January 17th, 2011
10:10 AM ET

Ricky Gervais: Hilarious or a little harsh?

[Want to hear more from Ricky Gervais? You can catch him on "Piers Morgan Tonight" on Thursday, January 20 at 9 p.m. ET.]

From Angelina Jolie to Scientology to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, no one was safe from host Ricky Gervais's biting quips at last night's Golden Globes.

The Brit funnyman opened with a monologue that garnered more gasps than laughter, a bit that had Funny Or Die tweeting: "Damn. Ricky Gervais must carry his balls around in a wheelbarrow" and the Washington Post asking if we were at war with England.

"If not," the paper went on, "then why have we been subjected to two years of Gervais hosting the Golden Globe Awards, witnessing a growing hostility between the British comedian and a resentful audience of celebs?"

Gervais opened with a shot at Charlie Sheen - "It’s going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking. Or, as Charlie Sheen calls it, breakfast" - and then followed it up with a barrage of jokes that left some laughing (anyone else see Alec Baldwin and Robert De Niro giggling in the audience?) and some getting on the defensive (we're looking at you, Robert Downey, Jr.). Gervais joked:

  • But he wasn’t done yet: “I haven’t seen ‘The Tourist’…who has? There’s this ridiculous rumor going around that the only reason ‘The Tourist’ was nominated was so that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association could hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. That’s rubbish. They also accepted bribes.”
  • On Robert Downey Jr: "Many of you in this room probably know him best from such facilities as the Betty Ford Clinic and Los Angeles County Jail..."(After that introduction, Downey took the stage and said, "Aside from the fact that it's been hugely mean-spirited, with mildly sinister undertones, I'd say the vibe of the show is pretty good so far, wouldn't you?")
  • On “I Love You Phillip Morris” and, um, Scientologists: “Also not nominated, 'I Love You Phillip Morris.' Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. Two heterosexual actors pretending to be gay. So, the complete opposite of some famous Scientologists, then. Probably! My lawyers helped me with the wording of that joke.”
  • On “Sex and the City 2”: "Nothing for 'Sex and the City 2.' I was sure the Golden Globe for special effects would go to the team that airbrushed that poster. Girls, we know how old you are. I saw one of you in an episode of ‘Bonanza.’"

Halfway through the show, the internet started buzzing with rumors that Gervais had been yanked after the comedian was gone from the stage for an hour. But Gervais returned to close out the evening and not surprisingly, the reaction was mixed.

Celebrities, for the most part, seemed to love Gervais. “I thought he was brilliant," Chris Noth told CNN. "We could all afford to have a few ribbings like that." Thomas Jane thought it was "great to keep people on their toes," and Sofia Vergara admitted, "It was funny."

"How I Met Your Mother" star Jennifer Morrison told CNN Gervais was "really good at pushing the envelope" and was "definitely blown away by some of the things he said," while Peter Facinelli enjoyed the "fun, awkward silences when Ricky Gervais went there," but admits, "at times it got a little uncomfortable in the room."

And that's no joke! Most reviewers believed Gervais was a bit too mean-spirited.

"He was merciless from the start, mocking his hosts for nominating the stars of the badly reviewed movie 'The Tourist,'" wrote the New York Times's Alessandra Stanley, noting that mocking the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was a no-no. "Trashing the association that feeds you… is bad form, or bad politics."

The L.A. Times's Mary McNamara agreed, saying, "Poking fun at big stars is in the job description. But televised teasing requires a lightness of touch or else it quickly becomes bullying."

While McNamara felt Gervais seemed more comfortable hosting last night than he did the previous year, she said, "It quickly became clear that his material wasn't just falling flat, it was making many audience members and presenters uncomfortable and even angry."

But the Hollywood Reporter believes everyone should lighten up. "It made for compelling — if sometimes wince-inducing — television," adding, "The trouble is, the awards are for the people in the business, but the show itself is for the viewers at home. There’s only so much sycophantic back-slapping anyone can take without a little needling to burst the ego bubble."

Gervais feels the same. "I hope they can all take a bit of roasting from a nobody like me," he told the L.A. Times. "Did I think twice about any of [the jokes]? No I didn't. I'd say any of that to their faces, I'd walk up to them and say it. That's the test for me. And it's in good fun."

