Ricky Gervais leaves The One Show's Alex Jones lost for words as he claims 'I'm going to die soon'

RICKY Gervais claimed he was "going to die soon" during an appearance on The One Show – and hosts Alex Jones and Jermaine Jenas didn't know where to look.

During Tuesday evening's instalment of the family show, the comedian had been busy chatting with the hosts about his upcoming Netflix standup comedy show SuperNature.

Alex quizzed the After Life creator over certain jokes in his latest sketch about his own wealth and wasn't prepared for Ricky's response.

The Welsh presenter asked: "Throughout this you mention, your wealth quite a lot and that can be really uncomfortable sometimes but the audience absolutely lap it up.

"So how do you manage to pitch that so well?"

Ricky responded: "Because they know what I'm doing. They know I'm taking the Micky out of it and I'm going there, it's an elephant in the room."


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He added: "I go out with bad jeans, drinking out of a can of beer. I think because we are jesters so we have to be down with the audience, laughing at the king and I do that in two ways.

"I let them peep behind the curtain and I tell them all the terrible things that happen to me, the terrible tweets, the terrible press.

"I also do it by telling them they're better off than me. I'm fat and old and I'm going to die soon."

Taken aback by his response, Alex shot back: "You're not," before Ricky said with a straight face: "I am."

"You're not, you're not," insisted Alex as Ricky dived in: "I've brought it down haven't I?"

Continuing on the subject, Ricky explained: "Every day I'm close to death, everyone is a bigger percentage than the rest of your life and we don't know what percentage that is going to be.

"If I die tomorrow, today was 50 per cent."

Stunned at the conversation, Jermaine chimed in: "I didn't see this coming, this is not a part of the show that I thought was going to happen."

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Ricky's latest stand-up special has already stoked backlash from the LGBTQ+ community hours after its Tuesday morning premiere on Netflix.

Social media users began speaking out against jokes the 60-year-old makes in the first few minutes of the show, which many have labelled as discriminatory against transgender women.

The One Show airs weekdays at 7pm on BBC One.

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