T.J. Miller Says “F**k You Ricky Gervais”



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T.J. Miller is having an explosive year.  He’s starring in one of the funniest shows on television, Silicon Valley; he just aired a Super Bowl commercial that ranked high among the best ads in the game; he received critical love after hosting the Critics Choice awards, and he’s got a big role in the next gigantic blockbuster, Deadpool, which is getting gigantic heat with a sequel already in the works.

On Tuesday T.J. Miller sat down with at the SiriusXM studios in New York City in front of a studio audience to tape an episode of Unmasked.  Miller was out promoting Deadpool which opens this Friday, February 12. It was a fascinating hour- a must listen for any fan or student of comedy- that you’ll be able to hear when it premieres on SiriusXM’s this Friday.  During the hour Miller explained the idea behind Deadpool and how excited he was to have been in a project that he felt really meshed with his own comedic sensibilities; he revealed some details about the two movies he wrote, and his idea for a new non-profit he’s excited about that concerns the world of advertising…. and teased a new upcoming HBO hour stand up special, and you’ll want to hear every minute of it.   And he talked about Ricky Gervais.

Mostly what he wanted to say was “Fuck you Ricky Gervais,” taking care to say it not once, but twice. The topic rolled around to Gervais when Miller was talking about his recent gig hosting the Critics Choice Awards. You may remember we predicted that Miller was going to be the awards show host wild man this year, and he did indeed show the rest of the award shows up with a hilarious and highly irreverent performance (read more about that here).  Miller told Bennington that when they offered him the gig and told him he could set the tone of the show and “do his thing,”  he was thrilled. He said, “once I realized that, I was like ‘I’m going to go fucking nuts and see what happens.” And he did, and it was well received in the room, and in the media.

T.J. was critical of Gervais’ infamous method of hosting the Golden Globes by essentially roasting Hollywood. “It made me realize you don’t have to ‘Ricky Gervais’ it. You don’t have to be like ‘Hollywood sucks’ and ‘you all are whining babies.’  Everyone knows that. You don’t have to keep telling people that over and over.”

Miller said he realized it’s okay to celebrate Hollywood.  “Culturally America is at the forefront and our media is globally influential and these award shows, although we can make fun of them for being empty and ridiculous, we also should say that these people worked their whole lives to make content and make movies and television that are important to people. So lets celebrate them.  Its okay for us all to get drunk and congratulate each other like, let it go.  So….Fuck you Ricky Gervais.”

During the Critics Choice awards, Miller had jabbed Gervais a bit, saying he wasn’t planning to “Gervais” the ceremony, and remarked ‘how abrasive do you have to be to make fun of Mel Gibson’?  But on Tuesday he told Bennington that he was sorry he didn’t get to make all the jokes he wanted to. “I wanted to make all these other jokes that I didn’t get to make so I’ll do them here, for you guys, for free.”

“I made the joke about how awful of a person do you have to be to make us all feel bad for Mel Gibson,” he said. “Like that is so real. But I love the idea that nobody makes fun of him. Because what was he in?  Mel Gibson was in Lethal Weapon.  I know he’s fucked it up but, don’t get down on him.  He’s a great American actor from the lexicon of American Cinema. And then Ricky Gervais (pronouncing it Gervay and sometimes Ger-vay-ees) was in Ghost Town.  Yeah, really, go ahead and laugh. The only thing funny about it was that he was in it.   And Ghost Town was less a movie and more a description of the theaters in which it played.”

Miller continued, “And then The Invention of Lying?” he said, referring to another Gervais film. “I’ll invent a lie.  Ricky Gervais has done anything interesting since . There’s a lie right there.”

And there was more, he said, adding, “so I really wanted to attack him almost as much as the teeth on the lower part of his mouth are trying to attack the upper part of his mouth. He’s just an awful little pugish man who needs to stop yelling at Hollywood which gave him a chance and it didn’t work and now he’s the Hollywood Foreign Press’ jester?  Like, fuck him.  Sorry, can you tell I have a couple of opinions on Ricky Gervais?”

And finally, “Nobody even knows how to pronounce his last name including him. What’s going on.  He has a french last name, but he’s a little puggish Brit. I don’t get it.”

Miller said he has never met Gervais, and doesn’t care to.  “I mean, I don’t know what…the only thing I can say to him, I’ve said twice on your show already.”

Unmasked with T.J. Miller will premiere on SiriusXM RawDog Comedy Channel 99 this Friday at 2pm et and replay throughout the weekend. Listen to a clip from the Unmasked below.

The Unmasked series is hosted by Ron Bennington, and documents the careers of the very best comedy writers, directors, filmmakers, actors, screenwriters, satirists, political comedians, comedic musicians and of course, stand up comedians in the business, with over 125 episodes so far.  Past Unmasked guests have included , , , , , , , , , , , Patrice O’Neal and over 100 more comedy greats.


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  1. SerotoninsGone

    February 10, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Clearly TJ Miller never saw Extras.

  2. JimPatrick

    February 10, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Maybe something’s lost in the translation to text but TJ Miller just sounds like he’s being a dick here.

