British comedian Ricky Gervais angered Live 8 organisers by joking about poverty at the London leg of yesterday's (02JUL05) global musical extravaganza.

The Golden Globe-winner rushed on stage announcing G8 leaders Tony Blair and George W Bush had quadrupled aid for the developing world, so there was no point in continuing with the show.

He then added with mock relief, "I'm joking. They haven't quadrupled aid. We can carry on."

Even though Gervais had warned he would satirise the African crisis if he was allowed to perform at Hyde Park's gig, organiser Richard Curtis failed to see the funny side.

Curtis fumes, "Ricky Gervais doesn't know his a**e from his elbow.

"He was using world poverty for a gag. I don't know who invited him here."

03/07/2005 02:25