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Ricky Gervais' Jab At Justin Timberlake's DWI Arrest Goes Viral, Sparking Mixed Reactions

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By Favour Adegoke on June 19, 2024 at 1:45 PM EDT
Updated on June 19, 2024 at 2:36 PM EDT

Ricky Gervais' jab at Justin Timberlake concerning his recent DWI arrest has gone viral on social media.

The comedian's comment on the Grammy Award-winning singer received mixed reactions, with some people finding it funny and others saying they were made "too soon."

Timberlake's mugshot, showing his bloodshot eyes, also went viral on X following the singer's arrest.

According to reports, Justin Timberlake's scheduled dates in his ongoing world tour might be affected due to his shocking DWI arrest.

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Justin Timberlake Was Arrested For A DWI

Justin Timberlake at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Trolls Band Together'

Timberlake was recently arrested in the Hamptons for allegedly driving under the influence.

Police stopped the music star when he ran a stop sign after leaving a party at the American Hotel. According to the Sag Harbor police department, Timberlake had trouble staying in the right lane with his car and was eventually stopped.

The statement read, "A traffic stop was initiated by a police officer from the Sag Harbor Police Department and upon investigation it was determined that Mr. Timberlake was operating his vehicle in an intoxicated condition."

Timberlake also reportedly refused to take a Breathalyzer test when stopped.

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The arrest documents described the singer's eyes at the time of the stop as "bloodshot and glassy" and said he smelled of alcohol but insisted he only drank one martini. The same day as his arrest, Timberlake was photographed leaving the Sag Harbor Village Police Department after his release.

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Ricky Gervais Commented On His Arrest On Social Media

Ricky Gervais visits Today Show in New York

After news of Timberlake's arrest broke on social media, British comedian Ricky Gervais decided to make a joke about the incident on X, formerly known as Twitter.

In his post, Gervais tagged the "Mirrors" singer and wrote, "Did you get the bottle of Dutch Barn Vodka I sent you the other day?"

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The comedian seemingly used the jab at Timberlake to promote the drink from Dutch Barn Orchard Vodka, a company which he co-owns

Since the post went up, it's received over 2.2 million views and generated mixed views from fans of Gervais and Timberlake.

The Comedian's Joke Received Mixed Reactions

Ricky Gervais at BBC Radio 2

Some thought the post was hilarious with comments like "The best post on x today, hands down" and "Things like Gervais trolling Timberlake is what makes Twitter so great."

A third person noted, "You win the internet today Ricky," along with a laughing emoji.

Several others also commended Gervais for smartly promoting his drink.

However, some people thought the post was insensitive towards Timberlake and criticized Gervais for being a troll.

One fan commented that the jab was "too soon," and many others agreed with him. Another person wrote that the post teasing the singer was "ruthless" of Gervais.

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Justin Timberlake's Glassy-eyed Mugshot Went Viral On X

2024 Vanity Fair Oscar Party - Arrivals. 11 Mar 2024 Pictured: Justin Timberlake.

After news of his arrest began circulating on social media, Timberlake's mugshot was released and soon went viral on X.

A post of the photo by PopCrave received thousands of comments, many mocking the singer for his bloodshot eyes that seemed "about to cry" and condemning him for driving while drunk.

One viral post featured a video of Timberlake dancing at one of his performances with the caption, "Sir, I'm going to need you to step out of the vehicle and walk in a straight line."

The post was to mock the singer for allegedly not being able to follow the instructions from the police because of his drunken state.

Following his arrest, Timberlake was released without bail from police custody and is scheduled for his first court appearance on July 26. However, the "Say Something" singer is meant to be in Poland on that day for a show in his ongoing world tour.

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Justin Timberlake Is Currently On A World Tour For His New Album

Justin Timberlake attending the Dior Menswear Spring Summer 2023 photocall

The July 26 court appearance is likely to affect the scheduled tour show in Poland, but Timberlake's team has yet to make any announcements.

The "Cry Me A River" singer is also scheduled for two performances in Chicago this week before another two shows at Madison Square Garden in New York next week.

As part of the world tour, Timberlake already had performances scheduled for Boston, Baltimore, and Cleveland. The singer is about to begin the Europe leg of his tour, starting with a show in Krakow, Poland, and then performances in Birmingham, Manchester, and London this August.

The "The Forget Tomorrow" tour is for Timberlake's latest solo album, "Everything I Thought It Was," which he released in March this year. It's the singer's first solo album in six years, the previous being his 2018 album "Man of the Woods."

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