What did you think of Gervais as host? Tell us in a comment below.


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  4. Cayla

    Gervais constantly bites at the bit, and I love that about him. He doesn't give a crap if they fire him or not, if they gasp or laugh. He's sort of aloof and shameless in his humor... he's the reason we all tuned in to the Grammies, and the reason why the Oscars were so pale in comparison. Given, he makes things a little awkward, but it's all in good humor. Like millions other viewers have said, these celebs are in their own little bubbles... they need a jab once in awhile to remind them that they do get paid millions to pretend to be something they're not. :)

    February 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Peter Grande

    I thought his sense of humor was not funny at all!! It was not even British sense of humor.

    January 30, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sheldon

    He was not funny he was offensive. I especially did not him thanking god for making him an atheist. Extremely poor and out of line . I never want to see him host a public show again

    January 23, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gayla

    Hilarious! He's actually the only reason I watched. These things are usually sooo boring. I recorded and just fast forwarded to see what he would say next. I how they bring him back next year!!

    January 21, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JC

    It was hysterical. He is hysterical. If you watched last year you knew he was coming back full force and its their own damn fault for re-hiring him. That is style and humor. At least he made it funny because we were all thinking it. Otherwise news reports about all these celebrities wouldn't be all over websites and newspapers. We want to hear the drama and then we judge them. He didn't judge them, he brought up pretty funny facts about what they did while living in the spot light that was stupid. AND I think he was tasteful, think of poor Sandra Bullock and where he could have gone with that mess, he totally avoided hurtful things. I'm sorry RDJ you were in rehab for 15 years (yes exaggeration) and got into tons of trouble and now you are back making millions, give me a break. Ricky Gervais is hysterical and if you don't like his humor you don't watch the show. Its awards for acting, its a waste of time and money that we all enjoy AND moreso because he hosted. Otherwise we wouldn't be talking about it almost a week later.

    January 21, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. geo

    Really, not funny and very full of himself.As for his last comment about God if it had been about Islam he would have never hosted anything. again I will not support the GG or their advertisers. I will however pray for him.

    January 21, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. Catherine

    As a former fan, I thought RG made an ass of himself. Of course part of the fun of the Golden Globes is poking fun at the actors, but he did it in a manor that was very mean-spirited, especially on a night intended to honor their achievements. And Ricky, don't hide behind the excuse, "I don't care what people think; I would say it to their faces." There is a difference between not worrying about what people think and completely disregarding their feelings...that is nothing to be proud of.

    January 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Beth

    How many people saw that big winner movie 'Invention of lying' (or something like that)? Not as many as saw The Tourist! He was NOT funny. I enjoy watching awards shows for the glamour and gowns and expensive jewelry. And then have to listen to a sloppy little leprechaun taking cheap and personal shots at the actors. I would hate to spend all that time and money on a classy awards show and then be talked down to that way. I was more offended by the very last thing he said as the show was going off, but no one mentions that.

    January 20, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Caper632

    Gervais is great as always. He was brutually honest, it was meant to be humourous. The things he said we read everday in the star mags and see on the news. It was meant to be a roast. People who found this offense should get a life.

    January 20, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lklinden

    Ricky was hilarious! He's a comic and people need to get thicker skins. It was all done in fun :)

    January 20, 2011 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  14. PhxChk

    Totally inappropriate. We have young children and did not expect this kind of trash. Hope he gets kicked out or just plain leaves.

    January 19, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Annie Sousa

    RG was ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!! I watched the program all the way through just waiting for more of him. As for being mean-spirited – has anyone every listened to Joan Rivers on her "E" program, discussing fashions.? Her comments make Ricky sound like a choir boy!!! bring him back next year and I guarantee viewers will double for this show.

    January 19, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  16. CMS

    Humor utilizing truth is always the most painful and the most hilarious. Gervais was fantastic – the ratings are there only because people want to hear what he has to say! Watch – by next year ratings dollars will have smoothed ruffled egos and he'll be back for another year of hosting! I will only watch if Gervais hosts – he makes the evening!

