Ricky Gervais to host a weekly SiriusXM radio show

By Karen Butler  |  Oct. 19, 2017 at 6:51 AM
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Oct. 19 (UPI) -- British comedian and actor Ricky Gervais is set to host a weekly SiriusXM radio show, starting Tuesday.

The hour-long program Ricky Gervais is Deadly Sirius will be broadcast from London.

"I started out in radio, and SiriusXM made me an offer to return that I couldn't refuse," Gervais said in a statement. "With 32 million subscribers, editorial control, my own playlist and absolute freedom of speech, it's the perfect platform for me, and, hopefully, the listener, too." 

Gervais, 56, is best known as the creator and star of the original, British version of the comedy series The Office. He also starred in the shows Extras and Derek; appeared in the Night at the Museum trilogy and Muppets Most Wanted; and has hosted the Golden Globe Awards ceremonies several times.

"Ricky Gervais is undoubtedly one of the most uniquely talented comedians in the game," added Scott Greenstein, president and chief content officer of SiriusXM. "Whether he's starring in a beloved television show, delivering raucous stand-up before a crowd of 20,000, or skewering celebrities at an awards show, the bottom line is that Ricky is a compelling performer whose legion of fans is only growing. We're ecstatic that he's bringing those many talents to SiriusXM, where he'll tackle some of life's big mysteries, while he charms and enlightens our more than 32 million subscribers nationwide."

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