Following an online backlash, Ricky Gervais has clarified a comment he made about The Office being cancelled if it were made today.

The mockumentary series, which made stars of Gervais and several of his co-stars, has just celebrated it's twentieth anniversary and in a tweet marking the occasion, the comedian joked that the show might not suit today’s more politically correct audience.

In an interview with the BBC, he said, "I mean now it would be cancelled. I’m looking forward to when they pick out one thing and try to cancel it. Someone said they might try to cancel it one day, and I say, 'Good let them cancel it. I’ve been paid!’"

His comment began to trend on Twitter and Gervais then issued a statement to clarify that his words were ‘Clearly a joke.’