Hugh Laurie gets the ultimate celebrity perk – a Burger King Gold Card

Celebrities are known to get lots of free stuff, not just in swag bags at events but generally they are sent things for free. The theory is that the celebrity will be seen wearing an item which will generate demand for the brand.

I’ve seen some clothes that I would love to have gracing my wardrobe, but I have never been so envious as I am of Hugh Laurie’s celebrity perk.

Laurie – a human being so lovely and bright that, in a troubled world, merely uttering his name feels like saying a prayer – has been displaying superlative, ground-level analysis of the swings-and-roundabouts nature of fame. “[Being famous means that] you can get a table in a restaurant,” he muses. “But then you’ve got to go past a line of people who can’t get a table – and that’s a bad feeling.” But he goes on inadvertently to blow the lid off what will, surely, become one of the big media talking-points of the year. “I’ve [been given] a Burger King Gold Card,” he said casually.

London Times

The Burger King Gold Card entitles you, says The Times, to free burgers for life.

I love Burger King. I hold them entirely responsible for my pregnancy weight gain, despite the fact that I was the one shoveling it into my mouth at the time. For once I am green with envy.

The Times comments that this will be the ‘new high water mark of celebrity and power’, and that they also mention that Jay Leno has one. I guess this would actually be something that we common folk could envy, because I think just about everyone has eaten fast food. The previous ‘item to have’ was the American Express black card, which was used frequently by Jessica Simpson on Newlyweds where she commented that they had a limit on how many people could have one.

This puts my McDonald’s drive thru sticker to shame.

Hugh Laurie is shown scruffy and making a cute face at the Prism awards on 4/24/08, thanks to WENN.

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  1. Kristin says:

    I hate BK but why does he get this? He can actually afford free burgers for life!! Celebs get way too much.

  2. geronimo says:

    I say free everything for Hugh Laurie! He can do no wrong in my book and is a million, billion times worthier a recipient of free stuff than most other celebs that come to mind.

  3. Syko says:

    Kristin, I always am a little ticked about that myself. Why not give that Burger King gold card to a family of 10 in the ghetto, that would certainly generate good will for Burger King. I guess it’s the old “them that has, gets” deal.

    For me, they can keep their card. I hate their food, except maybe the ham and cheese croissant, and even then they don’t get the cheese melted and you have to take it home and nuke it. I have a Burger King 1/2 block from my house and I never eat there.

  4. devilgirl says:

    Burger King, not a fan. Now if he had a gold card to say a Sonic or In and Out burger, I would be envious

  5. Celebitchy says:

    I like McDonalds better than Burger King, and Subway is better than both. I wouldn’t want free food at BK though, it would be too tempting. Maybe they give the cards to celebrities because it’s free publicity and it’s not like they’re going to use them much anyway.

  6. silly lilly says:

    I want one! He is prob gonna give it to his assistant anyway…. I love him. he can do no wrong.

  7. Syko says:

    Especially if they’re British, huh CB?

    For me – the only fast sandwiches I crave and literally could eat daily are Arby’s roast beef and Chik-Fil-A.

  8. bc says:

    i adore hugh, and detest burger king. and mcdonald’s, and chickfila, and wendy’s and all the other FF joints. just… kill me some other way please.

    but hugh… *sigh* i would swoon if he so much as glanced my way

  9. emma says:

    i have to say that i’m not a fan of burger king. my heart belongs to in and out.

  10. Kristin says:

    Emma, me too. I can’t get enough In and Out!

  11. Hollz says:

    I’m watching house 🙂 lol

    Love Hugh, hate BK

    whats a Mcdonald’s sticker? like an express pass?

    i agree with CB, Subways the best, Chicken Pizzola, yum 🙂

  12. brit says:

    i love hugh laurie! 😀

    and burger king is so delish whn they just make it, im jealous too.