Ricky Gervais blessed the sitcom world with the creation of “The Office” and numerous other brilliant shows. But it seems he’s forgotten what made him great as he threw his longtime friend and comedy partner Stephen Merchant under the bus.
Comic genius and self-professed egomaniac Ricky Gervais is the creator of the international smash franchise “The Office” as well as critically acclaimed shows like “Derek“, “An Idiot Abroad,” “Extras” and four masterful stand up comedy tours. Doesn’t mean he’s not a prick.
Stephen Merchant came up with Ricky, first as the producer of his XFM radio show, then as a writing partner in The Office, the world famous podcast series and HBO’s “The Ricky Gervais Show”. Merchant recently landed his own television show, but you’d never know it to take a look at Ricky.
RickyGervais.com is the official personal site for Gervais. Unlike sites for other comedy legends like Bill Maher and Stephen Colbert, the site is not owned by a large corporation with very specific interests. If Ricky wants to promote something, believe me, it’s plugged faster than Auntie Nora’s face on Christmas day.
Ricky has plugged his books, tv shows, behind the scenes snippets for upcoming movies in which he has even bit roles, and absolutely everything Karl Pilkington has ever done.
So why does Karl Pilkington’s cleverly inane ramblings get full mention while Merchant’s quirkly, insightful show draw narry a mention? Well the cynic in me would guess it’s because Gervais makes as much money as Pilkington on every project, if not more, and Merchant’s “Hello Ladies” is a wholly independent project.
Ricky Gervais has a net worth estimated at $80 million, but he can’t spare a mention for his partner in crime who undeniably helped him reach his pinnacle?
When I go to RickyGervais.com, I don’t go to see Ricky Gervais, but rather the whole package. I go to see Ricky Gervais, Karl Pilkington, and yes, even (if not especially) Stephen Merchant.
Maybe Ricky doesn’t like the show and doesn’t want to tarnish his brand by endorsing it. Unlikely, the show’s briliant. Maybe he wanted a taste of the action and he’s bitter about it, but with $80 million in the bank, you’re getting a bit greedy if that’s the case. Or maybe Ricky has just outgrown Merchant, which would be a genuine tragedy since they’re so damn good when they share the screen.
Gervais has enough space to show clips from The Muppets that aren’t even going to be in the movie, but he can’t review, link or mention the show on his site. I checked the Ricky Gervais Twitter feed and apparently he can’t even drop a 10-second Tweet about the show.
An endorsement from Ricky Gervais can literally make or break a show that’s teetering on the edge, and all new shows are teetering on the edge.
I get it, he’s rich and I’m just a critic. Fair enough. But I support my friends and my colleagues who make me successful, even when there’s no payday in it for me.
For those of you reading this who are Ricky Gervais, come on man, do the right thing. For the rest of you, check out Hello Ladies Sundays at 10:30pm on HBO. Tell them Glossy News sent you. They can’t hear you, usually, so you have to shout it especially loudly at your television.