British funnyman Ricky Gervais hates celebrities so much, he often has to fight the urge to kill them.

The Golden Globe-winning THE OFFICE star can't bear the way stars become neurotic and insular after they hit the spotlight, and insists some of them would be better off dead.

He says, "The word (celebrity) itself makes me gag. I hate celebrities because they taint what I'm doing this for.

"I look at them sometimes and think, 'I'd take you to the vet and have you put down, because you'd be happier.'

"And then I feel sorry for them and think, 'Oh, you're not so bad. You're not mass murderers or dictators.'"

20/07/2005 03:19