Hunting Life publishes a statement by Francis:
When I was in Africa five years ago I was of the mindset that I would never shoot a giraffe. I was approached toward the end of my hunt with a unique circumstance. They showed me this beautiful old bull giraffe that was wandering all alone. He had been kicked out of the herd by a younger and stronger bull. He was past his breeding years and very close to death. They asked me if I would preserve this giraffe by providing all the locals with food and other means of survival. He was inevitably going to die soon and he could either be wasted or utilized by the local people. I chose to honor his life by providing others with his uses and I do not regret it for one second. Once he was down there were people waiting to take his meat. They also took his tail to make jewelry, his bones to make other things, and did not waste a single part of him. I am grateful to be a part of something so good.
Gervais criticizes Francis for killing a giraffe and posing next to it.
Ricky Gervais accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and nominates Andy Murray and Russell Crowe.
Gervais guests on Late Night with Seth Meyers to talk about the differences between awards show in the UK and the US. He also jokingly explains why he is upset with Louis C.K., whom he calls a “big, sweaty slob”.
I discovered that big, sweaty slob. I’ve done everything for him, haven’t I? I was even in his show. I just see his freckly ass and everything, and he’s never thanked me. And now, he’s trying to take my award. This is dreadful.
Gervais is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards for portraying Derek Noakes on Derek.
I am over the moon. I cannot wait to fly to L.A. to see Louis C.K. win. Genuinely though, I am absolutely thrilled.
Gervais talks about his Netflix series Derek:
I have folded a few stories in, but they’re not so much strict stories as things in general. I’ve got 20 or 30 years of stories, some funny and some really sad. I just thought, it’s such rich, fertile ground because these people have lived ordinary yet extraordinary lives, every one. I find it fascinating that you’ve lived on this planet for 80 years and what you’ve seen, the changes you’ve seen. And it’s just the best backdrop for Derek because it’s sort of a show about kindness.
Gervais returns to Conan and chats with O’Brien about his Scandinavian comedy tour and Netflix series, Derek. They briefly discuss Gervais’ bathtub Twitter photos, after which they both hop into a bubble bath-filled tub on stage to take a special Twitpic.