Ricky Gervais Disses 'The Office' Season Finale, Then Un-Disses It

The always unfiltered Office co-creator Ricky Gervais had some harsh words about last night’s season finale of the NBC version of the show, which featured a parade of guest stars including Warren Buffett, Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell, Will Arnett and Gervais himself interviewing for Michael Scott’s job. On his blog, Gervais compared the finale to the episode of his BBC/HBO series  Extras that featured an awkward guest appearance by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. “It’s only Warren Buffett. … What are you doing in a paper merchant’s in Scranton? It’s mental,” Gervais wrote. He went on to say this about the NBC series: “if you’re going to jump a shark, jump a big one.” And more. “I assume most people know I didn’t do the US remake for the art. I did my version for the art. … Don’t get me wrong. I’m very proud of the US version. It was not only a very very good network comedy but it was also a massive success story. But you know, I did it for different reasons, ambitions and with slightly different emotional attachments to the project.” Saying that he is not as emotionally attached to the NBC Office than he was to the original is fine, but saying that the NBC series was a good comedy in past tense doesn’t sound very reassuring. (more…)

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