When speaking to the BBC, Gervais said the show would be “canceled” if attempted today.
“I mean now it would be canceled. I’m looking forward to when they pick out one thing and try to cancel it,” the actor said. “Someone said they might try to cancel it one day, and I say, ‘Good let them cancel it. I’ve been paid!'”
Not only is Gervais famously controversial himself, but in “The Office,” he plays David Brent, the manager of a local branch of a paper company, who often acts inappropriately around the office.
The actor starred in the British version of the show, and also wrote and directed the series with Stephen Merchant.
Some people thought that Gervais’ comments meant “The Office” would be taken off the air if it were made today, but the “After Life” star took to Twitter to clarify.
“Just to be clear, I did not say The Office would be cancelled if it were made today. That makes no sense. It’s still around,” he said. “This is my actual quote. ‘Someone said they might try to cancel it one day, and I said, ‘Good, let them cancel it. I’ve been paid!'”
He concluded: “Clearly a joke.”
Ricky Gervais starred in ‘The Office’ in Britain from 2001-2003. (Getty Images)
To be “canceled” is a term that is being used to describe ending someone’s career, or in the case of a show, dinging its popularity due to content deemed inappropriate or problematic.
Despite only a short, 14-episode run in the U.K., “The Office” had a strong fan base that made its U.S. version a verifiable hit. It ran for nine seasons, from 2005 to 2013.
Gervais earned a Golden Globe for his performance in the show, which also took home the award for best television series – comedy or musical in 2004.