Kathie Lee & Hoda: Ricky Gervais & “Derek”
Kathie Lee and Hoda welcomed Ricky Gervais to talk about his Netflix series Derek. He has been the host of the Golden Globes for three years in a row and worked on shows such as The Office in the UK before it became a hit American TV show.
His Netflix series Derek is now in its second season but he doesn’t know if he should call it a comedy or a drama. “What’s life,” he said. “It’s funny and then something sad happens.”
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Ricky Gervais on Playing Derek
Ricky Gervais shared that he loved playing the character Derek because he has no filter and is not burdened by peer pressure.
There’s been a bit of criticism from people saying Gervais is making fun of the person he’s playing, but Gervais said that’s not the case at all. He said he wishes Derek was real and that he was friends with him. “He’s so sweet and it’s so uplifting as well.”
There’s been some criticism by people saying he’s making fun of the person. He said he wishes Derek was real and that he was friends with him. “He’s so sweet and it’s so uplifting as well,” Gervais said.
He said he loves being on set with the older characters in their 80s and 90s. He even works alongside the oldest working actor in Britain, at the age of 95.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Ricky Gervais Public Apologies
Earlier in the show, Kathie Lee & Hoda talked about celebrities having to make public apologies for their comments or actions. They asked Ricky was his opinion was of the issue.
He said there seems to be a culture of everyone being the judge and the jury and he doesn’t think it means much. He said if it’s private conversations that are being overheard and shared, it’s mean to be private and that information shouldn’t be shared in the first place.
But he also said if it’s someone with a platform or someone who’s a role model, then they need to come out and apologize if they said something controversial.
Not everyone can be like his character Derek and just say whatever they want all the time. As Ricky said, Derek is the best of all of us, before we get burdened by what is expected of us.