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Ricky Gervais Defends Controversial Show, 'Derek'

The comedian didn't mean any offence

Ricky Gervais Defends Controversial Show, 'Derek'
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Ricky Gervais has defended his show, Derek, following the backlash he received about making fun out of people with learning disabilities.

With the story of the show being described as "a simple, vulnerable man working in an old people's home", many, including Ricky's fellow comedian, Stewart Lee, have made the claim that the character mocks the "mentally handicapped".

However, according to BBC News, the actor and comedian has hit back at the claims, telling Nicky Clark, a disability rights campaigner:

"If I say I don't mean him to be disabled then that's it. A fictional doctor can't come along and prove me wrong. He's different. But then so are a lot of people. He's not the smartest tool in the box but he's cleverer than Father Dougal [from Father Ted], and not as different as Mr Bean.

"He's based on those people you meet who are on the margins of society. Nerds, loners, under achievers."

Derek will air later this week on Channel 4, will you be watching?

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