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Ricky Gervais ‘selfishly’ wants to die before his partner: ‘I want to go first’

Ricky Gervais has said that he ‘selfishly’ wants to die before his partner, admitting that he ‘wants to go first’.

The comedian, who is in a relationship with television producer and author Jane Fallon, was asked about her during a discussion on his Netflix show After Life.

He was asked on The One Show whether he had come to appreciate Jane more after creating the show, which focuses on a widow learning to live following the death of his wife.

Ricky, who was appearing alongside his dog Anti on the programme, replied: ‘My first thought was, what would happen if you lost everything? You can do what you want and there will be no consequences.

Speaking to hosts Alex Scott and Alex Jones, he added: ‘I had to think, “What’s it like to lose everything?” And to me, it’s your soul mate, your life partner. So that’s where it came from.’

He went on to say: ‘I’d be terrible. You know, I want to go first – which is selfish, but I do. I don’t want to…’

Ricky is in a long-term relationship with Jane (Picture: ITV/Ricky Gervais Instagram)

Then, his dog Anti whimpered, which led Ricky to stop and the studio to let out a collective ‘aww’.

‘Not yet, Anti! I won’t be going yet, Anti,’ he said, cuddling his pet.

As the dog licked him, he joked: ‘Oh Anti, I’ve got six more years!’

The comedian spoke openly on the One Show (Picture: BBC)

After Life’s third and final series was released recently, starring Ricky, 60, as local journalist Tony, a man plunged into intense grief following the death of his wife, while also trying to become a better friend to those around him in his home town of Tambury.

It was recently announced that Netflix has donated 25 benches to local councils around the UK as part of a mental health initiative celebrating the launch of the new series.

The benches were commissioned with suicide prevention charity the Campaign Against Living Miserably (Calm) and feature QR codes leading to online resources and a message of support.

After Life is available to stream on Netflix.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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