Funnyman Ricky Gervais was left squirming on live British Tv on Friday (19Dec14) when a donkey soiled itself as he petted it in the studio.

Producers of chat show This Morning brought the beast, called Charlie, on set to give the studio nativity scene a more festive feeling, and animal lover Gervais could not stop himself from making friends with him.

However, as he stroked Charlie's head while presenters Phillip Schofield and Amanda Holden introduced the comedian/actor for an interview, the animal fouled the studio floor.

Gervais giggled as he told viewers, "He's just done a little accident, near baby Jesus. I say little, it was pretty big."