Ricky Gervais has hit back at claims he dubbed British viewers who don't find his show EXTRAS funny "idiots". A British newspaper today (15JAN07) quoted the comedian defending American TV audiences' grasp of British irony and attacking Brits who disliked Extras, the follow-up to his hit The Office. Gervais reportedly said, "That's idiots not getting it in England. The Simpsons, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM - Americans get irony." But his publicist claims Gervais has been misquoted. She says, "Ricky would never say British viewers are idiots."