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Ricky Gervais On 'The Office': Actor Talks UK And US Versions

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Ricky Gervais talks 'The Office.' | Terry Richardson / GQ

On Thursday night, "The Office" will finally say goodbye to NBC after eight years on the air.

While viewers and cast members alike are getting emotional over the end of the NBC comedy, Ricky Gervais -- who held the title role of David Brent on the UK version of "The Office"-- isn't feeling quite as sentimental.

"You know, it wasn't my baby. It was my rights, so I cashed the checks. I think it was good, but I didn't have the same emotional attachment to it," Gervais told GQ of the US version of "The Office." He added, "Honestly? I don't think I've seen much of it ... it doesn't feel like it's mine."

Gervais' David Brent, who was equally as obnoxious as Michael Scott (Steve Carrell), graced BBC for two seasons with his quirks and questionable management style. And while he left the character behind in 2003, Gervais revived him earlier this year with a mini episode titled "The Office Revisited."

“He is passing on his wisdom to younger would-be rock stars now and is living vicariously through a young performer, Dom Johnson,” Gervais said in a statement in February. “Well, really he is trying to worm his way back into rock and roll. Fans of 'The Office' will be excited to know we finally get to hear the whole of ‘The Serpent Who Guards the Gates of Hell’ and an amazing Brent self-funded video, ‘Equality Street.’ Horrendous.”'

For more on Gervais, check out GQ's June Comedy Issue, on stands May 21.

The series finale of "The Office" airs on Thurs., May 16 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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