Pilkington starred in the first series of the Channel 4 comedy as caretaker Dougie, but will play a much smaller role in the upcoming second run.
"If you saw him in the first series, [he was] sweating [with nerves]," Gervais explained. "He couldn't really act with other people, 'cos he was so nervous. I honestly didn't know whether to hug him or put him down!"
Though Pilkington only shot two days on Derek series two, Gervais argued that the character of Dougie "wasn't really integral" to the show.
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