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Sunday 25 January 2015

Gervais: I don't need TV bosses

Ricky Gervais says he's happy to put his future TV shows on Twitter
Ricky Gervais says he's happy to put his future TV shows on Twitter

Ricky Gervais has said he doesn't need TV bosses to like his sitcoms - because he can put his shows on Twitter.

The funnyman, whose new show Derek is on Channel 4 following a pilot last year, is already in talks with YouTube about making a show for them.

Ricky has insisted he'll make more episodes of Derek even if the broadcaster doesn't want it, the Daily Mirror reported.

"Whether Channel 4 wants it or not, I will be doing another six episodes," he said. "I don't need them, I've got four million Twitter users. I can just put it on there."

He added: "The times they are a changing. TV channels must embrace it and use it."

The creator of The Office and Extras dismissed the controversy surrounding Derek, in which he plays a man who appears to have learning difficulties, saying: "There is nothing you can say that someone won't find offensive, literally nothing."

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