The move is voluntary by the show's creator, Ricky himself. By way of explanation, Gervais stated:
"It's getting ridiculous and someone has to make it stop," Gervais said.
"I was trying something out. I wanted to see if I could cut out the middle man and make podcasting a commercial concern. Karl never has to work again and I believe that maybe he won't," he added.
Sounds like the cast all made enough money to kick back and relax for a bit.
Gervais was one of the first podcasters to successfully move to a subscription model.
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