Ricky Gervais signs Netflix deal
Ricky Gervais has signed an overall multi-year deal with Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
He's agreed to release a third season of After Life as well as multiple comedy specials for the streaming giant.
The comedian released a statement to THR this week.
He said, 'I was planning to retire soon and just wander around the house drunk until I die.'
Ricky added, 'but I’ve grown a bit tired of doing that during the lockdown, and also Netflix made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.'
The actor has worked on a number of different Netflix projects in the past.
Some of his features include Special Correspondents, Ricky Gervais: Humanity and The Willoughbys.
The streaming service delighted fans last night when they announced After Life would be returning for another season.
NEWS: After Life will return for season 3.
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) May 6, 2020
The series follows the life of Tony, a local newspaper journalist whose wife has died.
Struggling to cope with his grief, Tony decides to give up his nice guy act and punish the world by doing and saying whatever he likes.
But his friends and family step in to help, and Tony's new carefree life ends up being a little trickier than he had intended.
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The renewal news comes just two weeks after the second season dropped.
After Life has been one of Ricky's biggest successes.
He told Sarina Bellissimo, "I've never had a reaction like it."
Ricky also revealed that people have come up to him on the street to share their own personal experiences of grief.
The 58-year-old said, "You realise that everyone's grieving and they liked seeing something about themselves on telly."
Watch his full interview with Sarina here: