Ricky Gervais Talks 'The Office,' Replacement, Defends Golden Globe Performance (VIDEO)

04/13/2011 10:09 am ET | Updated Jun 13, 2011

Months later, Ricky Gervais still stands behind his high profile insult-fest as the host of the Golden Globes.

Gervais, who tore into Hollywood's biggest stars and rustled some major feathers with his performance, defended his routine once again Tuesday night during an appearance on "Late Show with David Letterman."

Encouraged by Letterman reading -- and praising his jokes -- Gervais said that joking about celebrities was a sacred rite.

"I didn't think I did anything wrong, they were just jokes," he said. "I did nothing wrong and I wouldn't apologize for it... These people are the most privileged, richest people in the world -- if you can't joke about them, what can you make a joke about?"

That said, Gervais also said that he didn't think stars were offended, citing a conversation he had with Johnny Depp.

"I think they were worried to be seen laughing at other people," Gervais said about the celebrities in the crowd. "I think they were laughing, some of them were a little worried, but I don't think people were offended. This is a few people saying oh it was terrible, it was controversial."

As the creator and star of the original British version of "The Office," Gervais serves as an executive producer for the American version. With Steve Carell, who plays the boss role that Gervais had in Britain, leaving the show, Gervais is set to make a season finale guest star appearance. But will it be more than that?

"Why would I get up at six o'clock every morning?" he asked, laughing off the speculation. "I get half their wages anyway!"

Letterman then asked how long he thinks the show will go on.

"I don't know how long a documentary would hang around an office," Gervais joked. But will it be canceled? "I don't think they do that with such a show in America. They've got loads of people to play the boss. There will be more people who play that boss than dogs who played Lassie."


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