Ricky Gervais, who has never been one to hold back on his opinions of celebrities, has taken a subtle, yet savage swipe at James Corden in his latest Netflix show.
The British actor and comedian has given us plenty of laughs over the years, primarily in the UK’s The Office, in his stand-up shows, and in movies such as The Invention of Lying.
Because, while most people find the comedian’s jokes to be hilarious, others think quite the opposite.
He’s kind to animals but makes jokes that many consider to be “sexist,” “racist.” and often downright “cruel.”
But his favorite topic?
Well, it’s tearing into the rich and famous, of course.
He is infamously known for keeping it real.
The comedian has never been one for generic “A-lister antics”, so many of his gags are based around calling out and humiliating these types of people.
So here’s a quick rundown of a few of the many controversial things that Ricky has said regarding his fellow celebrities over the years.
Ricky Gervais has hosted the Golden Globes on several occasions and, each time, he told at least one joke that went down pretty badly with his star-studded audience.
In 2010, Gervais spoke about the reach of Hollywood:
“Actors aren’t just loved here in Hollywood, they are loved the world over. You could be in the third world and get a glimpse of a Hollywood star and it could make you feel a little bit better. You could be a little Asian child with no possessions and no money. But you could see a picture of Angelina Jolie and you’d think, ‘Mummy!’”
“It’s going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking – or as Charlie Sheen calls it: breakfast,” Gervais joked.
Later in the show, Ricky took aim at Hugh Hefner and his wife-to-be:
“Talking of The Walking Dead, congratulations to Hugh Hefner, who is getting married at age eighty-four to twenty-four-year-old beauty Crystal Harris. When asked why she was marrying him, she said, ‘He lied about his age. He told me he was ninety-four’. Just don’t look at it when you touch it.”
This time, the comedian suggested that Madonna’s song, “Like A Virgin” was at odds with her love life and made a quip about Jodie Foster, an actress who starred alongside Mel Gibson in The Beaver and who just so happens to be a lesbian:
“Jodie Foster’s Beaver,” he said, “I haven’t seen it myself. I’ve spoken to a lot of guys here, they haven’t seen it either”.
More must have loved it, because he was back in 2016… And this one was real bad.
Gervais claimed that he would take it easy with the controversial comments that year, saying that he’d “changed”.
“Not as much as Bruce Jenner, obviously,” he added. “She became a role model for trans people everywhere, showing great bravery in breaking down barriers and destroying stereotypes. She didn’t do a lot for women drivers, but you can’t do everything,” referring to a car crash that Caitlyn was involved in 2015. It gets worse…
When Gervais’ stand up comedy show, Humanity hit Netflix…
He continued his Caitlyn Jenner thread.
“She’s always identified as a woman. That means she’s a woman. Fine, if that’s the rules. If you feel you’re a woman, you are. I’m not a bigot who thinks having all that done is science going too far. In fact, I don’t think it’s going far enough. ’Cause I’ve always identified as a chimp, right? Well, I am a chimp. If I say I’m a chimp, I am a chimp pre-op. But don’t ever dead-name me. Don’t call me Ricky Gervais again. From now on, you call me Bobo.”
A dead name is a trans person’s name before the transition was made. According to Indy100, Gervais used it fifteen times in Humanity.
So, evidently, Gervais couldn’t care less is he offends people.
All in the name of comedy, right?
And, , of course, , Gervais has weighed in on the behavior of celebrities during the lockdown, too.
And, let’s just say, he is less than impressed.
The comedian is self-isolating at home with his long-term partner, Jane, and his only address has been one Instagram message, which read:
“Stay well. Take vitamins. Wash your hands. Don’t be selfish. Make sure an elderly relative has everything they need. Some are too proud to ask. Be sensible. Drink at home. Everything you love doing you can do in a few weeks. Cheers.”
Speaking to the British tabloid, The Sun, Gervais said:
“After this is over I never want to hear people moaning about the welfare state again, I never want to hear people moaning about nurses again. Or porters.”
Not our privileged celebrities.
“These people are doing fourteen-hour shifts and not complaining. Wearing masks, and being left with sores, after risking their own health and their families’ health selflessly.”
“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.”
You tell them, Ricky!
And, to further ease people’s quarantine woes, Gervais has released the second season of his much-loved show, After Life.
The first season of the dark comedy was a roaring success, and the second is looking to be going the same way, with it receiving an overwhelmingly positive response in its first week.
He just had to use his new show as a golden opportunity to take a swipe at one of his most disliked celebrities.
Now, the much-loved Corden has come under Ricky’s fire a couple of times in the past, with the comedian slamming Corden’s attempt at emulating his hosting style at awards and making thinly veiled digs at his career choices, suggesting he’s sold out by hosting a chat show.
Oh, and we all remember what he had to say about his Cats performance.
At the Golden Globes (obviously), Gervais casually said:
“The world got to see James Corden as a fat pussy… He was also in Cats.”
No, you’re laughing.
Now, fans are convinced that Ricky has taken another dig at Corden in the second series of After Life… Through the use of one of the characters.
James, the needy, attention-seeking work experience boy.
But he’s mainly just an incredibly annoying mommy’s boy, who is constantly seeking the praise and approval from his peers and colleagues.
Though Gervais hasn’t actually confirmed that the character is based on James Corden, fans are certain that the character was written as a deliberate dig to the Late Late Show host.
The resemblence is a little uncanny.
Obviously, James hasn’t responded to any of them.
Never change, Ricky.
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