Gervais to write, perform in 'Simpsons' episode
“The Office” creator and star Ricky Gervais has landed his next TV gig: Penning an episode of “The Simpsons.”
Gervais is already at work scripting the episode at the personal invitation of “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening. He’ll also lend his voice to the episode.
He won’t, however, be playing an animated version of David Brent, the paper company regional manager who was at the center of “The Office.” Gervais retired the character after filming “The Office” Christmas specials.
Gervais hasn’t yet shared the plot for his seg.
“I’ve got the rough idea, but this is the most intimidating project of my career,” Gervais said. “The Simpsons” is the “greatest TV show of all time.”
Gervais scored two Golden Globes last year, one for TV actor and the other when “The Office” beat out the competish to win the comedy series nod.
Word of the Gervais-“Simpsons” collaboration came out last week at the British Comedy Awards, where Groening was on hand to pick up the award for international comedy, won by “The Simpsons,” while Gervais received a special achievement award for writing.
NBC is set to air a U.S. version of “The Office” later this season.