    January 19, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  17. FightingLee

    hiilarious. RG was brilliant. That was the best golden globes ever. Right from the start. I would have just rather listened to him for two or three hours. Take a joke hollywood.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Superhiro

    I'm almost offended that they even suggested Gervais was offensive. All these talentless, whiny, Hollywood, plastic surgery ridden, financial drains on society should just keep their mouths shut and thank god every day that they don't have to hold down a real job like the rest of us.

    January 18, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Superhiro

    Screw all these crybaby celebrities whining about being made fun of. Grow the hell up you talentless, plastic surgery addicted, financial drains on society. Ricky Gervais owned all of you.

    January 18, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  20. marlene mendez

    The only reason i watched this award show was because Ricky Gervais was hosting.In general ,award shows are boring time fillers and because of Ricky this was not.All I can say is, If ya don't like his humor dont ask him back.Seriously, what 's wrong with the truth?The only jab I didnt get was the Sandra Bullock and the not liking the poor and someone being smelly???? Other than that, all was fair and funny.

    January 18, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  21. somedude

    As far as I'm concerned if Sofia Vergara likes something you did you're going in the right direction.

    January 18, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Victor

    Hilarious, bloody brilliant!!!!!!!

    Only good thing this show had going for itself.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  23. ANGEL/CHER

    WELL, FIRST OF ALL THE PEOPLE THAT HIRED HIM TO HOST THE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS KNEW HIS TRUE PERSONALITY BEFORE THEY PUT HIM OUT THERE ON THAT STAGE. SO IF ANYONE NEEDS TO BE EMBARRASSED OR MAD OR UPSET WITH ANYONE THE ONES WHO PUT HIM OUT THERE NEEDS ALL OF THAT TO GO TOWARDS THEMSELVES FOR RICKY WAS ONLY BEING HIMSELF!! THEY WERE HOPING HE WOULD GO A LITTLE OVER BOARD FROM LAST YEARS PROFORMAS OR THEY WOULDN'T HAVE HIRED HIM. THEY SAW HOW THEIR RATINGS WENT UP SO MUCH LAST YEAR SO WAS SO HOPING IT WOULD BE OFF THE CHARTS THIS YEAR! WELL, IT WORKED!
    IF ANYONE SHOULD BE FIRED IT SHOULD BE THE ONES THAT KNEW WHAT WAS GOING ON AND IT SORT OF MAYBE BACK FIRED ON THEM. ANYWAY, RICKY WAS HIMSELF LAST NIGHT AND DID A GREAT JOB INTRODUCING HIMSELF TO ANYONE WHO HAD NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE THAT HE IS A GREAT COMEDIAN! WITH A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR!

    January 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Ebert

    I think he was hilarious – people in Hollywood need to stop taking themselves so seriously. Besides, there is not one thing he said that was not true. Bring him back next year :-)

    January 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Dutch

    It was a brilliant show! Ricky just made fun of the movies that deserved it. He didn't make fun of Social Network or the King's Speech, just the awful The Tourist and some of the most ego-inflated "celebrities" out there. Hilarious show!

    January 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  26. cronos

    Ricky Gervais was brilliant! So funny that made me watch the whole show!

    January 18, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  27. JR

    The truth hurts, which explains all the uncomfortable looks from the subject matter. Kudos to Gervais for a job well done!

    January 18, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Nick

    If you are in any way outraged or offended by this comedy, you are a pathetic human being with way too much time on their hands, and just a loser who has no sense of humor. This was hysterically funny to me, if it wasn't funny to you, thats where it ends, there is no way making fun of a millionaire by another millionaire is ever offensive. You people need to grow up and stop crying about words, it makes me sick.

    January 18, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Patty

    I do not watch any of the awards programs. These "actors" are paid far too much for their craft and they have egos as big as Texas and skin as thin as a sheet of paper. Furthermore, there has not been anything truly good out of Hollywood for quite some time. Gervais was truthful. Why is it ok to "tease" everyone else but when it comes to "actors" it is off limits. Lighten up!

    January 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  30. rsprings

    The Hollywood folks take themselves entirely to seriously. And they can trow it around but seem o be a bit thin skinned. Most are publicity hogs..they are al vying for attention. Well when you do stupid stuff in your persona life then you get what you get. their movies are entertaining but frankly their personal lives

    January 18, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  31. jer

    oh my god, get over yourselves, hollywood! all you big actors think you're so important, as though people have nothing better to do but to sit around and watch you collect little statues telling you how great you are. yeah.....

