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Gervais gets cameo on NBC's The Office

British actor Ricky Gervais will make a cameo on the U.S. version of The Office next week, playing the character he created for the original British series.

British actor Ricky Gervais will make a cameo next week on the U.S. version of The Office, playing the character he created for the original British series.

Gervais will reprise the role of acerbic paper salesman David Brent, who drops into the Dunder-Mifflin office run by Michael Scott, played by Steve Carell. The show will air Jan. 27.

Carell is in his final season on the U.S. version of the comedy Thursdays on NBC.

Ricky Gervais will make a cameo on the U.S. version of The Office, which he also produces. The episode will air Jan. 27. ((Associated Press))

Gervais, who was criticized by many in Hollywood for his insults while hosting the weekend Golden Globes, is an executive producer of the American series. One of his Golden Globe insults was aimed at Carell, calling him "ungrateful" for leaving a show that made both of them great.

The British version of The Office ran just two seasons, but catapulted Gervais to fame in the role of the patronizing and offensive Brent.

It has been remade in France, Germany, Brazil and Israel, as well as the U.S.

Gervais made no apologies for his Golden Globe remarks, which were also jabbed at Charlie Sheen, Cher and the Hollywood Press Association itself, in an interview Thursday with CNN's Piers Morgan.

"I don't think I did anything wrong," Gervais said. "Those were like gibes at these people, and I'm sure they've got a sense of humour."

Gervais said his job as host was not to "come out there as everyone's mate and schmooze" but to roast Hollywood.

Gervais said he wasn't mocking people. But in mentioning Robert Downey Jr.'s stints in the Betty Ford Clinic and Los Angeles County Jail, "I'm confronting the elephant in the room."

Piers Morgan's interview with Gervais airs at 9 p.m. ET on CNN.

With files from The Associated Press

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