“Johnny will guest star in Ricky’s new BBC Two show,” a source told The Sun. “He’s trying to work out his schedule but it will definitely go ahead. Johnny is a huge fan of Ricky’s and has a great sense of humour. He has wanted to work with Ricky for ages and this is it.”
However Gervais confirmed that despite rumours, Jerry Seinfeld would not be joining the show, which starts production in May and is due to be shown on HBO in the US.
Gervais – who has created the show with his comic partner Stephen Merchant – joked that the series will be “another naturalist observational comedy, dealing with everyday problems, human foibles and social faux pas, but with a dwarf”.