    January 18, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  32. GAGirl

    I though he was very funny but I expected more...some of his bits were a little subdued to me.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  33. dag_22

    I laughed out loud and cringged at the same time just like I do when watching The Office which has been on TV for 6 years now. This humor is nothing new and if the producers of the show are supprised then they have no one to blame but themselves. If I have any criticism of RG at the GG it's that the jokes were old news and stale. The Tom Cruise, Robert Downy Jr., Charlie Sheen, Ashton Kutcher bits were all jokes we've heard repeatly for years.

    January 18, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  34. D

    Ricky Gervais is garbage. I hate that type of comedy routine where the only way someone can get a laugh is to be mean-spirited and put others down. And the fact that so many do it and so many like it reveals the true caliber of people these days. It's an awards show, not a roast. Sure Robin Williams used to take shots at people too, but he'd jab their professional careers... not their personal lives. And it was always, always in good fun.

    January 18, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  35. Laurel

    I thought it was a much bigger "wince" worthy moment when Robert Deniro made the slightly racist the waiters were deported remark, but nobody seems to even be mentioning that. I think the problem wasn't so much the things that Ricky saidd, it was more that they feel he's not a big enough A lister to be taking jabs at them

    January 18, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  36. Derek

    HILARIOUS, none of these uptight pretentious snob stars are finding the cure for cancer. When they do stupid things in their private life like Sheen then any joke is fair game.

    They need to change careers if they can't take being made fun of and what they say behind each other's backs is far worse than his jokes here.

    January 18, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  37. matbrat23

    I love Ricky! To hell with all of these self-absorbed, worthless, Hollywood "Stars"!

    January 18, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
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  39. berrit

    the only reason why one would spend time watching vanity exhibit itself (tasteless narcissism at full blast) is the one redeeming element – Ricky Gervais.

    January 18, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  40. Eduardo

    Rick Gervais was, by far, the best part of the show. If some actors, with their overinflated egos, can't take it, that's their problem. Any show lasting this long with hours of people thanking everybody up to their napkins must have a fearless guy like Mr. Gervais poking fun at them. Well done!

    January 18, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  41. Gene Kay

    If you're gonna hire an assassin, don't be surprised when they finish the job.

    January 18, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  42. stephanie

    Am a huge Gervais fan and thought he was serving it up in true Gervais style. Come on, people, Hollywood takes itself far too seriously. He had the nerve to say what many are always thinking and he was funny. Wish he was hosting the Oscar's as well.

    January 18, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  43. BERRIT

    Is he married? One of the few funny people around. John stewart take notice, you might learn something from a real pro.

    January 18, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  44. Gina

    I guess the question really should be, who cares? He was "insulting" (i wouldn't even call it that) celebrities. CELEBRITIES!!!!! Cry me a river.

    January 18, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  45. Sandra

    Ricky Gervais was hilarious!! I missed him in the second half. Hollywood make millions and most of it is crap. And WHY was The Tourist nominated in the musical/comedy category – had every right to be busted on. People need to lighten up!

    January 18, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  46. darkwind

    Without exception the WORST Golden Globes ever !!! His infantile attempt at humor is no less "white trash" than he is.
    Send him back home on the next flight (after a big brother strip search) and never let him back in.

    January 18, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  47. Thor

    Come on, there are some celebrities who have yanked jokes and insults both in private and in public...It is funny when they want to pick at a COMEDIAN...hahahahaha

    Ricky is Ricky, that is the good thing about him...

    We all have insulted or commented harshly about one another. Celebrities themselves are no exception to this game...Come on grab a glass of wine, relax and enjoy the show

    Robert de Niro was laughing...Tom Hanks was...Spielberg was...

    I was just sad that Movies like Inception did not win anything. Go Nolan...

    January 18, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  48. The_Mick

    Thew celebrities thought he was funny? More like they didn't want to say anything to antagonize that British twit and prompt him to say something to harm them or their films/shows/etc. in the future.

