Ricky Gervais has taken a swipe at his fellow funnymen for failing to speak out to support him in the ongoing controversy over his use of a derogatory word associated with Down Syndrome.
The Office creator attracted criticism earlier this week (beg17Oct11) for persistently posting the word "mong" on his Twitter.com page.
He branded his critics "humourless" and insisted he means no harm by using the word, because it's become a more "urban" term and no longer relates to Down Syndrome.
Now he's taken to his blog to predict other comedians will soon be joining his growing list of detractors.
Gervais writes, "I love how me using 'mong' to mean 'div' or 'gimp' (and explaining that 20 times) has become... 'Ricky Gervais abuses Down's Syndrome children.' Ha ha. Why children?... I also love how everyone is trying to get in on it too.
"We'll definitely see some comedians on daytime telly discussing how terrible I am, then mentioning their upcoming gig that's not selling. Good luck to them though... All these people saying it's 'disgusting' and 'ban him from the telly'... They never liked me anyway. They couldn't have or they would understand."