Ricky Gervais has criticised the "six or seven journalists" who have been predicting the end of his career and launched an unlikely attack on horse-racing, which he said involved the animals being "slaughtered for fun".
Derek, an autograph hunter who works in a care home, a character Gervais first performed a decade ago, has been criticised ahead of its broadcast for mocking people with learning disabilities.
Gervais said he "never considered him disabled", describing him as a "funny little nerd". The creator of Extras and The Office added that he was "bored" by the controversy which has been generated by his latest project. »
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