He is a fervent and outspoken atheist - so Father's Day presented a religious conundrum that Ricky Gervais simply couldn't resist addressing.
The comedian took to Twitter on Saturday to engage "God" in conversation and this is what happened:
.@TheTweetOfGod What did you, as your son, get you, your own dad, for father's day?; Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) June 15, 2014
As My own son, for Father's Day I bought Myself a necktie. And as My own father, I thanked Myself and silently felt disappointed yet again.; God (@TheTweetOfGod) June 15, 2014
In a tweet since deleted "God" added: "By the way @rickygervais, thanks as always for the many prayers you directed My way last night, as you secretly do every night. #faitheist"
.@TheTweetOfGod They were to Zeus actually but you just kept listening in.; Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) June 15, 2014
Then, referring to England's defeat by Italy in their first World Cup match, Gervais went on to say:
.@TheTweetOfGod what were you thinking with that result though? You're English for fuck's sake. Have a bit of patriotism.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) June 15, 2014
In another deleted tweet "God" said: "No, @rickygervais, I'm not English. I save your queen purely out of the goodness of my heart."
The comedian went on to ask questions about rock and roll and light before later tweeting:
That's the best conversation I've ever had with @TheTweetOfGod. Twitter is great. With praying I feel I may as well be talking to myself.; Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) June 15, 2014
Gervais has always been candid in his rejection of religious beliefs. In an article for the Wall Street Journal in 2010, he wrote: "Why don’t I believe in God? No, no no, why do YOU believe in God? Surely the burden of proof is on the believer. You started all this."