Ricky Gervais has always been an animal lover and he made sure that Gordon Ramsay knew it in an unearthed video from the 2007 series, The F Word.
The sweary chef dropped by the table to Ricky and his other half Jane Fallon when they decided to make an appearance at his restaurant.
Having just eaten a Shepherd’s Pie from the menu, Gordon was pleased that he got the comedian’s seal of approval.
However, when Ricky discovered the lamb meat he had just eaten was reared in the back garden of Gordon’s family home – and the animal even had a name – he was left upset and confronted the star.
‘So hang on, they were basically your pets!’ Ricky asked, to which Gordon defended it and said: ‘They weren’t pets. You can’t fall into the habit of letting them become pets, although they are very friendly to begin with. You’ve got to distance yourself from them.’
‘Yeah, but when’s it going to end?’ Ricky shot back. ‘You and Jeremy Clarkson in a helicopter shooting your cousins? “Oh I kept my distance from them, I didn’t know them when I was growing up?”’
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While they both appeared to be joking, Ricky couldn’t help but rib Gordon for trying to catch the attention of women, adding: ‘You came through the restaurant the other week with a stag – who do you think you are? Thor?!’
‘I’d rather know that animal had a wonderful life and was killed humanely,’ Ricky added, before Gordon dug himself a bigger hole by giving the lamb from the pie a name – Gavin.
‘Why would you do that? When you buy it in Tesco, there’s not a name!’ cried Ricky.
Thankfully, they cleared the air over European products with rude sounding names – including Plopp chocolate and Spunk vodka.
Shot 12 years ago, Ricky is now a huge animal rights advocate, and frequently informs people about the unfair treatment of animals and what we can do to take better care of them.
He even completely fell in love with the dog he had hired for his new Netflix series After Life, and has frequently spoken about his admiration for the pooch while promoting the series.
Even Gordon seems to have been won round by the idea of vegan diets and vegetarian lifestyles – and the once proud meat-eater proudly released an all-vegan roast in his restaurants last year.
After Life is available now on Netflix.
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