Fortunately, producers “said all the rights things” to lure him back, funnyman reveals to Ellen DeGeneres
“Well, at first I really did say ‘no,'” the man who spent the recent “forced fun” holiday with his cat told DeGeneres about emceeing the awards show. “I was editing one film I made this year, and I was about to film another one, and I just thought, ‘I just haven’t got the time.'”
“But they said all the right things,” he added. “They said I could say what I want again.”
Some of that is most definitely liquid courage, the funnyman admitted.
“If I didn’t drink I wouldn’t be brave enough to say some of the things I’m going to say,” Gervais said. “So, ya know, I start at a reasonable hour — ya know, I’m not a maniac. Three or four or something like that.”
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