The creator of the Oscars gift bags, which Ricky Gervais condemned, has hit back After the live Star and called him a “hypocrite”.
On Sunday (March 27), Gervais issued a scathing statement about the gift bags handed out at the ceremony, said to be worth more than $100,000 (£76,000).
The criticism came as part of the opening speech he imagined he would give if he had been chosen to host the Oscars.
“Hello. I hope this show helps cheer up regular viewers at home,” Gervais wrote on Twitter. “For example, if you’re unemployed, you can take the comfort that your salary probably wouldn’t be as high as the stupid one Bag that all actors just got, even if they had a job.”
He continued, “I am proud to announce that this is the most diverse and progressive Academy Awards ever. When I look outside I see people from all walks of life. Every population under the sun. Except for poor people, of course. F*** her.”
The makers of the gift bags reacted to Gervais’ criticism in a similarly brutal manner.
Lash Fary, Founder of Distinctive Assets, narrates metro: “Ricky Gervais is a talented comedian, so it’s no surprise that I find the hypocrisy of his ‘goody bag tweet’ hilarious.
“While we don’t spend any money to purchase any of the items in our gift bags (much like advertising, this is simply a brand ad campaign), the value is indeed substantial… but not nearly as high as Ricky’s recent Netflix deal, the remainders he receives for The office or his multi-million dollar home.”
Farry then picked up Gervais’ original tweet, saying, “So if you’re unemployed, take comfort in the fact that your salary probably wouldn’t be what Ricky Gervais makes on a single episode, even if you had a job from.” After the live.”
Gervais responded to the article with a laughing, crying emoji. Meanwhile, David Baddiel showed his support for the comedian, writing: “Bit weird. I don’t think you implied any A-list celebrity would *live* in the grab bag.”
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It is not known how much Gervais was paid by Netflix for his hit series After the live. However, in 2020 the outlet reported that sources said the streaming giant had offered him £5million to write and star in a new season. The third season was released in January of this year.
The Independent has reached out to representatives from Fary and Gervais for comment.
Viewers and stars are still stunned by the events of the Oscars, which saw Will Smith slap presenter Chris Rock onstage after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s baldness. She has previously been open about her battle with alopecia.
You can follow all of the live updates on the controversy here, including Rock’s first comments since the incident.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/ricky-gervais-oscars-gift-bags-b2047894.html Ricky Gervais: Creator of the £76,000 Oscar gift bags has had a scathing response to the comedian’s criticism