Ricky Gervais Calls For Knighthoods To Go To Carers, Nurses And Charity Workers
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Ricky Gervais has called for knighthoods for carers, nurses and charity workers.
The comedian was joking about the prospect of him being honoured for his career, saying he was not deserving of the coveted title.
A fan on Twitter had praised the Office creator for his 24 Emmy nominations.
Responding to the post on Twitter, the 59-year-old said: "Still no f***ing knighthood."
But with a certain number of people not getting that he was making a joke, Gervais then added: "It seems some people think I really want a knighthood.
"I'm joking. Those sort of honours should go to nurses, carers and charity workers. Not idiots like me who are already over rewarded. (Unless I can wear armour and carry a sword, in which case I'm interested)."
But despite his aversion to being honoured, lots of his fans said he deserved it.
Commenting on the post, one user said: "You absolutely deserve one. Aside from the entertainment you provide, your shows like After Life really emotionally support people. Also, your animal activism is amazing."
Another put: "I think After Life helps loads of people in difficult times, so that's worthy of knighthood."
While a third added: "You should be knighted. You are the pure hearted baby man angel this world needs and has always been. Our world IS kinder place for you, good sir!!!"
Others backed his call for emergency workers and carers to receive awards for their efforts, especially after this year.
Commenting on the post, one user said: "Totally agree the honours system needs an overhaul. I am not interested in knighted entertainers, sportspeople and politicians. More normal hard working people and wealth generators, fund raisers, doctors, nurses, soldiers, loyal long-serving public servants should get the rewards."
Earlier this year, it was announced that Captain Tom Moore would receive a knighthood for helping raise £33 million for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.
The 100-year-old did 100 laps of his back garden in Bedfordshire and captured the attention and hearts of the world in the midst of lockdown.
He was promoted to honorary Colonel when he became a centenarian.
And UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson recommended to the Queen that Colonel Tom get knighted.
"Colonel Tom's fantastic fundraising broke records, inspired the whole country and provided us all with a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus," he said in a statement.
"On behalf of everyone who has been moved by his incredible story, I want to say a huge thank you. He's a true national treasure."