Yahoo reports Ricky Gervais has a message to his fellow celebrities who are in isolation due to COVID-19: Stop complaining. In an interview with the Sun, the 58-year-old comedian praised essential workers in the U.K. and said rich stars have nothing to whine about while locked up in their mansions.
“After this is over I never want to hear people moaning about the welfare state again, I never want to hear people moaning about nurses again. Or porters,” he shared.
“These people are doing 14-hour shifts and not complaining. Wearing masks, and being left with sores, after risking their own health and their families’ health selflessly,” Gervais continued. “But then I see someone complaining about being in a mansion with a swimming pool. And, you know, honestly, I just don’t want to hear it.”
The writer noted the After Life star had a “serious, almost angry tone” on the topic. According to the Sun, Gervais was doing the interview from his $12 million dollar home.
Kelly Ripa and Sam Smith are among the stars who have broken down over the current situation. Ellen DeGeneres received backlash for likening the quarantine to “being in jail.” The talk show host has been isolating at her $27 million home in Montecito, Calif.
Gervais said his upbringing taught him to appreciate the highs and lows in life.
“I was born in the beginning of the ’60s in Battle Hospital in Reading. And that should have been an omen. Having gone by the title, I should have known life was going to be a struggle. And it was — I was the fourth child of an immigrant laborer. My dad worked on building sites all his life, until he was 70. He got up every day at 5:30am,” Gervais shared.
“Men worked hard, but women worked miracles. Because when my dad finished his work that was his own time. But my mum didn’t stop working, women didn’t stop working. Carers didn’t stop working, all the women in my family were carers in some respect,” he continued.
“I had no money growing up, I didn’t have any until I was 40. But I still had everything. My mum, she gardened, she grew, she cooked, she sewed, she knitted, she decorated, she did everything she could. And she gave me everything I wanted except money. I also realized growing up that all the best things were free — friends, nature, learning and healthcare,” Gervais said. “And that’s why I gladly pay my taxes. And that’s why I clap the NHS.”
Last week, per TCO, Host Ellen DeGeneres sparked a wave of backlash after comparing self-isolating in her California mansion to being in prison.
Per Velvet Ropes, Ellen and her wife purchased a gorgeous Balinese-style California home in the Montecito area of Santa Barbara in January of this 2019.
This was her first real estate purchase of 2019 and we’re pretty sure it won’t be her last given her extensive history of house flipping.
The 8,188-square-foot home was purchased for $27 million and sits on an 8.24-acre lot. It has 5 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms and includes features such as a cabana which doubles as a gym and a basalt pebble infinity pool that overlooks the ocean.
The home also comes with a two-bedroom guest house.
The pair previously owned another 6-bedroom home in the area (apparently Montecito is where it’s at!) but sold it to Netflix’s Ted Sarandos to the tune of $34 million.
Yahoo reports Ellen DeGeneres compared self-isolating in her California mansion to being in prison, and Twitter users were quick to call out the talk show host for what they felt was an insensitive remark.
During her show on Monday, DeGeneres revealed that she was now filming from the comfort of her home that she shares with wife Portia de Rossi. After thanking first responders, emergency workers, doctors, nurses, and other essential pandemic workers, DeGeneres pivoted to talking about her experience self-isolating with de Rossi and their dog (around the two-minute mark).
“One thing I’ve learned from being in quarantine is that people — this is like being in jail, is what this is,” DeGeneres said, adding, “It’s mostly because I’ve been wearing the same clothes for 10 days, and everyone in here is gay.”
DeGeneres seemed amused by her comparison, smiling and remarking, “The jokes that I have.”
After DeGeneres shared the clip on Twitter, users were quick to call out the host for her remarks about prisons, especially during a time when prison inmates are at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19. Some pointed out that inmates in prisons were far more likely to die from the coronavirus than other citizens — especially wealthy ones like DeGeneres.