In a new interview, Ricky Gervais reflected on responses he's seeing to life in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic. Namely, he wants to hear more praise for underappreciated healthcare workers - but he also want to hear less from celebrities.
Coronavirus: Ricky Gervais on healthcare workers and celebrities
In the interview, Gervais insisted on his gratitude toward healthcare works. "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," Gervais told The Sun.
"These people 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," he said.
He then took aim at certain celebrities who he feels have made tone-deaf statements. "I see someone complaining about being in a mansion with a swimming pool," he said. "And, you know, honestly, I just don’t want to hear it."
Gervais is never one to shy away from criticizing celebrities. The comedian and actor is known for his notorious hosting gigs at the Golden Globe Awards, where he freely insults stars and points of hypocrisies of the entertainment world.
This time around Gervais didn't name names, but stars such as Ellen DeGeneres and Justin Timberlake have been criticized for jokes and comments on their lives in quarantine.
Ricky Gervais opens up about life pre-fame
Gervais also comes from humble origins, which he touched on in the interview. "I was the fourth child of an immigrant labourer. My dad worked on building sites all his life, until he was 70. He got up every day at 5:30 a.m.," he said.
"Men worked hard, but women worked miracles. Because when my dad finished his work that was his own time. But my mum 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. I had no money growing up, I didn’t have any until I was 40. But I still had everything."
This upbringing has given Gervais perspective, which he feels is especially necessary now that many aspects of life have been limited during quarantine.