Friday, April 12, 2024

Ricky Gervais Will NOT Return to “The Office” Before it Ends


Ricky Gervais created “The Office” with partner Stephen Merchant. He also made a couple of cameos during Steve Carell’s final season two years ago. But Ricky told me last night that he won’t be making any more appearances– even though “The Office” will end its run this winter after nine seasons. Ricky told me: “I did it, there’s no need for more.” Ricky also won’t be hosting the Golden Globes this year. “I did it three times, which was two times too many,” he said. Ricky will be succeeded by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who come from NBC shows–the same network that hosts the Globes. Hopefully that won’t curtail their natural irreverence. Meantime, Gervais made a lasting impression last night at “Stand up for Heroes,” doing a bit on How Not to Get AIDS. You can see it on YouTube and on

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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