Ricky Gervais refuses to read fans' opinions about his comedy shows because he's convinced he knows best.The Office creator recently described people who criticise celebrities in online forums as "deficient in some way", insisting it's equal to responding to inane graffiti on toilet walls.
But he has now qualified his comments, fearing he has offended fans.
He says, "It was not aimed at anyone in particular, no particular forum or fansite as I never read those things. I read a couple a few years ago and, as sweet and flattering as it was, it isn't healthy.
"With everyone in the world having strong and completely different opinions on the minutiae of your work, it might start influencing your decisions... I appreciate that fans have views on my work - I just don't want to hear them. I don't mean that in a bad way, I mean I don't take notes.
"It's not that I think I know better than everyone else in the world; it's just that I feel the best work is never done by committee or by pandering to the most popular suggestions. I think I have the best fans in the world. The stuff I've produced over the past few years could never have been the success it was without the initial dedication of the hard core few. However I wouldn't want to be stuck in a lift with them."