Ricky Gervais denies Caitlyn Jenner ‘snubbed’ him over anti-trans jokes and why can’t he let us have anything nice
Caitlyn Jenner reportedly snubbed Rickey Gervais at the National Television Awards last night following the comedian’s track record of anti-trans jokes.
The pair have a well-documented and turbulent relationship over Gervais deadnaming and mocking the trans TV personality in 2016.
When Jenner, 70, bumped into the comic at the NTAs yesterday, she allegedly didn’t hold back. Although, Gervais himself has since rebutted, saying she was “lovely and gracious”.
‘Oh my god she’s going to shake his hand! This is really happening!’
Jenner’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! cast-mate Roman Kemp told Capital FM all about the alleged exchange.
“Everyone was there including Caitlyn Jenner, so obviously there’s a lot of people who want to come up to Caitlyn and want to be able to say hello, meet her for the first time, she’s one of the most inspirational human beings on the planet,” he said.
“I just want to kind of set the scene for you.
“So, I’m there, Caitlyn’s there, we’re all chatting, everyone’s around. There’s Phillip Schofield, there’s Holly Willoughby, Graham Norton’s over there.
“Everyone’s chatting, everyone’s mingling,” Kemp described.
“Yeah, so I’m minding my own business, you know, just kinda chatting around and then all of a sudden I look over and Ricky Gervais is walking over to Caitlyn Jenner, but then I realise I’m in a conversation with someone else.
“So I’m going: ‘Oh, yeah, so, sorry, it’s a lovely night.’
“Oh my God she’s going to shake his hand! This is really happening!”
Kemp was caught mid-conversation as Gervais beelined towards Jenner. He did what anybody would do and kept his focus on the pair, all in the name of gossip, of course.
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“And it happened,” he continued, “the most awkward encounter ever.
“Ricky Gervais reaches out his hand and says. ‘Caitlyn, so lovely to meet you.’ Caitlyn literally looks out the corner of her eyes and goes, ‘Yeah.'”
Ricky Gervais on Caitlyn Jenner snub: ‘This is absolutely false.’
Shortly after Kemp’s claims were picked up by news outlets, Gervais responded, saying the story is “absolutely false”.
This is absolutely false. She was lovely and gracious. She said she loved my Golden Globes monologue & I said I loved her stint in I’m a Celebrity. And that was it. No snubbing. No awkwardness. No rudeness. @Caitlyn_Jenner https://t.co/wo3cuwQVRH
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 29, 2020
“She was lovely and gracious. She said she loved my Golden Globes monologue and I said I loved her stint in I’m a Celebrity.
“And that was it. No snubbing. No awkwardness. No rudeness.”