Ricky Gervais: I never had The Sex Talk

Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais is glad his parents never taught him about sex.

The British comic has found fame on a global level thanks to hit shows like The Office and Extras. He also has a burgeoning movie career, recently starring in Muppets Most Wanted.

While chatting about his childhood to Absolute Radio host Christian O’Connell, Ricky wasn’t coy about how he was taught the facts of life.

“My parents did not have to do that. I couldn’t have stood it, I couldn’t have done it,” Ricky exclaimed.

“I did [sex education] at school, eight years old, you know, videos. No, no absolutely not [any conversations]. It still sends a shudder down my spine. Honestly, my parents sitting me down and saying, ‘Now we’re going to show you how we had you.’ No!”

The second season of Ricky’s show Derek started last week on British TV. The series has been another big hit for the 52-year-old comedian, and even saw Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul tweet his love for it.

While Ricky himself is a big fan of social media, regularly posting on both his Twitter and Facebook accounts, he does feel that this may lead to the demise of journalism.

“It’s funny because you notice things about yourself, and you know the truth. So you look online or in an interview, and you think, well, 50 per cent of that is a bit wrong so am I to assume that 50 per cent of everything I read is a bit wrong. Well the answer’s yes.

“Because there’s so much conjecture and there’s so much opinion tarted up as fact. And everyone’s a journalist now, everyone’s a blogger. The man in the street is now the publisher. Now the news says tweet us with your news! It’s unbelievable. Don’t ask the man in the street!” he laughed.

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