Ricky Gervais thinks the world would be a better place without people. He blames humans for the extinction of many species.
Speaking on Nicky Campbell’s pet-themed podcast One of the Family, Gervais claimed humans wouldn’t be missed if they were to be wiped out. Without people, the planet would have a chance to heal.
“We are part of nature. We are not above it. We are not in charge,” he said. Humans are not the most important species, Gervais told Campbell: “If we were wiped out tomorrow the world would be a better place. It would go back and it would be perfect again.”
“If bees are wiped out, we’re all screwed. We’re not as important as bees. We are one great ape, that’s all we are,” Gervais added.
Gervais said he blames humanity for much of the destruction of the natural world: “99 percent of all species are now extinct, and we are responsible for a big chunk of them in the last 200 years.”
However, Gervais went on to insist that he’s not a misanthrope, saying: “I like people, they are just not my favorite animal.”
The After Life star is a committed supporter of animal rights, and recently signed a letter backing moves to ban the ownership of exotic pets in the United Kingdom.