Reading Time: 2 minutes Ricky Gervais often advocates for animals
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Ricky Gervais has said he wants to be eaten by animals after he dies – in a bid to ‘give something back’ to animals.

The outspoken advocate made the comments during the late night talk show of US host Conan O’Brien.

The comic, and creator of Netflix show Afterlife, said he wanted lions at London Zoo to consume his corpse – a request denied by the zoo.

‘The bloke from The Office?

Gervais said: “It would be good to give something back. We eat animals and destroy habitats and at least then I could give something back.”

“It would be amusing to see the faces of tourists when this fat, naked dead body is thrown out and as it lands some people go, ‘is that the bloke from The Office?'”

‘A bit grisly’

Conservation charity ZSL, which owns both London and Whipsnade Zoo, has rejected Gervais’ offer.

Kathryn England, Chief Operating Officer of ZSL London Zoo told The Sun. : “I suspect Ricky may be a bit gristly for our lions.

“But we are struggling financially because of lockdown so if anyone wants to ‘give something back’ we welcome donations that will help us keep our lions fed on a more suitable diet.”

Is Ricky Gervais vegan?

Ricky Gervais has never come out as vegan, though he is widely known to be vegetarian. Many people believe he is vegan, as guests at various stand-up gigs have revealed that Gervais has discussed ditching eggs and dairy as well as meat.

The comic has openly spoken about ditching both meat and eggs. In 2017, he appeared in an episode of Hot Ones – a format which sees stars eat increasingly spicy chicken wings until they can’t handle the heat anymore.

In the episode, host Sean Evans says: “We’re going further for Gervais – we’re going vegan. I’m going vegan too.”

Gervais says: “Thank you. Good.”

Cheese

During the episode, the pair also talk about cheese, with Evans asking Gervais about his opinions on the food ‘from your cheese days’.

Talking about Cheddar, Gervais says: “When I used to have cheese and beans on toast, it was always a mature Cheddar.”

Ricky Gervais vegan Christmas

Gervais also revealed recently that he had enjoyed a vegan roast for his Christmas meal.

He posted a photo of his empty plate to his Twitter account, sharing it with his to 14.5 million followers.

He captioned the photo of an empty dinner plate on Christmas Day and joked: “Jane [his partber] tried to sneak in a Brussel sprout. I spotted it immediately. Nice try.”

When asked by one of his followers whether he’d had a vegan roast, he replied “yes.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.