Ricky Gervais has claimed 'Derek' will not end his career.

The 50-year-old star plays the titular character in the comedy project about a man on the fringes of society, and despite suggestions by some it is not his best work he believes their opinions do not matter.

He said: "Every single week has been the end of my career if you believe six or seven journalists.

"It makes no difference to me or my work. I don't care if people like it or not. I'm happy with it, I get the final edit.

"These people have got to write a blog or an article every day, they have to write about something and now and again when I do something that gives them something to write about. It's just noise. It's just graffiti. Most people make their own minds up, which is good."

Ricky added he was hopeful people would like the show - which gained two million viewers - but understood people would make up their own minds about it.

He told Richard Bacon on BBC Radio 5 Live: "I'd rather people liked it but I want them to see it to make their own minds up.

"I'm offended by many things. It's nothing to do with right or wrong, it's just my personal opinion."

  1. by alison 15th Apr 2012 16:14

    loved it chr(38) hope it continues into a series x

  2. by Trena Martin 18th Apr 2012 16:53

    Brilliant - hope it makes it to a series. Gervais is not mocking, merely entering someone else's world and showing us everything that's there. He highlights tenderness, bewilderment, ... Read More