Ricky Gervais shares real reason he turns down £5m to host weddings for billionaires
Ricky Gervais reveals he’s turned down requests from billionaires
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Comedian Ricky Gervais does not want to host events for the super rich and has turned down offers totalling £5 million in the past. The Office star, who celebrated his 60th birthday on Friday, said turning down gigs for billionaires made him feel guilty, as the money could have gone to charity.
Ricky made his comments during an appearance on BBC Radio 5 Live earlier this week.
When asked if he’d ever been asked to host a wedding or bar mitzvah for a billionaire, Ricky revealed that he had.
However, he went on to say that he regularly turns them down, before explaining the reasons behind his decision.
“I turn them all down – not because I think it’s beneath me, but because I wouldn’t enjoy it.
“I even feel guilty about doing it now, because I think that’s a day’s work and I could give this £5 million to charity.”
He went on to talk about an earlier experience which has put him off hosting similar events in the future.
“When I first started out I did one. The Office had been out for a week and I got this big paid corporate event.
“I remember thinking, ‘I’ve got to take this’ because the pay was the same that my dad made in a year for 15 minutes,” he told host Nihal Arthanayake.
“I guilt tripped myself into having to do it, but I hated it, every minute of it – some drunk marketing managers.
I thought, ‘I’m never going to do that again’.”
Ricky found fame in 2001 following the success of BBC Two programme The Office, which he co-created, co-wrote and starred in.
He had previously performed stand-up comedy and over the years hosted a number of high profile events such as the prestigious American award show, the Golden Globes.
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More recently, he has worked on Netflix comedy After Life.
Ricky plays the lead role of Tony Johnson and is also the creator and executive producer of the series.
Following his success, the Derek star is set to be honoured with a Hollywood star .
He was named in the Walk of Fame Class of 2022 list alongside Ewan McGregor, Michael B. Jordan and Macaulay Culkin.
A local newspaper from Ricky’s hometown wrote an article about the Reading-born star and he tweeted the news.
“My mum would have been proud.
“Not about me being [a] global megastar. Being in The Reading Chronicle, I mean,” he wrote alongside the post.
The TV star’s mother Sophia died of lung cancer in 2000 at the age of 74.
His father Lawrence, who worked as a labourer and hod carrier, sadly died two years later.
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