Self-proclaimed optimist Ricky Gervais told Late Late Show viewers on Friday night that "we'll get through it", and that the focus should be on frontline workers during the Covid-19 emergency.

"You won't find me complaining [about staying home], not when nurses are doing 14-hour shifts," he told host Ryan Tubridy. "We're in no position to moan."

"I'm an optimist. I think we'll get through it, like everything else," the After Life star continued. "But I think all the focus has got to be on the frontline workers."

Looking ahead to happier times when the Covid-19 emergency ends, Gervais said he would be back in Dublin to do his show at the 3Arena.

"I'm not cancelling; I'm postponing," he stressed. "It's one of my favourite gigs, Dublin. I love the city and that venue is always, always great. I have never had a bad gig in Dublin, it's just great. And every night is like Saturday night and every Saturday night is like New Year's Eve or something. It's palpable."

Season two of After Life is on Netflix from Friday, April 24.