Ricky Gervais slams celebrities complaining about being locked inside 'mansions with swimming pool'

Ricky Gervais slams celebrities complaining about being locked inside 'mansions with swimming pool'
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It seems Ricky Gervais is not taking any nonsense from wealthy celebrities as he slammed them for whining about having to stay indoors in their lavish homes with swimming pools while NHS workers are losing their lives amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

In his recent interview with The Sun, the comedian said privileged people, including himself, should not complain about the lockdown, instead, he said Britain should be lining up on a Thursday evening to applaud our NHS heroes. “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. But 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,” he said.

“I didn’t go out much anyway, and there’s always too much booze in the house. It’s always been the 6 pm watershed for as long as I remember. Obviously, I am looking at the watch,” the 58-year-old mentioned.

Though Gervais did not take the name of any particular celebrity in the interview, The Sun noted that pop star Sam Smith broke down before his 15 million followers on Instagram in his $14.9 million (£12million) house, complaining about being at home.

During the interview, the funnyman also dropped some light on his previous life as he said, “I was the fourth child of an immigrant laborer. My dad worked on building sites all his life until he was 70. He got up every day at 5.30 am. 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.”

“I had no money growing up, I didn’t have any until I was 40. But I still had everything. My mum, she gardened, she grew, she cooked, she sewed, she knitted, she decorated, she did everything she could. And she gave me everything I wanted except money. I also realized 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 the NHS,” Gervais added.

In the related news, Piers Morgan has agreed with Gervais and he said he also did not want to hear from celebrities complaining about their lives from their multi-million-pound mansions. “Ricky Gervais has spoken for all of us, or certainly for me today. I don’t want to hear it either. You look at some celebrities who have done amazing things, using their power and influence for real good. And others post these videos, Madonna from her mansion, from her rose petal, candle-lit bath wailing away as if this could improve morale instead of destroying it,” Morgan said while speaking on his ‘Good Morning Britain’ show.

“It’s a very interesting realignment of priorities here, where people have been reminded who the real stars of society are and we’ve got very intolerant actually of those who seemed important before,” the 55-year-old added.

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