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Monday 4 May 2015

Gervais for US remake of The Office

Ricky Gervais is resurrecting his role as David Brent
Ricky Gervais is resurrecting his role as David Brent

Ricky Gervais is to make a guest appearance in the US version of The Office, playing blundering boss David Brent.

The comic will come face-to-face with Steve Carell who plays his counterpart, Michael Scott, in the US remake of the hit BBC show.

Writing on his blog, Ricky confirmed the news and said: "Blink and you'll miss it, but just a little thanks to Steve Carell. A pleasure to work with the great man."

The British star became a worldwide name when he co-wrote, directed and starred in the original version of The Office as the well-meaning but foolish Brent.

Earlier this week, he was criticised for delivering a string of acerbic put-downs while hosting the Golden Globes.

Ricky was condemned for making near-the-knuckle jokes at the expense of shocked Hollywood A-listers in the audience.

He cracked jokes about Charlie Sheen and Robert Downey Jr and also talked about Scientology and gay celebrities pretending to be straight while hosting the show.

Alec Baldwin was seen wiping a tear from his eye at the wisecracks, while Robert De Niro, who was handed a lifetime achievement award, dissolved in laughter.

But the New York Daily News called him "tasteless, bordering on nasty", while the LA Times said his jokes set "a corrosive tone" for the night.

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