    January 18, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  49. RGFan

    If people in Hollywood have a problem, they should get out of the business. He is great, there is nothing wrong with laughing at yourself, lighten up.

    January 18, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  50. toronto

    thank you RG, for the breath of fresh air.

    January 18, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  51. Mike

    If you can't take a little ribbing, then don't thrust yourself into the public spotlight!

    January 18, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  52. Duncan

    Anyone who thought he was a little tough only had to watch the rest of the show. These wealthy windbags getting awards for doing something they enjoy and are well paid for. I find all the award ceremonies to be gut wrenching train wreaks. Some people are on the verge of a breakdown just because a few foreign journalists gave them an award.

    January 18, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  53. bev

    Modern comediens are the biggest bullies and they get away with it. I wandered what all the huppala was about I found the Brit, quiet a bore. Trying to get a laugh off other people's miseries or their low points in life. There was plenty of other stuff he could have made fun of. I feel Mr. Downny could have been told what a good job he's done in staying sober and reviving his carear. I hope they get someone genuinely funny and doesn't try to use other people's miseries to try to get a laugh.

    January 18, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  54. Amy

    I thought he was great! He kept the show "watchable".

    January 18, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  55. Kathleen Sauer

    Gervais was a classless part of an otherwise entertaining show.

    I am willing to bet that once the offended celebs and their agents, managers offer their reactions to
    his "jokes", he'll never host again.

    Let people pay to hear those jokes on the comedy circuit; this material was not fit for a general TV viewing audience.

    January 18, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  56. Jerry, Florida

    Any way you slice it, this guy is a pig. And, so are his supporters!

    January 18, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  57. Jeff

    I´m a Brit and I have always thought this guy to be extremely over rated, To me he was his usual boring self. Anyone who feels the need (and he does constantly) to explain their jokes is BORING and that's exactly what he is.

    January 18, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  58. Bill

    The truth hurts, but is sometimes funny even when it is you or your friends being roasted. He could have done a lot more, but I guess he ran out of time. They came down on Kathy Griffith at the Oscars, but should not have. The show is meant to be entertaining and it was to us the audience. Some folks are not going to like it and some will, thats America. We don't get all shook up when our comedians and talk show hoast are taking stand up shots at celebrities of other countries like England. If Holywood wants to censor such people then maybe we need to go back to the 50s with Joe McCarthy, I think half those actors are communists anyway.

    January 18, 2011 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  59. Sathiya

    He was hilarious or crude.. who cares... he got what he wanted.. he wanted us to take note that there is an actor named ricky gervais.... he is creating a buzz abt himself and the golden globes.... Thts wat the Hollywood press assc wants.. So he will continue the nxt year too.

    January 18, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  60. Just AThought

    I am on the side of not finding Mr. Gervais funny. At all. I got the point, but for me, perhaps, roasting and cutting humor just came too close on the heels of the shootings and memorials here in the US. Too soon after hearing that better CIVIL behavior is needed. Had the Globes taken place a few weeks from now, maybe Mr. Gervais' performance wouldn't have felt like insolent disrespect. But that's just me.

    January 18, 2011 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  61. Nichole

    Just like Hollywood to expect someone to kiss their a$$!! Aren't they being over recognized anyways..sheesh..Give it to them Gervais!!

    January 18, 2011 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
  62. lumpster

    He was funny but the jokes were better suited for a comedey roast and not that event. Some of the things he said were the painful truth and those stars might not want to see themselves in that light. That was a night for glits and glamor no one wanted to hear the bad stuff not even me. I would allow him to host it again it wasn't his fault the country isn't in the mood for that type o humor.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
  63. Agent Mark

    Again, I thought Ricky did a great job.

    I'm glad that people are talking about the host and his jokes... I'm tired of "what are you wearing?" This isn't frickin Fashion Week, but that is what seems to be emphasized at the red carpet, etc. I'm tried of "what are you wearing?" This isn't the Tim Gunn show.

    I thought Ricky did a fine job. He made the GG topical. He got the GG more press than they've had in decades. Probably ever.

    You don't like his "cruel" jokes, than you probably sleep through the Letterman, Conan, Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, and George Lopez monologues every night. Get over it. Check yourself, the man (Ricky Gervais) is funny.

