24/10/2016 2:01 AM AEDT | Updated 24/10/2016 2:07 AM AEDT

Ricky Gervais: Donald Trump Is More David Brent Than JFK

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Ricky Gervais mocked Donald Trump's bid for the White House in an interview with Business Insider.

Ricky Gervais just can’t take Donald Trump’s presidential campaign seriously.

The British comedian said the brash businessman’s bid for the White House was “like a joke that got out of hand” during a wide-ranging interview with Business Insider.

The creator and star of the original United Kingdom version of “The Office” also claimed the GOP nominee had more in common with David Brent, the cringeworthy boss Gervais played on the show, than former U.S. President John F. Kennedy

And he likened Trump’s entire candidacy to “a bet from a 1980s movie,” almost certainly referencing the Eddie Murphy comedy “Trading Places.”

“It’s like the movie would start with two old billionaires going, ‘I bet I can choose the worst person and make him president within a year,’” Gervais said in the piece, published online Saturday. “And then someone goes, ‘You’re on!’ and that’s how the film starts.”

Read Ricky Gervais’ full interview with Business Insider here.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.