Funnyman Ricky Gervais has offered to donate $16,000 (£10,000) to charity if his fans ignore him on

The Office creator is a regular user of the microblogging website and on Monday (06May13) he told his followers he was willing to make a donation to a good cause if they could resist the urge to 're-tweet' his messages.

He began with a lowly $1,600 (£1,000) but rose to $8,000 (£5,000) as the astonished funnyman continued to see his fans break the rules and nullify his offer.

His pledge eventually rose to $16,000 and it appeared the increased offer worked - no one had repeated his messages as Wenn went to press, leaving Gervais with a duty to hand over the cash.

In a series of tweets he wrote, "Let's play the charity game again. I will donate £1000 to a charity of your choice if no one Rts (re-tweets) this... Ok. Good try but a few of you aren't quite getting it. Listen. I will donate £5000 to charity if No One Rts this... Before you Rt this Tweet read it Twice. I will donate £10,000 to charity, if No One, Not One Person, Rts, Favourites or replies in any way."

Gervais has not detailed which charity will receive his cash.