Ricky Gervais is making money off all his Twitter trolls (Picture: Getty)Ricky Gervais has managed to come up with a pretty savvy way to deal with his Twitter trolls – by making a ton of money from them.
Seriously, why didn’t we think of this?
During an appearance on LBC podcast Full Disclosure, he confessed he often ‘falls into a trap’ with Twitter rows – but has found a positive in the interactions with his 13million followers.
‘I even monetise it because some of the most ridiculous tweets are talked about, and I couldn’t work out how much that tweet is worth to me but it’s lots,’ the 57-year-old told James O’Brien.
Ricky is loving life with all his trolls (Picture: WireImage)‘[The tweets] end up in your shows, yes of course,’ the host said.
‘5 minutes’ worth of material that makes a Netflix special. That’s worth six-figures. That’s a six-figure source right there in 140 characters!’
‘Exactly! Played to 800,000 people,’ he agreed.
‘Yeah, yeah! You could say trolls have me made hundreds of thousands of pounds each, and so I should thank them!’
Well, that’s one way of looking at it…
Ricky’s new series, After Life, has been hailed by critics (Netflix)Ricky is back on our screens with After Life – which has been dubbed his ‘finest work since The Office’.
Seeing as David Brent is one of the most quotable characters on telly, that is quite a big compliment.
The six-part show focuses on Tony, who is trying to come to terms with his wife’s death – in typical Gervais form.
But, while the subject matter is one most would leave well alone, Ricky dived straight into it, and prides himself on having no limits with his comedy.
‘I’ve always had the view that there are no subject is off limits for comedy or parody,’ he told us.
‘The fear of offending people is nonsense. Political correctness is there for a reason and I understand why we have watersheds and some censorship, but no-one should be offended by a joke.
‘People think certain subjects are off-limited, but why? It depends on the target of the joke and if the target is not going to be offended then there is no problem and those who are offended may not have thought about the joke for as long as I have.
‘The challenge now is thinking about how people will react to them 10 years from now.’
After Life is available to stream on Netflix now.
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