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Why Ricky Gervais Went Nice for Netflix

Derek, his new series for the streaming service, reveals a softer side of a man who hates people who believe in God, fears fame and says of his friendship with Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld: "They tease me about being poor."

“I chose Netflix for a load of reasons, I think they are the future, they are already the present ,” says Gervais. “The family conciseness thing of a family having to sit down and watch a program at nine o’clock on a Thursday is gone. Derek went on in the U.K. and doubled its viewers the next day on On Demand. I don’t care where they watch it, I don’t care where or when they watch it, or how, as long as they watch it.”