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Ricky Gervais dons a black V-neck T-shirt and shorts during stroll with partner Jane Fallon


Ricky Gervais and his long-term partner Jane Fallon appeared to be in high spirits as they enjoyed a stroll through London on Friday.

The comedian, 60, kept things casual in a black V-neck T-shirt and matching shorts, while framing his face with mirrored sunglasses and donning a khaki baseball cap.

His author partner, 61, also wore a black top which she combined with a pair of grey joggers and well-worn white trainers.

Emerging: Ricky Gervais and his long-term partner Jane Fallon appeared to be in high spirits as they enjoyed a stroll through London on Friday

Emerging: Ricky Gervais and his long-term partner Jane Fallon appeared to be in high spirits as they enjoyed a stroll through London on Friday

The After Life creator sported a pair of charcoal trainers and accessorised his look with a large smart watch, as did Jane.

It comes after he poked fun at the Academy’s decision to ban Will Smith from future Oscar ceremonies for the next 10 years.

Ricky took to Twitter on Friday and reshared the news of Will’s, 53, punishment, noting he’s likely to ‘do six years with good behaviour.’

Will, who has not been required to return his Academy Award for Best Actor, was given the ban after slapping Chris Rock on stage at last month’s ceremony, after he made a joke about his wife, Jade Pinkett Smith.

Couple: The comedian, 60, kept things casual in a black V-neck T-shirt and matching shorts

Couple: The comedian, 60, kept things casual in a black V-neck T-shirt and matching shorts

Casual: His author partner, 61, also wore a black top which she combined with a pair of grey joggers and well-worn white trainers

Casual: His author partner, 61, also wore a black top which she combined with a pair of grey joggers and well-worn white trainers

Sharing an article announcing Will’s ban, Ricky wrote: ‘Hopefully he’ll only do 6 years with good behaviour’

The actor has been a prominent voice among celebrities in the aftermath of the Smith-Rock incident.

He has also hit out at people who have called Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia a ‘disability’ as he weighed in on Will’s divisive Oscars slap.

Ricky said Chris Rock’s joke about Jada’s alopecia ‘wasn’t bad’ and described it as the ‘tamest joke’ he would have told as he spoke during a live Q&A session on Twitter.

Stroll: The After Life creator sported a pair of charcoal trainers and accessorised his look with a large smart watch, as did Jane

Stroll: The After Life creator sported a pair of charcoal trainers and accessorised his look with a large smart watch, as did Jane

He has been vocal in criticising Will, 53, for storming on stage during the 94th Academy Awards and slapping Chris after the stand-up comedian made a joke about his wife’s shaved head, comparing her to ‘G.I. Jane’.

Responding to people hitting out at Chris for making the joke, Ricky scoffed at social media users who have referred to alopecia, a hair loss condition, as a ‘disability’.

‘Someone said it was joking about her [Jada’s] disability. Well I’m going a bit thin, so I’m disabled. That means I can park right up next to Tescos now,’ he quipped.

Letting out a laugh, he added: ‘And I’m fat, that’s a disease. I’m fat and balding, I should get f***ing benefits.’

Opinions: It comes after he poked fun at the Academy's decision to ban Will Smith from future Oscar ceremonies for the next 10 years (pictured in 2019)

Opinions: It comes after he poked fun at the Academy’s decision to ban Will Smith from future Oscar ceremonies for the next 10 years (pictured in 2019)

The Office star went on to insist that Chris’s comment ‘wasn’t bad’ as he condemned Will for slapping the Oscars host for making a joke.

He said: ‘You don’t hit people over a joke, however bad it is. And it wasn’t bad!

‘That was like the tamest joke I would ever have told.’

Will has been banned from the Oscars for 10 years for slapping Chris, but will be allowed to keep his award for Best Actor.

In a statement, the Academy blasted Smiths ‘unacceptable’ and ‘harmful’ behavior that ‘overshadowed’ the entire evening.

‘During our telecast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For this, we are sorry. This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we fell short — unprepared for the unprecedented.

Hilarious: The comedian reshared the news on Twitter and wrote: 'Hopefully he'll only do 6 years with good behaviour'

Hilarious: The comedian reshared the news on Twitter and wrote: ‘Hopefully he’ll only do 6 years with good behaviour’

‘The Board has decided, for a period of 10 years from April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards.

‘We want to express our deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances. We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our telecast.’

In a statement on Friday afternoon after the decision was reached, Smith told Deadline: ‘I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.’

Controversial: Ricky hit out at people who have called Jada Pinkett Smith's alopecia a 'disability' as he weighed in on Will's divisive Oscars slap

Controversial: Ricky hit out at people who have called Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia a ‘disability’ as he weighed in on Will’s divisive Oscars slap

He had already resigned from the Academy last Friday, taking the decision out of their hands to rescind his membership is it did with Harvey Weinstein. Smith’s wife Jada will still be allowed to attend in-person events.

The 54-person Board of Governors met on Friday morning after furious debate between its 9,000 members raged over the last 12 days in hundreds of WhatsApp groups.

The slap divided Hollywood and the public, with some insisting he should be stripped of his Oscar and not be rewarded for violence while others said dismissed it and mocked it on social media.

Will slapped Chris on-stage after the comedian made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith’s shaved head. Pinkett-Smith has been open in the past about her struggles with alopecia.

After the slap, Smith returned to his seat and screamed ‘keep my wife’s name out of your f*****g mouth.’

He the then won the Oscar for Best Actor in his role as Richard Williams, in the film King Richard. He used his speech to apologize to the Academy and to Rock, and he later posted an apology on Instagram.

Chris has kept quiet on the issue, speaking out only to say he was ‘processing’ what happened.

Upset: Will gave a tearful apology when collecting his Oscar for Best Actor after the slap on March 27

Upset: Will gave a tearful apology when collecting his Oscar for Best Actor after the slap on March 27

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