British comedians James Corden and Ricky Gervais share a lot in common, but they have exchanged heated comments over the years and are quite personal with their jokes.
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Ricky Gervais and James Corden have a lot in common – but they certainly don’t get along.
The pair seemed like ideal candidates to be friends, as they were both British comedians who wrote ionic TV shows that were then successful in the US.
Ricky is of course known for writing and starring in The Office, while James co-wrote Gavin & Stacey and became known for his role as Smithy.
It took Ricky more than a decade to get his big break with The Office and Extras, before some questionable box office performances caused Ghost Town and The Invention of Lying to flop.
While James, who appeared on Fat Friends, rose to fame faster at a much younger age when he landed his gig on The Late Late Show.
The pair have become known for trading nasty insults with each other – but the first took place on James’ short-lived comedy show Horne and Corden.
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In a sketch on their BBC 3 series in 2009, James portrayed Ricky as a clumsy idiot struggling to find any work.
Corden teases David Brent in one shot in the trenches during World War I, then in another he mocks the famous dance.
Matt Horne, who created the show with James and played Gavin in Gavin & Stacey, revealed that he had to pull James up for acting too much like Ricky in an episode of Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
James and Ricky then became almost direct rivals when they both took on the task of hosting at major awards ceremonies.
Gervais insulted virtually all of Hollywood when he won the Golden Globe in 2011, but James says it won’t be much of a joke when he hosts the Brit Awards that year.
“I wouldn’t go down Ricky Gervais road because you couldn’t be in that room anyway – there’s a big difference between the O2 and the dining room at the Beverly Hilton,” Corden told The Mirror.
“Basically, I want to welcome the British with as much warmth and sensitivity as possible. Less funny.
“Mostly I’m following instructions from the producers. They’re promoting a positive, upbeat, exciting show instead of anything particularly dangerous.”
However, James got really attached to Ricky at the end of the year and asked the haters to back off.
James said: “People should stay away from him. “If I could only do half of what he did, I would consider myself successful.”
But there was clearly tension between the pair and Ricky began to criticize James for some of his jokes, including a controversial story he told about Harvey Weinstein.
“It’s been a beautiful night in LA here,” James said at the annual amfAR charity dinner in Hollywood in 2017, at the height of the emerging #MeToo scandal.
“So beautiful, Harvey Weinstein requested tonight to come to his hotel to give him a massage.”
Ricky is known for walking close to the line, but he had something to say about Corden’s tasteless jokes during an interview on Radio Andy.
“When you make a controversial joke or talk about a taboo subject, it has to be a great joke,” he said.
“You can’t just go out there and make jokes about abuse and rape. You have to be very smart when you do that. There needs to be a point.
“He did it as if it were light entertainment. He didn’t do it well enough.”
The heaviest insult came when Ricky hosted the Golden Globes again in 2020 and called James with some rather harsh words.
He got the audience stitched up by joking, “The world has to see James Corden as a fat guy. He’s also in the Cats movie, but no one sees that.”
When hit by claims that he had submitted to Corden after personal attacks, Gervais denied there was any resentment.
“There’s no enmity between me and James nor has there ever been,” Ricky told The Sun.
“The Cat joke I told at the Golden Globes was clearly a play on words about his role in the film, and James’ impression of me in his sketch show was also a friendly tease. kind, and I don’t take offense at that.”
Ricky even offered a joke about James from his hit Netflix series After Life – in a scene where a character is writing the guest list for her imaginary dinner party.
When Kath mentions Corden and says “that man can do anything,” Ricky’s character replies, “And yes.”
Kath later said that the comedian was always working and got the answer: “Mostly a private driver”.
It’s apparently an obvious reference to James’ very successful carpool karaoke skit, where he gets celebs singing their songs in his car.
In a recent interview, Gervais denied targeting Corden was justified and said he has “nothing against” the celebrities he jokes with.
“James impressed me in his performance, I don’t take it personally, just for fun,” he told the Press Association.
“I don’t hold grudges. People will think so, but as long as they don’t, that’s all I care about.”
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