A whole lot of people are isolating indoors and practicing social distancing, in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. And depending on how social a person you are, you might be growing a little tired of making dinner-for-one reservations every night at Chez Microwave. Well, celebrities are no different. Some of them are having a really hard time being stuck inside. Not Ricky Gervais though. Ricky isn’t complaining, and he doesn’t want to hear a single boo-hoo from any famous person about this situation.
While speaking to The Sun to promote the second season of his Netflix series After Life, Ricky got serious and addressed all the nurses and porters (a British word for custodian) who are working really hard at this time.
“After this is over I never want to hear people moaning about the welfare state again, I never want to hear people moaning about nurses again. Or porters.”
But then Ricky proved there’s no PPE strong enough to protect a rich, famous person against exposure to a full-on Ricky dragging. Ricky didn’t call anyone out by name, which is actually very off-brand for Ricky. Instead, he kept it general by pointing his finger at anyone crying about COVID-19 while self-isolating in luxury.
“These people are doing 14-hour shifts and not complaining. Wearing masks, and being left with sores, after risking their own health and their families’ health selflessly. But then I see someone complaining about being in a mansion with a swimming pool. And, you know, honestly, I just don’t want to hear it.”
That could possibly be a reference to Sam Smith, who posted a series of pictures to Instagram last month showing what they claimed were the “stages of a quarantine meltdown.” Sam reportedly lives in a $15 million home in London. Or it could also be a reference to Kelly Ripa, who recently got teary when talking to Ryan Seacrest about how it sucks that two of her kids won’t talk to her while in isolation. Kelly received a whole lot of side-eyes last year when she claimed her eldest son was experiencing “extreme poverty” since moving out of their $27 million townhouse. Or maybe he meant Ellen DeGeneres, who compared isolating in her multi-million dollar mansion to being in jail. Then again, he could just be generalizing, and suggesting that people who are pulling double-shifts in the ER or the produce department would probably gladly trade places with anyone currently bitching about being bored at home.
It honestly sounds to me like Ricky was trying to be kind by not specifically calling anyone out. That must be why he ended his message where he ended it. Because if Ricky was feeling a little bit spicier, I could totally see him adding, “I just don’t want to hear it. And it’s not just complaints – my ears can’t take any more mansion-dwellers attempting to sing, either!”