London Zoo refuses to grant Ricky Gervais his dying wish of being eaten by lions
- London Zoo has denied Ricky Gervais' dying wish to be eaten by lions, saying in a statement that he might be "too gristly" for the lions' taste.
- Kathryn England, Chief Operating Officer for the Zoo, told The Sun that London Zoo is struggling financially because of Covid-19: "We welcome donations that will help us keep our lions fed on a more suitable diet."
- Gervais told Conan O'Brien of his dying wish last week on "Conan," saying he wanted to give something back to the natural world because "we take everything from this world."
- Gervais also said he likes the idea of two lions reenacting "The Lady and the Tramp" with his testicles, and would "like the look on the tourists' faces when they throw this dead, fat, naked, 73-year-old" to the lions.
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London Zoo has denied Ricky Gervais' dying wish of being eaten by lions.
The "After Life" star last week told Conan O'Brien that he'd want to give something back to the natural world after his own life has ended by being "fed to the lions at London Zoo."
Sadly for Gervais, that wish has now been refused by the zoo. Kathryn England, Chief Operating Officer of ZSL London Zoo, told The Sun: "I suspect Ricky may be a bit gristly for our lions."
England also said, however, that the zoo is "struggling financially because of lockdown."
She added: "So if anyone wants to 'give something back,' we welcome donations that will help us keep our lions fed on a more suitable diet."
During a chat on TBS' "Conan," Gervais and Conan discussed the afterlife, and Gervais told the chat show host that he thinks a lot about how he wants to go, and what he'd like to happen to his body post-death. Cremation or burial isn't for him. Rather, Gervais would like something a bit more charitable.
"I thought it would be good to be just fed to the lions at London Zoo. That would be useful, isn't it? We never give anything back. We take everything from this world, we eat animals, anything that moves we eat. We destroy. Deforestation. We don't give anything back. Everything we do is for us, we're not even food for other things," Gervais said.
The comedian continued: "I'd like the look on the tourists' faces when they throw this dead, fat, naked, 73-year-old, maybe, if I'm lucky, to the lions, and as it lands some people go, 'is that the bloke from 'The Office?'' they go, 'what, Steve Carell?' 'No not f---ing Steve Carell. He's much fatter than Steve Carell.'
Gervais said he doesn't care about "being dead," but does worry about how he dies, with both Gervais and Conan agreeing that they don't want to leave this world in any embarrassing way.
Gervais actually used the word "gristly" himself in a rather graphic description of how he thinks the lions' dinner might go if his wish did actually come true.
"The idea that the lion, they all start with the soft bits but if two lions went for my testicles, right, they'd be in for a shock because they're really gristly and long," Gervais said.
"So you'd have two lions about three feet apart - it'd be like Lady and the Tramp, they're eating my testicles getting closer together."
Over lockdown, Gervais was working on the script for season three of acclaimed Netflix comedy-drama TV series "After Life." In 2020, Gervais posted to Instagram confirming that he's finished the second draft of the script.
Gervais confirmed last year in a live chat on Twitter that this third season will definitely be the last one after he tweeted that Netflix had asked him to make a third series:
"Because so many of you watched #AfterLife2 so quickly and made it Number 1 again, the nice people at @Netflix have suggested that I get off my fat arse and do another season. This is all your fault."
—Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) May 6, 2020
Recently, however, Gervais has been the subject of criticism by Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle, who condemned Gervais for consistently making jokes about trans people.
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