Ricky Gervais understands why people are angry following the latest Downing Street party claims (Picture: ITV)
The comedian, whose hit show After Life returns to Netflix on Friday, said he ‘gets’ the anger from the public and that he has been ‘naïve’ for trusting those in power.
His comments come after fresh revelations that 100 people were invited to a ‘socially distanced’ gathering at No 10 on May 2020.
A leaked email obtained by ITV News showed Boris Johnson’s aide Martin Reynolds urged colleagues to join him at the drinks and ‘make the most of the lovely weather’.
England was under tough coronavirus restrictions banning groups from meeting socially outdoors when the message was sent.
In an interview with ITV, actor Ricky said he understood why people are ‘angry’.
It’s been alleged a Downing Street BYOB party took place on May 20, 2020 (Picture: AP)
‘It’s palpable,’ he added. ‘Why wouldn’t they be angry. Myself and everyone I know kept to the rules and if you can’t trust the people in charge…’
Ricky continued: ‘I think I have been naive all my life. It is not until now that I go why do we trust them, of course we shouldn’t trust the people in charge, that’s how they are in charge.
‘They shouldn’t be trusted.’
Boris Johnson has refused to comment on whether he attended the gathering (Picture: PA)
The allegations of the party, which is claimed to have been a bring your own booze event, are being examined by senior official Sue Gray as part of her investigation into claims of lockdown-busting parties in Whitehall and Downing Street.
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On Tuesday, a growing number of members of the Conservative Party hit out at the Prime Minister amid fresh claims he attended.
The Prime Minister has refused to say whether he attended the gathering along with his now wife Carrie – although it has been widely reported he was there – insisting it was a matter for the investigation being led by senior official Ms Gray.
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