Simon Pegg criticises Ricky Gervais for public put-downs
Gloucester comedy star Simon Pegg has been critical of fellow funnyman Ricky Gervais for his controversial "public put-downs".
Pegg, 43, from Brockworth, also poked fun at Gervais for using David Bowie in a sketch in his TV series Extras, saying: "That was just Ricky saying 'I know David Bowie'."
He made the remarks in an online interview with US comic Marc Maron, during a discussion about comedy series on TV.
He said: "I think Ricky Gervais's Office could have gone on a lot longer and it should have done - it would have saved us two series of Extras if he'd done that."
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Maron then said he loved the sequence in which Bowie 'serenades' Gervais's character Andy Millman with an insulting song he improvises in London's trendy Groucho Club.
But Pegg, laughing, goes on: "I hated that. That wouldn't happen. There was never a VIP area in the Groucho Club and David Bowie would never have sung that song.
"That was just Ricky saying 'I know David Bowie'."
However he admitted "it was funny" before being asked if he is friends with Gervais.
"We have a friendship of sorts. Publicly he has zero humility.
"He would never say anything nice about anyone. He's incredibly competitive and it's not enough that he be the best, everyone else has to die horribly.
"In person he actually has some humility and is very sweet. He can be a nice guy.
"I think the real Ricky is probably the public one. No no ... the real one is the guy that you meet and you have dinner with and he's very funny and personable and nice.
"The public Ricky never says anything nice about anyone. So I hate public Ricky but I like private Ricky."
The interview appears on Marc Maron's website www.wtfpod.com