It’s official! Ricky Gervais declares he is vegan after years of speculation

Author: Molly Pickering

Read Time:   |  24th January 2022

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Comedian and animal rights advocate Ricky Gervais announced on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show that he is finally vegan after years of being meat-free


For years, people have wondered is Ricky Gervais vegan? Now the legendary actor and comedian has announced he is fully vegan!

Gervais appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s iconic Tonight Show where he revealed his plant-based lifestyle.

For years the comedian has become renowned for his animal rights advocacy.

The news that Ricky Gervais is vegan comes as more celebrities are using their platform to promote and influence others to follow a vegan lifestyle.


Ricky Gervais goes vegan

Appearing on last week’s Tonight Show, Gervais answered a series of debatable questions from host Jimmy Fallon.

The After Life star was faced with difficult to answer questions such as “Who was the best Beatle?”.

Fallon’s questions took a dark turn as he asked the actor: “If you had to be a cannibal, who would you eat [from the Beatles]?”

Gervais assertively responded with: “Well I’m vegan so it’s even worse for me. I wouldn’t.”

Fallon laughed: “What about Paul McCartney? He’s vegan.”

“Well, that doesn’t make any difference if you eat someone who’s vegan, you’re still eating meat, aren’t you?” Gervais replied.

The pair continued with the comedic debate before Gervais concluded the questions with: “Well I’d rather not eat anyone!”

Animal activism

Ricky Gervais has been synonymous with animal welfare activism for many years.

The comedian has used his social media platform to spread awareness of animal cruelty.

In the summer of 2021, the actor initiated a campaign calling for the end of a series of ‘disturbing’ fake animal rescue videos on YouTube.

Additionally, Gervais joined forces with Humane Society in 2021 to star in the animated short Save Ralph.

The documentary-style video, which showed a day-in-a-life of a cosmetic tester bunny, quickly went viral thanks to its powerful message and A-list celebrity endorsement.

Celebrities using their platform to promote the plant-based movement is an effective way to spread the message and educate people.

We hope to see more celebrities use their status for the better in the future.

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Written by

Molly Pickering

Molly is the Digital Executive and Podcast host at Anthem's Vegan Food & Living, she also works across other titles including Women's Running and Classic Pop to create affiliate content for the website. Starting out as a Digital Marketing Apprentice at Vegan Food & Living in 2021, within 14 months Molly was shortlisted for ‘Best Editorial Assistant’ at the BSME Talent Awards 2022 and won the BCS Special Recognition award for Digital Marketing Apprentice of the Year in 2022

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