Ricky Gervais has admitted he's "gutted" that After Life is wrapping up.
The third series of the Netflix show about widower Tony is set to be unveiled this month but there won't be a fourth.
Ricky told PA it was the right decision "artistically", but confessed to being a bit upset, particularly as for the first time ever he was "secretly" keen to do a third series.
He said: "I said to Netflix, 'I'll do one if the second series goes down a storm', and I kept to that.
"I fell in love with this. And, secretly, for the first time ever, I did want to do a third, and I'm gutted that I'm not doing a fourth, really. But it's the right decision."
The Office star – who created and wrote the show – said it actually "makes so much sense" to shoot a fourth run, as the programme is at the top of its game.
"But I think it's right, artistically, to end on this high," he added.
And fans should not necessarily rule out After Life returning in some way in the future, as Ricky said a Christmas special was "so tempting".
The star thoroughly enjoyed working with the cast – which includes Tom Basden, Ashley Jensen, Mandeep Dhillon, Diane Morgan and Tony Way – as he said he loves working with people he actually likes.
"I don't want to go through hell, hate everything, to win an award," the 60-year-old told the news agency.
"But I want it all. I want people to love it, I want awards, I want to be paid, I want to have the best time, every day, with all my mates."
After Life premiered in 2019 and the second series started in April 2020.
The final season will be unveiled on 14 th January.
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