  3. divadeiwob

    February 10, 2016 at 10:32 am

    “a must listen for any student or fan of comedy.”  Sweet holy christ

  4. elephant_droid

    February 10, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Um. Mel Gibson is actually Australian. Has been for some time.

  5. JimPatrick

    February 10, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    He was born in NY actually.

  6. Snakeeyes22

    February 10, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Totally agree with Tj’s points.  Ricky Gervais has become an insufferable condescending dick over the past several years

  7. LindaTNo1

    February 10, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Ricky won an Emmy for his work on Extras.  Was nominated for Derek.  His sold out stand up tours have been award nominated both in America and of course England.  TJ Miller is a very immature person.  He does not get English humor, obviously.  Talking about Ricky’s teeth is childish and very immature. I sense a lot of jealousy here because a foreigner from England can and did come to America and gained millions more global fans and I am one of them.  Ricky Gervais is a brilliant entertainer and never condescending at all.  He has a worldwide following and a great humanitarian in all his causes for animal rights and protections.  I support Ricky Gervais completely.  Since TJ has never met Ricky then his opinions are weak and flawed.  He does not know him at all.  Go Ricky.  Never sellout or change at all.

  8. FreddytheGreek

    February 10, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Pretty interesting debate on Reddit about whether TJ was just being funny or really hates Gervais.  https://www.reddit.com/r/movies/comments/452n0a/tj_miller_says_f_you_to_ricky_gervais_defends/

  9. FreddytheGreek

    February 10, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    @LindaTNo1 come on Derek isn’t good.

  10. BGill

    February 10, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Who is TJ Miller, and who watches any award shows let alone critics choice?

  11. James de Queens

    February 10, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    TJ Miller, whiny bitch as always.

  12. GuyfromPeekskil

    February 10, 2016 at 5:36 pm


  13. Hohenhiem

    February 10, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Gervais seems to me like a smug asshole whinning about stupid shit like bull fighting… motherfucker you’re stuffing your fat face with bacon as you say that… shut up…
    Meanwhile this TJ guy is… well… who?

  14. Jerkoff

    February 10, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    JimPatrick Let’s make a deal – you can keep Gibson if you also take that asshole Russell Crowe that Australia fucked up and adopted.

  15. Rich G

    February 10, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Snakeeyes22 But haven’t you heard, Ricky is an atheist.

  16. Jerkoff

    February 10, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Rich G Snakeeyes22 Weird, you’d think he’d mention something as awesome as that.

  17. RonIsFat

    February 11, 2016 at 5:24 am

    I’m sure Gervais would fire back if he knew who the fuck TJ Miller was.

  18. Triumph

    February 11, 2016 at 11:04 am

    both these award show hosts are really great…FOR ME TO POOP ON!

  19. LeeJS

    February 11, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Wow. My respect for Miller just went through the floor. Whiny little humourless bitch.

  20. LeeJS

    February 11, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    So, you’re equating the killing of animals for food with animal torture as a spectator sport and you’re suggesting you think we get bacon from bulls?

  21. Jerkoff

    February 11, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    LeeJS Tried too hard there, Lee. You’re not daft enough to believe he thinks bacon is from bulls.

    Should’ve stopped after the first point.

  22. JimPatrick

    February 11, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Haha classic Triumph

  23. likedat

    February 12, 2016 at 5:22 am

    TJ you’re great and I’mma let you finish but Extras was funny as fuck.


    February 12, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Finally someone tell the truth about RG – Thank you TJ you are a genius!


    February 12, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    No matter what he says on an Award Show http://theinterrobang.com/tag/ricky-gervais/ is still an unfunny prick who thinks every punch line should be an awkward moment or uncomfortable silence. The Horse is dead Ricky stop beating it! Thanks TJ!

  26. davesteiner20102

    February 13, 2016 at 1:25 am

    T.J. Miller is a total jackass. Pleading to give Mel Gibson a break is support for Gibson’s longstanding, developed antisemitism. His comments during his interlude with the police is merely a snippet of Gibson’s hateful ideology which appears to include also vitriol against blacks. Miller’s ‘let’s celebrate Hollywood’ routine is simply pathetic. Gervais has exhibited talent and abilities that Miller can only dream of.

  27. davesteiner20102

    February 13, 2016 at 4:48 am

    SLEEPYDOG Given Gervais’ billion dollar assets, at least one other person likes him. Maybe its just another billionaire whose eccentricity led him to make a donation.

  28. JC

    February 14, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Wow, the people who post on this generic website are as asshole-ish as the people it covers. Lmao.

  29. Lindabeezie

    March 15, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Uh, TJ Miller is really taking shots at Ricky Gervais?  TJ Miller is the LEAST funny comedian ever to appear on any stage, anywhere (anyone see him on The Jeselnick Offensive?  Freakin’ God-awful.  It was PAINFUL to watch him flop so badly).  Ricky Gervais could teach this no-talent hack a thing or two about comedy…but he won’t because it’s beneath him.  

    Hey, TJ:  Ricky doesn’t give a shit what you think, so go troll elsewhere.  He’s too busy spending his billions that he’s made in his lifetime – by being brilliant.   Stop trying to make a name for yourself by riding on his jock. You insignificant, unfunny little twat.  Stick to Mucinex commercials, dipshit!  That’s about all you’re good for.