Ricky Gervais has a message for celebs who are complaining about isolating in their lavish mansions: “I just don’t want to hear it”.
In a recent interview with The Sun, the 58-year-old actor pulled no punches over celebrities who say they’re struggling to remain indoors, like Ellen DeGeneres, but praised the efforts of healthcare workers, saying they are the real heroes.
“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,” he explained.
“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.”
He then remarked that he’s doing just fine given he’s not very sociable anyway.
“I didn’t go out much anyway, and there’s always too much booze in the house.
“It’s always been the 6pm watershed for as long as I remember. Obviously, I am looking at the watch,” he joked.
Gervais explained that, despite his now-success, he’s never forgotten that it wasn’t always easy, noting that he “had no money growing up, I didn’t have any until I was 40.”
He was especially grateful for his hardworking mother, who he says made sure his family wanted for nothing… except cash.
“Men worked hard, but women worked miracles,” he said.
“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.”