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Last Updated: Friday, 22 September 2006, 10:22 GMT 11:22 UK
Gervais puts a stop to podcasts
Ricky Gervais
Gervais joked his co-star Karl Pilkington may never work again
Ricky Gervais is to stop making his comedy podcasts, saying he wants to "knock it on the head for a while before everyone hates us".

The Ricky Gervais Show podcasts, which also featured The Office co-writer Stephen Merchant and producer Karl Pilkington, were downloaded nearly eight million times.

The first 12 shows were available free but fans had to pay for the second 12.

"It's getting ridiculous and someone has to make it stop," Gervais said.

"I was trying something out. I wanted to see if I could cut out the middle man and make podcasting a commercial concern. Karl never has to work again and I believe that maybe he won't," he added.

The show largely consisted of Gervais and Merchant teasing Pilkington for his idiotic ideas, including his regular Monkey News bulletin of stories about apes.

The comic's second series of Extras is currently showing on BBC Two.

He recently signed a deal with ITV to televise his best-selling children's book Flanimals.

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