    Even the world's greatest actor (Deniro) was seen giggling at his table.
    The man is funny... Deniro wasn't so funny (maybe it's good that he's kinda a promo recluse outside of his films... he's just not that funny).

    What the hell was up with Sandra Bullock's hair and Helena Bonham Carter's overall f-ed up look?

    Loved Melissa Leo's enthusiasm.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
  64. Chiti Mwewa

    Oh I thought he was PAINFULLY FUNNY!! What got me was how Deniro and Hally Berry were trying thier darndest not to laugh but u could tell they wanted to fall over with laughter when Ricky told the hugh Hiefner joke..toooooooooo funnny!!!!

    January 18, 2011 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  65. Johnny M.

    R.G. was hilarious. The Golden Globes turned themselves into a joke when they let Justin Beiber hand out an award. The Golden Globes totally pulled R.G. for an hour, which is flat out ridiculous. Of all people, Christian Bale supported R.G., from what I've read, so R.D. Jr. can stop crying and relax. Johnny Depp was laughing when R.G. poked fun at The Tourist, because Johnny Depp knows it wasn't his finest. Actors are pampered babies. R.G. for next years Golden Globes, that would be epic. You did great, R.G.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  66. Jared

    I don't watch the Golden Globes. I haven't for years, but I would have if I had known it was going to be funny and interesting. It's usually just about the industry choking eachothers' chickens. Maybe I'll watch next year.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  67. poanjb67

    The Hollywood stars need to get over themselves. Gervais was knee slapping hilarious and I vote he should hos t the Oscars!!!!

    January 18, 2011 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  68. Dano

    People, People– This guy is just another Brit, that thinks he,s funny his performance was rude and crass. The only person he really insulted was himself. Like the old saying. " its better to keep your mouth shut and have people think your an idiot than to open it and confirm it. ....Maybe he will get deported, now thats FUNNY.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
  69. JJL

    It was HILARIOUS! seriously....lighten up people! It's about time Angelina was called out on being a pathetic actor! awww poooooooor rich people had their egos hurt :( i'm sure they'll all get over it. if he is fired or is "kicked out" of hollywood, then its the US' loss! he is a great comedy talent!

    January 18, 2011 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  70. Zippy

    Last night, I really thought they couldn't have made a worse choice - especially in the American "climate" in which we find ourselves these days. Since the Tucson event, all we are talking about is civility, how we must treat people with respect and compassion - and I think he drove home the opposite. I know he's a comedian, but I think that audience made it pretty clear that less Ricky is better Ricky.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  71. Robert

    Comedy is about being funny, not insulting people. I love to laugh, and I'm personally over the idea that you have to insult someone in order to be funny.

    January 18, 2011 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  72. che26m

    Ricky Gervais was brilliant. His humor was a great shot needed in the arm of the usual boring Golden Globes snore fest. I have a feeling after last night, his stock soared. He's probably booked for engagments for the next two years. I'm trying to book him for the 4th annual Texas Freethought Convention in Houston for this year. His last joke was the icing on the cake; thanking "God" he made Ricky an atheist.

    January 18, 2011 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  73. che26m

    Ricky Gervais was brilliant. His humor was a great shot needed in the arm of the usual boring Golden Globes snore fest. I have a feeling after last night, his stock soared. He's probably booked for engagments for the next two years. I'm trying to book him for the 4th annual Texas Freethought Convention in Houston for this year. His last joke was the icing on the cake; thanking "God" he made Ricky an atheist.

    January 18, 2011 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  74. Marco555

    Save your tactics, this guy is about as over the top as beer foam.

    January 18, 2011 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  75. johnson13

    Ricky Gervais, best thing that's happened to the Golden Globes, kept everyone on their toes. Hope he is back next year.

    January 18, 2011 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  76. ec

    For nominating the critically despised tourist and burlesque, they deserve all the crap gervais flung at them. And more

    January 18, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  77. ybs

    Rick, fakk the tight*ss. you rock.

    January 18, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  78. Diana

    And we wonder where I kids these days get their role models for bullying!!! I am an adult and he can be funny and lot of the mean spirited jabs were. But when you get down to it.....its a form of bullying. Making fun of someones bad fortune or personal problems. Kids see this and wonder why in the world do we make such a fuss over a kid making fun of the fat girl at school....hmmmmm? I wonder!!!!

