Watch our interview with Ricky Gervais about Derek, Karl Pilkington and his critics below:
The comic insisted that he really didn't care about the controversy surrounding his latest project, which has come under scrutiny because of claims that the lead character Derek Noakes is making fun of disabled people.
Gervais has always strongly denied the allegation that Derek is disabled and said last year: "Derek is a fictional character and is defined by his creator, me.
"If I say I don't mean him to be disabled then that's it. A fictional doctor can't come along and prove me wrong. He's different. But then so are a lot of people."
Speaking to DS about the debate surrounding the show, Gervais said that he expected Derek to "get a reaction" because "people are scared of taboo".
However, the writer insisted that he has no regrets about his work, claiming that he would always prefer to have a "cult" audience than a "broad" spectrum of viewers.
"Things that are quick and homogenised are for the floating voters," said Gervais. "If you really get into something, you'll love it forever."
The comic also joked about working with his long-time friend Karl Pilkington ("Any excuse to get Karl out of his comfort zone") and his Derek co-star's willingness to travel a long way for pork chop.
Derek premieres on Channel 4 on Wednesday (January 29) at 10pm.
The show will air in the US exclusively on Netflix.