Gervais, who played embattled David Brent in the U.K. original that he created, settled the debate on Tuesdayâ€™s episode of â€œThe Tonight Show.â€
â€œI thought the British â€˜Officeâ€™ was the best, but my accountant assures me that itâ€™s the American,â€ the English actor and comedian cracked to host Jimmy Fallon.
The U.K. version garnered widespread acclaim for Gervais. But it was the American version that made him â€œfucking rich,â€ heâ€™s previously joked.
When hosting the 2011 Golden Globes, Gervais referenced the kind of money involved when he teased Carell over his decision to leave the remake.
As he introduced Carell to the stage to present an award, Gervais joked, â€œHe was a jobbing actor â€” career not going that well if Iâ€™m being totally honest â€” who got his big break when I cast him in a remake of a show that I created called â€˜The Office.â€™ Heâ€™s now leaving that show and killing a cash cow for both of us. Please welcome â€¦ the ungrateful Steve Carell.â€
Watch Gervaisâ€™ full interview with Fallon here: