While Ricky Gervais isn’t exactly everyone’s cup of tea, the comedic funnyman claims he’s making money off his Twitter trolls without them even realising. So, next time you think about engaging Gervais in a row, just think — you’re actually lining his pockets.
Remembered for that iconic dance scene and his role as David Brent on The Office, Gervais has since gone on to land roles in the likes of Ghost Town, Muppets Most Wanted, and the Night at the Museum movies. Recently, the satirical comedian landed his own show on Netflix with the brilliantly funny After Life.
Up there with James Corden, Gervais is one of the most marmite men out there. Appearing on LBC‘s Full Disclosure podcast, Gervais explained how he’s cashed in on his controversial reputation.
The 57-year-old told host James O’Brien: “I even monetise it because some of the most ridiculous tweets are talked about, and I couldn’t work out how much that tweet is worth to me but it’s lots.”
He confessed that while he often “falls into a trap” with Twitter trolls, his 13 million followers can’t get enough of the drama. Discussing how it works, O’Brien said, “[The tweets] end up in your shows, yes of course.”
“Five minutes worth of material that makes a Netflix special. That’s worth six-figures. That’s a six-figure source right there in 140 characters!”
“Exactly! Played to 800,000 people,” agreed Gervais. “Yeah, yeah. You could say trolls have me made hundreds of thousands of pounds each, and so I should thank them!”
Reviews have been pretty kind to After Life, with some calling it his best work since The Office. The tragic comedy follows Gervais as the downtrodden Tony — a man coming to terms with life after the death of his wife. Alongside scenes of breast milk making people vomit, After Life has a warm heart at its core.
Despite his latest show becoming an overnight sensation, it doesn’t sound like Gervais needs the money. He seems more than happy cashing in on your abusive tweets.
[Featured Image: BBC/Netflix]