'The Office' Sitcom Saves UK Man Jody Parrish From Committing Suicide, 'Office' Star Ricky Gervais Comments

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By Rebecka Schumann | April 11, 2013 12:26 AM EST

Mere moments before UK resident Jody Parrish was about to commit suicide, he accidentally stepped on a TV remote, turning on a DVD of the UK version of the sitcom “The Office,” completely turning his life around.

Parrish, 32, said he had already written a suicide note but instead, stopped his plans to watch his sister’s DVD. The father of two said he spent five hours watching the first season of the show, laughing at the antics of the show’s lead character David Brent, played by actor Ricky Gervais reported The Sun Monday.

“Dave Brent saved my life. I’d not seen it in years but I don’t think I ever laughed so much. I realized to live for,” said Parrish.

Parrish said he was resorting to suicide after the demise of a six-year relationship and was at his mom’s home in Liversedge, West Yorks when he intended to carry out his plan.

“The Office” fan is currently on medication and combatting depression saying, “I am determined to get help.”

Gervais commented on the report saying he was “pleased” he could be a help to Parrish.

Following his comment, Gervais has been on a tweeting spree about death this week, quoting facts about how often people die.





“The Office” is a mockumentary comedy based on the daily happenings of paper company. Gervais was awarded BAFTA awards in 2003 and 2004 for best comedy performance portraying his role on the show as an over-bearing boss. The sitcom premiered in 2001, airing for three seasons.

A U.S. version of the program was picked up in 2005 starring Steve Carrel as Gervais’ American equal, Michael Scott; the show is currently in its ninth and final season with the series finale airing May 16.

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