The end for An Idiot Abroad & The Ricky Gervais Show

Ricky Gervais calls it quits on two of his shows in order to focus on his new series, Derek.

Ricky Gervais has announced that he is wrapping An Idiot Abroad with two more specials and axing animated series The Ricky Gervais Show.

On his blog he wrote, “So I don’t think I’m going to do a fourth series of The Ricky Gervais Show. 39 episodes is more than I’ve ever done for any other project (Yes. I know that’s pathetic but trust me.) and I don’t want to push my luck.

“I think the show has steadily grown in both quality and popularity and I’d love to go out on a high so to speak. My worry is that as we’ve used up all the best material we’d have to record hours and hours of new stuff and it might ruin the naivety of the whole thing. Never say never though.”

An Idiot Abroad will also end with two final specials, An Idiot Abroad 3: The Short Way Round featuring Pilkington, Warwick Davis and a bike.

“I think these could be the funniest adventures yet and I’d hate to outstay our welcome,” he said.

He has also “just finished writing the finale special for Life’s Too Short.

“We’ll film after Xmas ready for broadcast around Easter,” he wrote.

As well as new audiobooks with Pilkington, his new focus is on Derek, in which he appears as a 49-year-old retirement home worker, who “loves animals, Rolf Harris, Jesus, Deal or No Deal, Million Pound Drop and Britain’s Got Talent – but his main hobby is autograph hunting.”

“I’ve never been so in love with a project or character. It will be on Channel 4 in the UK and I’ll be announcing other channels in each territory as they are finalised.”

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