Personal security

Ricky Gervais ‘reinforces personal security at concerts following Sir Salman Rushdie stabbing attack’ | Entertainment

Ricky Gervais is said to have increased his personal security at his stand-up shows following the stabbing attack on Sir Salman Rushdie.

The 61-year-old comedian is said to have taken the measure as he continues to perform a string of intimate shows at London’s Leicester Square Theater to test out new tunes ahead of his upcoming tour and Netflix’s ‘Armageddon’ special.

The Sun On Sunday says the ‘concerned’ stand-up last week added more members to its ‘small team’ of guards following the stabbing attack on Rushdie, 75, in New York on August 12 as the controversial author of “Satanic Verses”. ready to give a lecture.

A source told The Sun on Sunday: “Ricky is not taking any risks. He’s employed his own security guards for the concerts so he can laugh and relax knowing he’s safe.

“He wasted no expense. They are the real deal and are positioned in the aisles and around the stage, keeping a watchful eye on audience members.

“The venue also does a lot for general safety as members of the public must be searched before entry and no glasses or bottles should be served by the venue. It seems like everyone is taking precautions. It is necessary in these times.

Ricky came under fire from critics earlier this year when he joked about transgender people on his Netflix show SuperNature – with US LGBTQ rights group Glaad calling him “dangerous”.

It came after American comedian Dave Chappelle, 48, was attacked on stage in May by a knife-wielding man.

Ricky, who lives in an £11million mansion in Hampstead, north-west London, with his longtime writing partner Jane Fallon, 61, said he still has 20 minutes left from his next show at finalize.

Rushdie is still recovering after being left with a damaged liver and severed nerves in an arm and an eye.

Hadi Matar, 24, who was arrested for the attack, denied any attempted murder.