Gervais has reportedly 'spared no expense' and banned glasses and bottles at the venue

Ricky Gervais ‘beefs up security at shows in wake of Salman Rushdie stabbing to make sure nobody can get to him on stage’

  • The Office and After Life creator is currently playing shows at tiny Soho venue
  • But bouncers beefed up amid apparent new threats to divisive figures on stage
  • Author Salman Rushdie, 75, was stabbed 15 times after Dave Chappelle targeted 
  • Edgy comedian Gervais has been slammed as ‘dangerous’ by trans rights group

Comedian Ricky Gervais has reportedly bolstered his security detail to protect him against potential stage attackers after the stabbing of Salman Rushdie last week.

The Office and After Life creator is currently performing new material at Soho’s tiny Leicester Square Theatre, where members of the audience sit yards away from comics. 

Sir Salman, 75, was stabbed up to 15 times by an American Islamist thought to be sympathetic to the Iranian government’s murder edict against the Satanic Verses author from 1989.

Gervais’s beefed up security also comes a few months after fellow firebrand comic Dave Chappelle was attacked on-stage by a knifeman wielding a fake gun. 

Gervais has reportedly 'spared no expense' and banned glasses and bottles at the venue

Gervais has reportedly ‘spared no expense’ and banned glasses and bottles at the venue

The 61-year-old Brit has attracted his fair share of detractors in the wake of controversial jokes in recent stand-up specials at the expense of transgender people.

LGBT+ rights group Glaad described material in recent Netflix special SuperNature as ‘dangerous, anti-trans rants masquerading as jokes’.

A source close to Gervais told The Sun: ‘Ricky isn’t taking any chances. 

Rushdie (pictured in 2019) was attacked at a literary event in New York. He is expected to survive the attack

Rushdie (pictured in 2019) was attacked at a literary event in New York. He is expected to survive the attack

‘He has employed his own security guards for the gigs so he can have a laugh and relax in the knowledge that he’s safe.

‘He hasn’t wasted any expense. They’re the real deal and are positioned in the aisles and around the stage, keeping a close eye on audience members’

No glasses or bottles are being served in the venue to ensure his maximum security, the insider added.

MailOnline has contacted Ricky Gervais’s representatives for further comment.

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