Brooker told Newsnight his drama moved to streaming giant Netflix after it became clear C4 bosses couldn’t find the cash.
The comedian quipped: “They couldn’t make it work and needed money for that tent.
“They were saving for that big empty tent with gales of despair blowing through it.”
Watch the interview, above.
The 45-year-old also revealed to Newsnight that he stopped writing opinion columns in the Guardian after becoming tired of “too much yap in the world”.
Speaking to presenter Evan Davis, Brooker said: “It’s not a good mindset for a columnist to be in, saying ‘oh, what’s the point’.”