Ricky Gervais Tells 'Brutal' Will Smith Joke After Actor Is Banned From Oscars
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Following the announcement the King Richard star wouldn’t be allowed to attend the Academy Awards for a decade, Gervais has chimed in with a quip about the decision.
Sharing the news on Twitter, he wrote: “Hopefully, he’ll only do 6 years with good behaviour.”
The post has received dozens of comments, with one writing: “Six years for slapping Chris Rock and an additional four for Wild Wild West.”
Another wrote: “I think he'll have to swerve Bad Boys 4 just to be on the safe side.”
A third joked: “So they've slapped a ban on him…”
"Hopefully people will take the p*ss even more just to wind him up. We all enjoy a good laugh at other peoples expense. Your jokes are brutal, just the way “God” intended," a fourth said.
Hopefully, he'll only do 6 years with good behaviour. https://t.co/26Et5zsLWA— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) April 8, 2022
Gervais has been outspoken about the incident, which unfolded after Rock made a G.I Jane joke about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett-Smith.
The comedian shared a clip on Twitter from The Office in which he discusses alopecia - the condition that Jada has admitted to having.
Alongside the scene from the BBC series he co-wrote and starred in, he said: “And she's got alopecia. So... not a happy homelife [sic]."
Hopefully people will take the piss even more just to wind him up. We all enjoy a good laugh at other peoples expense. Your jokes are brutal, just the way “God” intended.— David (@DavidLewisRisca) April 8, 2022
During a live Q&A with fans, the After Life creator also condemned Smith’s actions while hitting out at those who describe alopecia as a ‘disability’.
“You don’t hit people over a joke, however bad it is. And it wasn’t bad!” he said. “That was like the tamest joke I would ever have told.”
Anyone who’s watched any of Gervais' stand-up or seen him hosting the Golden Globes will know this to be true.
Gervais continued: “Someone said it was joking about her disability. Well I’m going a bit thin, so I’m disabled. That means I can park right up next to Tescos now.
"And I’m fat. That’s a disease, isn’t it?"
Gervais then joked he should be awarded disability support due to his physical appearance.
“I’m fat and balding,” he said. “I should get f***ing benefits.”
But the 60-year-old The Office creator didn’t stop there, as he also said he wouldn’t have joked about Jada’s alopecia - instead, he would have taken a shot at her boyfriend.
Testing new material at a recent show in Highgate, north London, Gervais said: “I trended when that happened and I was not even there.
“People were going, ‘What would have happened if Ricky Gervais had been doing it [hosting the Oscars]?'"
“Well, nothing,” he added, “as I would not have made a joke about his wife’s hair. I would have made a joke about her boyfriend.”