    January 18, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  79. Sandra

    Gervais is brilliant. People pay a good price to go to see Don Rickles perform and hope and pray that he'll single one of them out to insult. Gervais is just a little more edgy. I think it's a confident person who can laugh at themselves. For those of you who don't know, he is the writer of the show The Office. I love to watch anything that he's involved in. Stop whining and being so sensitive, laughter is good for you.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  80. seemack

    Only idiots watch award shows.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  81. neuroslicer

    Who knew Gervais was a miracle worker... making the Golden Globes a joy to watch!

    January 18, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  82. maggiee

    I personally hope he is done, crude person.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  83. lisa

    fantastic

    January 17, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  84. None of your business

    That's all he could think of to say about Angelina Jolie? Lame. Nothing remotely harsh about what he said. He should have let me write his jokes about the homewrecker.

    January 17, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  85. JJ

    RG gives us what we want: a true glimpse at the people and industry we (WE!!!) created, without any interference by the handlers and icon-makers. People, making fun of "nobility" goes back throughout recorded history, back to the works of Shakespeare, Chaucer and the Greek classics at least (notice 2 of them were Brits). There is a giant machine of insincerity at work here, and we are all cogs. Some of us love to see the machine come unbalanced from time to time. We pay 100% of their salaries at the box-office, and yet every media appearance is a carefully orchestrated product placement incident to sell us something we don't need, from a dress to a watch, to a hairstyle to a complete lifestyle. Every aspect of their official public life is essentially a living advertisement for the culture industry and Saks 5th. We simply crave a chance to see the real person behind the mask, and Ricky gives us that for a few seconds each year. He lets us be the puppet-masters by proxy. He pulls the strings for us, giving life to our silent cries of "show us what you really got"
    We're the real share-holders of Hollywood, and we like people who remind the hired-help who they work for.

    January 17, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Miranda

    Some of what he said was laugh out loud funny. Some was vicious. How many years does Robert Downey Jr. have to be clean and sober and making good movies before people leave his past behind him? There were at least two instances where the audience gasped rather than laughed and that's when he crossed the line. I worry about us when we think it's good to verbally assasinate people just because they have more money or fame than we do. Is this where bullying comes from? Are we all carrying a secret bully gene?

    January 17, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Phil

    So your saying there was some sort of awards show on TV last night?

    January 17, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  88. jj

    From what I saw the crowd, including the targets seemed to be laughing (depp laughed at the tourist jokes and I saw Noth guffawing at the SATC jokes) for the most part. Only negative feedback I've heard from targets was really Downey Jr. and the HFPA chief. Even when Allen and Hanks snarked back it seemed to be in good fun to me. I've seen more negative feedback on Gervais from the press and public that from those present for the evening.

    January 17, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Sam

    he should just shutup and sing Seona Dancing

    January 17, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Tommy Hoyer

    It was a stunning bit of great comedy. There simply isn't really any 'too far' in comic material; it's all in fun after all.

    January 17, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Dianne Darby

    I did not enjoy the sarcastic comments. I did not enjoy the cuts to others, I did not enjoy the program as much as I could have. I feel they need they need a change of host next year.!

    January 17, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  92. JJ

    RG gives us what we want: a true glimpse at the people and industry we (WE!!!) created, without any interference by the handlers and icon-makers. People, making fun of "nobility" goes back throughout recorded history, back to the works of Shakespeare, Chaucer and the Greek classics at least (notice 2 of them were Brits). There is a giant machine of insincerity at work here, and we are all cogs. Some of us love to see the machine come unbalanced from time to time. We pay 100% of their salaries at the box-office, and yet every media appearance is a carefully orchestrated product placement incident to sell us something we don't need, from a dress to a watch, to a hairstyle to a complete lifestyle. Every aspect of their official public life is essentially a living advertisement for the culture industry and Saks 5th. We simply crave a chance to see the real person behind the mask, and Ricky gives us that for a few seconds each year. He lets us be the puppet-masters by proxy. He pulls the strings for us, giving life to our silent cries of "show us what you really got, b1tche$"
    We're the real share-holders of Hollywood, and we like people who remind the hired-help who they work for.

