Ricky Gervais: Hey Hollywood, Stop Whining About Having to Quarantine in Your Mansions
Ricky Gervais, the British comedian known for his broadsides against out-of-touch celebrities, said in a recent interview that famous people complaining about strict stay-at-home orders from their cozy mansions should just zip it.
Gervais pointed out the health care workers have been pulling 14-hour shifts and putting themselves at risk for infection and they’re doing it with grace and skill. And they’re not complaining.
“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,” Gervais told the Sun newspaper.
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Page Six reported that celebs like Ellen DeGeneres, Kelly Ripa and Sam Smith have all either compared their living quarters to jail or broke down in tears on video. Perhaps the most cringe-worthy move from a celebrity so far was from Gal Gadot and her “Imagine” video.
Gervais said that he includes himself in the list of those with no right to complain. He told the paper that his father was a laborer and mother his mother never stopped working. Gervais, who said he had no money growing up, is now worth an estimated $125 million and lives in a $13 million home, the Sun reported.
“Men worked hard, but women worked miracles,” he told the paper. “Because when my dad finished his hard work that was his own time. But my mom didn’t stop working, women didn’t stop working. Carers didn’t stop working, all the women in my family were carers in some respect.”
Gervais came from humble beginnings and said he didn’t have any money until he was 40. But he said he “still had everything” and credited his mother for giving him everything he wanted except money.
“Nothing gives me more of a buzz than to help an animal. I don’t get excited about things. I’m not a hippie or communist, I think money’s for the safety of your family and friends, and you can’t take it with you.”
Gervais is the creator of the wildly famous show “The Office,” but perhaps he is best known for his brutal celebrity roasts when he hosts the Golden Globes. This year, he slammed celebrities for being disingenuous and easily bought.
“Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg, so if you win, come up, accept your award, thank your agent and your God and (expletive) off,” he said.
He mentioned Apple, the computer giant, entering the “TV game” with “The Morning Show,” a “superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing, made by a company that runs sweatshops in China. Well, you say you’re woke but the companies you work for in China — unbelievable. Apple, Amazon, Disney. If ISIS started a streaming service you’d call your agent, wouldn’t you?”