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Ricky Gervais Explains How American Award Shows Differ From British Ones

On last night's 'Late Night', Ricky Gervais told Seth Meyers how American award shows -- like the Emmys -- differed from their British counterparts.

"You don't get used to it. It's always a thrill," Gervais began about being nominated. "You don't expect it either because then you're disappointed."

"I mean the best thing about being nominated for an Emmy is the annoys the people who don't like you. My career has become annoying people," he grinned. "I'm happy if they like it but if they don't like it that's good too."

"But it's great. It's a nice party," he said.

Asked about it was different to be at award shows in the US and UK, Gervais quipped: "Yeah, there are famous people at American awards shows."

"America sort of really celebrates success. If you win a lot of awards, they say you've won a lot of awards. In England they say 'That's enough. Don't give him anymore.' I've got a love-hate relationship with award shows... and England."

"It's a different vibe. We like the underdog. 'We love him, he's the underdog!' He's won. 'We hate him.' Sometimes it's overnight."

"I won't write a speech ahead of time unless I'm sure I've won. In England I'm sure I've won," he laughed. "It's mine in England. In America there's other people involved."

Ricky Gervais also briefly talked about being up against Louis CK -- whose career he helped jump-start before the comedian broke out with 'Louie.'"

July 24, 2014 |

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