Ricky Gervais ramps up security after death threats and ‘disturbing’ letters

Ricky Gervais has reportedly decided to scale up his security ahead of his latest tour after receiving death threats.

It's believed that the 61-year-old comedian has boosted his security for his UK tour Armageddon over fears that he could be attacked over his controversial jokes.

At his recent performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, USA, Ricky was reportedly shielded by a "ring of steel" due to fears he could be shot on stage.

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His team have started a full security review ahead of tour, which commences on Wednesday (June 14) at the Cardiff International Arena.

A source told The Sun: “Ricky has been made aware that threats have been made to his life. His offices haven’t shown them to him, but have told him very disturbing letters have come in for him.

“Ricky is very aware of the dangers, and he can afford whatever security he wants, so he thought it was a no-brainer.”

Having accumulated an enormous net worth of £136 million, the comic added a further £1.41 million to his bank account at the Hollywood Bowl on May 6, setting the record for the highest-grossing gig ever achieved by a Brit.

However, the performance didn't come without its concerns, as last year, comedy legend Dave Chappelle was attacked during the middle of his routine by a man carrying a replica handgun containing a blade.

In his latest tour, Gervais is set to take to the stage to make jokes about Nazi leader, Adolf Hitler.

The 61-year-old is excited to hit the road after recovering from a mystery illness.

He tweeted: "I'm not well today. In fact, I'd say I just lived through the worst 8 hours of illness of my life.

"Severe abdominal pains, vomiting every time I moved, (but only tiny bits of bile), hot sweats and chills, oh, and I really want to know who planted the 12 gravy bombs up my a**e."

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