Ricky Gervais breaks silence after joke about terminally ill kids sparks fury

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Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live’s Nihal Arthanayake today, he defended his remarks standing firmly with his choice of words. He said: “In the actual skit, I say ‘I’ve been doing a lot of video messages lately for terminally ill children. Only if they request it. I don’t burst into hospitals and say, ‘wake up baldy’.”

The clip from the comic’s “Make-A-Wish” skit outraged viewers after it surfaced on social media. People have since petitioned for it to be removed from the streaming service’s show – and at the time of reporting had reached 4,300 signatures.

During the interview, he said: “I’m literally saying in the joke that I don’t do that. But people have a reaction. They don’t analyse it. They feel something – that’s what offence is. It’s a feeling. That’s why ‘I’m offended’ is quite meaningless. What do you want me to change?”

When asked about the petition, he responded: “Good luck. That’s what I say to them. Good luck. I’ll even retweet it”.

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