Ricky Gervais has hit out at reports he is "desperate" to sign actress TERI HATCHER to appear in the second series of his new TV comedy EXTRAS.

A British Sunday newspaper yesterday (17JUL05) claimed the comedian was so keen to recruit the DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES star he had personally called her to ask her to appear.

But Gervais' spokesperson insists Hatcher merely features on a list of stars being considered for the second series of the show.

The representative says, "It is totally untrue that Ricky was desperate to sign up Teri Hatcher to appear in Extras.

"He has never even watched her in Superman or Desperate Housewives.

"She was on a list of people being considered for the show."

The first series of Extras premieres on British television on Thursday (21JUL05).

18/07/2005 02:05