Netflix has once again lived up to their reputation for giving a home to things which are too difficult for network television to broadcast by signing up Ricky Gervais’ controversial series ‘Derek’.

Gervais wrote, directed and plays the title role in Derek, which follows the 49 year old man who works in a home for the elderly and goes autograph hunting in his free time. However, when the pilot aired in the UK earlier this year it came underfire amid claims that it was poking fun at disabled people, although Gervais defended himself saying that although many assume he is mentally disabled, he had never considered Derek’s sidekick Kev to be disabled.

The streaming service will offer Derek to subscribers once it complete its run on Channel 4 in the UK. Gervais responded to reports of the deal by saying, ‘Netflix is the future. TV habits have already changed drastically over the last 10 years and this is the next phase. People want their favorite shows on demand whether they are homegrown or not. As an artist you want the fruits of your labor to be seen by the largest number of people possible without having to compromise the product. This deal gave me the freedom and the huge potential viewers of the Internet but the production values of film and TV. They also made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Come on, an artist gotta eat man.’