The Office has recently celebrated its milestone 20th anniversary.
Its co-creator and star, Ricky Gervais recently spoke in an interview on whether he thought the show has aged well.
Classic Gervais being classic Gervais, he ended up making some comments which a handful of people seemed to forget to take with a grain of salt.
As per the interview with BBC, he said, “At the moment, I think it’s big amongst the people who loved it when they were 13, 14 or 15.”
“So I think for every 35 to 40 year-old, it’s in their parlance. People tell me husbands and wives talk to each other like they were in The Office,” he continued.
Gervais also added that there’s one reason he definitely doesn’t think the show has dated. And that’s because of its ‘universal themes’.
He said, “The themes are universal: good and bad bosses, doing a decent job, boy meets girl, wanting to be loved.”
In the interview with the BBC, Gervais was posed with the question – despite its universally loved themes, if he thinks it would be a victim of today’s ruthless cancel culture, where it seems like within the blink of an eye, something is either accepted as part of society or not.
To that, Gervais said, “I mean now it would be cancelled. I’m looking forward to when they pick out one thing and try to cancel it. Someone said they might try to cancel it one day, and I say, ‘Good let them cancel it. I’ve been paid!'”
As a result, Gervais took to Twitter to back up his statement.
He tweeted, “Just to be clear, I did not say The Office would be cancelled if it were made today. That makes no sense. It’s still around. This is my actual quote. “Someone said they might try to cancel it one day, and I said, ‘Good, let them cancel it. I’ve been paid!'” Clearly a joke.”
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Just to be clear, I did not say The Office would be cancelled if it were made today. That makes no sense. It's still around. This is my actual quote. "Someone said they might try to cancel it one day, and I said, 'Good, let them cancel it. I've been paid!'" Clearly a joke.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) July 9, 2021