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Netflix Defends Chappelle, Gervais As It Launches ’Snowflake Mountain’

Despite initially backing away from Dave Chappelle after his controversial comedy special, The Closer, sparked online backlash and an employee walkout, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos doubled down on his defense of the comedian and Ricky Gervais. Both comics have been criticized for repeatedly joking about the transgender community, and Sarandos made it clear that Netflix […]

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Ricky Gervais sparks concern with flushed pic as fans remark his face looks ‘painful’

The star also knowingly added an angel emoji with the hashtag #AfterLife. He also retweeted a post from TV Choice’s official account, which told fans: “Don’t forget to vote in the 2022 #tvchoiceawards. “Today our chosen category is BEST COMEDY PERFORMANCE.” The post included a link to the website where fans can vote. The comic […]

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Ricky Gervais, 60, asks fans to help him ‘win another award before I die’ amid health woes

Speaking about how he was left bedridden following a game of tennis in Italy, Ricky added that Jane was forced to act as caregiver again when he was unable to even make it to the bathroom.  He said: “It’s probably happened ten times significantly in 30 years, usually when I’m putting a toothbrush back or […]

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Ricky Gervais laughs in the face of cancel culture for Netflix special

‘Ricky Gervais: SuperNature’It’s been so long since the British comic incinerated the elite at the Golden Globes that you might have assumed he’s gone soft. This stand-up special proves that’s not the case. Following his pussycat sitcom “After Life,” he’s back in attack-dog mode, taking on the trans community, overweight people and even disabled toddlers. […]

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Some members of trans community support Ricky Gervais amid Netflix backlash

Ricky Gervais’ latest stand-up special on Netflix has caused a Twitter uproar after he was accused of telling “transphobic” jokes, but some member of the trans community have spoken out in support of him. The Office co-creator’s latest stand-up show, titled SuperNature, is dividing opinions online as the debate rages on as to whether the […]

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After Backlash Over Ricky Gervais Special, Netflix Co-CEO Offers More Thoughts On Dave Chappelle And Stand-Up

Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos very publicly came to the defense of Dave Chappelle and more generally, artistic freedom when his stand-up special attracted more than its share of controversy over the inclusion of jokes some deemed transphobic. Now, the popular streaming service is at the center of another round of finger-pointing thanks to a Ricky […]

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Tom Hanks’ feud with Ricky Gervais laid bare: ‘He’s on his high horse’

Hollywood favourite Tom Hanks is on the red carpet at the 75th Cannes Film Festival this week as he promotes ‘Elvis’, a new film following the rise of music legend Elvis Presley. Hanks plays Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker, and is barely recognisable as the weighty character with a Dutch accent and shave head. He […]

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Netflix: “Nobody would say” Ricky Gervais’ comedy “isn’t thoughtful or smart”

Left: Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Netflix), Right: Ricky Gervais (Arnold Turner/Getty Images for Netflix) Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos wasted no time quintupling—are we at “quintuple” at this point? Hextupling? Infinitupling?—down on his support for comedians Dave Chappelle and Ricky Gervais this weekend, referring to his defense of the presence of both […]

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Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Defends Ricky Gervais, Dave Chappelle: ‘Nobody Would Say That What He Does Isn’t Thoughtful or Smart’

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos has offered further defense for the streamer’s curation of stand-up comedy specials from Ricky Gervais and Dave Chappelle, both of which have been criticized for including language that is considered transphobic. In an interview with Maureen Dowd at The New York Times, Sarandos reaffirmed his stance on airing the specials, saying […]

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Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos Defends Dave Chappelle, Ricky Gervais Free Speech: “It Used To Be A Very Liberal Issue”

In a wide-ranging interview published today in the New York Times, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos has doubled down on his prior defenses of artistic freedom, backing comedians Dave Chappelle and Ricky Gervais. Both comics are under fire in some quarters for perceived digs at transgender people. The controversies prompted some Netflix employees to stage an […]