fans criticize him. Some said that the 60-year-old comedian went “overboard” as the show remains one of the most-watched comedy shows in history.

Still, the actor defended himself and took his explanation on his Twitter account.

Why Gervais said The Office might be canceled

On his Twitter account, Gervais clarified that he meant to say that the show would be canceled if they attempted to make it today.

“Just to be clear, I did not say The Office would be canceled if it were made today. That makes no sense. It’s still around. This is my actual quote. “Someone said they might try to cancel it one day, and I said, ‘Good, let them cancel it. I’ve been paid!'” Clearly a joke,” he tweeted.

He added that some jokes on the show sounded racist and transphobic. These issues are currently being debated in the industry, and there are a lot of programs that already ended up getting canceled because of this.

Gervais noted this part in his BBC interview, saying that some comments may seem racial to the viewers.

The Office, if released today, might have ended up facing Little Britain’s fate. The same show earned criticisms due to its sensitive depiction that caused people to call for its removal.

Ricky Gervais starred and wrote the show, so he knows the backlash the show could potentially receive if they did it now.

The U.K. version only had a 14-episode run. Meanwhile, its U.S. adaptation ran for nine seasons from 2005 to 2013.

Featured image courtesy of Thomas Atilla Lewis, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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