Ricky Gervais Wants To Make His Own Simpsons

U.K. funnyman Ricky Gervais, apparently unsatisfied with having written and starred in the Simpsons episode "Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife," has vowed to create his "own Simpsons," which will air on HBO. In an interview with the BBC, Gervais claims "we've got our own Homer," a transparent admission that he and his crew are blatantly ripping off Simpsons characters, i.e. by renaming Homer Simpson "Karl Pilkington." [BBC Newsbeat]

Ricky Gervais Didn't Really Write That One Episode

"Matt Groening rang me up because he'd seen The Office on a flight, ages before it was shown in America. I did a very rough sketch and wrote a song. So the only things that were mine were the song, a couple of jokes and the Wife Swap idea, which was Jane's anyway. So I mustn't take too much credit - I said as much once, but they said no, no, that's always the case. Whoever it says 'wrote' the episode goes through the same process. So that made me feel slightly less guilty."
[The Guardian]