Ricky Gervais has spoken out about his fears that another pandemic will be the one that wipes out humanity.
The 59-year-old comedian, who tackled the subject of death and grieving in his acclaimed Netflix series, After Life, has predicted that another, yet unknown, virus will be the end of human life.
After the Covid-19 outbreak was started after the virus was passed to humans from bats, Ricky reckons another animal will be the cause of human destruction when the next pandemic sweeps the globe.
Speaking in a live internet chat, Ricky said: “I’m just hoping Covid will settle down.
“I don’t think this will end humanity – the next one will, the next thing will come.”
Ricky then went on to predict which animal would be the death of humans.
He continued: “Someone will just be like, ‘What’s this one? Someone somewhere has been eating aardvarks and it is the worst f*****g disease ever – your eyes fall out, because someone ate a f*****g aardvark.
“So, that will kill us.”
The Office creator also said that he feared that global warming and civil wars are also big threats to humanity, saying that these dangers put his irritations with life “in perspective”.
After an outcry that people working in the entertainment industry should be looking to retrain as the country heads towards another lockdown, Ricky said that he would become a “woodsman” if the time came.
Ricky, who lives with long-term partner Jane Fallon, 59, in their £11 million London mansion, said that he had ambitions to be a qualified help to society but believes that being a comedian is all that he can do.
He continued: “I’d love to be a doctor or an architect or a scientist, but all I can do is this s***.
“I’m a qualified f*****g idiot.
“I think it would be something to do with science and nature, either academic or just helping wildlife, even if was like volunteering keeping woodlands – it would be quite nice.
“Like a woodman. I’d live in a log cabin in the wood, I’d chop down trees that are dangerous and I’d get visited by magic goblins and faries when I lose my axe.”
In response to chancellor Rishi Sunak suggesting the retraining of people in the entertainment industry, Ricky said that people should do what makes them happy, even if it leaves them on the breadline.
He hit out, saying: “All you should do is what would make you happy, just try for that, because even trying to do something that makes you happy, you’re doing something you like.
“I’ve never bought that thing were people go, ‘I’ll work really hard in a job I hate for 20 years and then I can do what I want’, because it just doesn’t happen.
“It’s better to struggle financially for 20 years because you just can’t waste all that time – the money is just irrelevant.”
Ricky added: “If you’re getting boats and cars and whatever you want and hate it, it’s better to be happy and poor, than less happy and rich – it’s just a no brainer.
“Do what you love, easy. You don’t need a lot, I don’t know what people think they’re missing.
“I don’t know what people are thinking when they go on Instagram and see people standing beside a boat – it’s not their boat.
“They’re not happy – they wouldn’t be posing next to someone else’s boat and posting it on Instagram if they were happy.
“For me, it’s sitting here, drinking and talking b******s.”
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