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Ricky Gervais steps out after Frankie Boyle’s criticism for ‘lazy’ jokes about trans people


Ricky Gervais was spotted walking with partner Jane Fallon in London (Picture: Rex)

Ricky Gervais has been spotted out for the first time after Frankie Boyle called him out for his ‘lazy’ jokes about transgender people. 

The comedian and actor, 59, was seen walking with his partner, author and producer Jane Fallon, 60, in London after Frankie made his comments. 

The couple were seen looking serious as they braced themselves against the cold weather in warm coats as they headed out for a stroll. 

It comes after Frankie, 48, hit out at his fellow comic after watching a routine containing jokes about trans people.

Frankie said on the Grounded with Louis Theroux podcast: ‘If you’re a stand-up watching him, you feel like, “oh, that’s someone doing a version of what we do”.

‘But really, it’s that I saw him doing his routine about trans people and I thought it was very lazy. 

The couple were seen looking serious after Frankie’s comments (Picture: Beretta/Sims/REX)
Jane and Ricky wrapped up warm against the cold December weather (Picture: Beretta/Sims/REX)

‘I would like him to have the same respect for trans people as he seems to have for animals. I don’t think that’s a lot to ask.’ 

Frankie, who is also known for his controversial jokes, added that he respects The Office star for his other talents, but doesn’t think stand-up is right for him. 

He added: ‘I mean, look, we know Ricky Gervais, he’s a brilliant actor, he’s a brilliant writer, he’s not a f**king stand-up comedian! 

Frankie had hit back at some jokes Ricky had made in his stand-up set (Picture: Hotsauce/REX/Shutterstock)

‘Just ‘cause Ricky Gervais self-identifies as a stand-up comedian, am I supposed to say that he is one? It’s f**king political correctness gone mad!’

Ricky appeared to address Frankie’s comments as he tweeted: ‘I look down on everyone equally.’ 

He has also denied being transphobic, previously telling the Hollywood Reporter: ‘I think offense is the collateral damage of free speech, and it’s no reason not to have free speech. That’s what I’d say — it’s the lesser of two evils. 

‘Having free speech and some people getting upset by it is the lesser of two evils because not having free speech is horrendous.

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