Ricky Gervais Slaps Hollywood Stars for Complaining They're Stuck in Their Mansions

(Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

FILE – In this Dec. 15, 2014 file photo, actor Ricky Gervais poses for photographers upon arrival for the premiere of the film “Night at the Museum, Secret of the Tomb” in London. Gervais is set to notch his fourth turn as host of the Golden Globe Awards. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and NBC announced Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, that the sharp-tongued humorist and film star will preside over the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, set for January 10, 2016. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)




Ricky Gervais has a way with words, especially when they’re fierce and aimed at his fellow rich stars.

In an interview with The Sun, the 58-year-old took aim at elites complaining about being quarantined — in their multimillion dollar homes.

There’s been a bit of that lately — for example, as reported by Fox News, “Ellen DeGeneres returned to do her talk show from home where she caught backlash for joking that being in quarantine is like a prison. Meanwhile, Sam Smith and Kelly Ripa got emotional during video interviews while talking about the struggles of staying at home.”

Must be tough.

I’m not sure which prison Ellen’s currently confined to, but she purchased this one last year:

Looks like Shawshank.

Here’s Ricky, with a tip of his hat to our heroes in this time of coronavirus crisis — healthcare workers:

“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. 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. 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.”


Looking at Ellen’s house above (and to be clear, I like her), there’s a word most people would use for an extended stay there: vacation.

Actually: Dream vacation.

So how’s Ricky taking isolation? It’s not much different than his usual mode:

“I didn’t go out much anyway, and there’s always too much booze in the house. It’s always been the 6 p.m. watershed for as long as I remember. Obviously, I am looking at the watch.”

Gervais also took time to recall his humble beginnings, pointing out he “had no money growing up.” In fact, he said, “I didn’t have any until I was 40.”

He grew up the youngest of four, with “an immigrant laborer” dad who “got up every day at 5.30 a.m.” and worked on building sites ’til he was 70.

But as a child, he had all he needed — thanks in particular to his mom’s miraculous hard work:

“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. … My mum, she gardened, she grew, she cooked, she sewed, she knitted, she decorated, she did everything she could. And she gave me everything I wanted except money. I also realised growing up that all the best things were free…”



He’s never forgotten his modest roots. And the guy’s always good for some ribbing of the rich and famous, and some deflating of overgrown egos.

In January, he ripped self-important Tinseltowners with a scathing Hollywood review:

I like this guy.

Keep it up, Ricky. Keep ’em humble.



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