Ricky Gervais has said he’s sick of hearing rich celebrities moan about isolating in their mansions while the NHS fight the coronavirus to save lives.
The 58 year old comedian, who is worth an estimated £110 million himself, explained that he doesn’t want to hear people complain about porters, nurses or the welfare state after the pandemic has been and gone.
Speaking in an interview, he said: “After this is over I never want to hear people moaning about the welfare state again, I never want to hear people moaning about nurses again. Or porters.
“These people are doing 14-hour shifts and not complaining. Wearing masks, and being left with sores, after risking their own health and their families’ health selflessly.”
Continuing his rant, he turned his attention towards his fellow celebrities who are able to isolate in beautiful mansions with all the luxuries money can buy.
He said: “Then I see someone complaining about being in a mansion with a swimming pool. And, you know, honestly, I just don’t want to hear it.”
While Ricky has risen in fame and made his millions off his comedy shows and acting career across popular shows like The Office and After Life, he hasn’t always been wealthy.
Speaking about his roots, he explained that his father, Lawrence, was a labourer and his mother, Eva, was a carer. He said: “Men worked hard, but women worked miracles. Because when my dad finished his work that was his own time.
“But my mum didn’t stop working, women didn’t stop working. Carers didn’t stop working, all the women in my family were carers in some respect.”
He also said that it wasn’t until he was about 40 that he started seeing the financial benefit for his hard work as a comedian and actor.
Ricky said his fortune is all thanks to his mum, who gave him “everything I wanted except money.”
He ended his interview with The Sun by adding that he soon realised that all the best things in life come free.
The Invention of Lying actor said: “I also realised growing up that all the best things were free – friends, nature, learning and healthcare. And that’s why I gladly pay my taxes. And that’s why I clap the NHS.”