    January 17, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  93. RJT

    Harsh +1

    January 17, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  94. wakeupnow

    Go Ricky!

    January 17, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  95. zoe

    Brilliant

    January 17, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Jill

    Amazing! In one night, HFPA managed to take what little class Hollywood had left and flush it down the drain. I was uncomfortable and embarrassed even watching. Ricky made a total ass of himself. What happened to the classy production’s where we enjoyed watching worthy actors/actresses earn what they had worked so hard for. His appearance was both “crass” and “class-less”. Watching the Golden Globes this year was no different than attending a comedy club while wearing formal attire and seeing an actor being “roasted” And on top of all that, “roasting” some of today’s classiest celebrities, (mainly Robert Downey Jr. and Johnny Depp) seriously??? At least do some homework if you are going to “Roast” Ricky… Robert has been successful and living clean for more than 5 years....You couldn’t come up with someone who is throwing their life away???…maybe Lindsay Lohan? And Johnny Depp is one of Hollywood’s leading men. Ricky, Your “performance” (if we can call it that) should be cornered by maybe a cruise line or comedy club!

    January 17, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Angilix

    He was at times difficult to understand. Humor was juvenile.

    January 17, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Jo

    I cannot bear him. There!

    January 17, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Angilix

    He was at times difficult to understand.

    January 17, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Angilix

    He added no class to the show.
    He was insulting and uncreative. Just because you're rich doesn't mean you "deserve" to be insulted.

    January 17, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Jill

    Amazing! In one night, HFPA managed to take what little class Hollywood had left and flush it down the drain. I was uncomfortable and embarrassed even watching. Ricky made a total ass of himself. What happened to the classy production’s where we enjoyed watching worthy actors/actresses earn what they had worked so hard for. His appearance was both “crass” and “class-less”. Watching the Golden Globes this year was no different than attending a comedy club while wearing formal attire and seeing an actor being “roasted” And on top of all that, “roasting” some of today’s classiest celebrities, (mainly Robert Downey Jr. and Johnny Depp) seriously??? At least do some homework if you are going to “Roast” Ricky… Robert has been successful and living clean for more than 5 years....You couldn’t come up with someone who is throwing their life away???…maybe Lindsay Lohan? And Johnny Depp is one of Hollywood’s leading men. Ricky, Your “performance” (if we can call it that) should be cornered by maybe a cruise line or comedy club.

    January 17, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  102. jen

    I loved it! Rarely is it worth watching these overpaid actors pat themselves on the back once again and talk about how "important" their work is- but he made it worth watching! They really need to stop taking themselves so seriously!

    I do think acceptance speeches should be limited to 30 seconds. Also, is it weird to anyone else how Angelina seems to feel the need to mark her territory constantly?

    January 17, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  103. The right stuff indeed

    Let's think first that no matter what you "watch" on TV it is ALL acting. They are ALL actors. If we didn't have the people in the audience we wouldn't have movies to talk about would we. Yes, they have egos as everyone who is in a position to which they work hard at or are very successful at...do. It is well deserved. The slams that they took from Ricky were probably not the most appropriate when you look at your viewing audience. Yeah maybe some of it was on the funny side in a tongue in cheek sort of way however, he basically slammed the shortcomings of others and that should not be tolerated. Take the Hollywood out of the situation and it was not the best thing for him to do. Funny any other time though.....

    January 17, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  104. r

    Ricky, fell Flat. He could of been more classy, but then again he has no class. He only said what was written for him...so blame the writer. Sad, he gets a paycheck for what he spued. I enjoy the awards, not the insults, no wonder some don't show up. Who wants to show up for that?

    January 17, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  105. fifi

    Ricky is the only reason I bothered to watch any of the globes! He is hilarious & the "stars" who were offended should get over themselves!

    January 17, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Michael

    Here's the problem. These celebrities do have a sense of humor. Steve Martin roast, too. But there's a difference. Hollywood loves Steve Martin. Don Rinkles. Gervais was insulting. He was a insult comic minus the comic. The difference is Gervais laughs at his own jokes so it appears as if he's out to make himself laugh. It's the delivery.

    Look, you people are in no situation to tell others to lighten up. That is such a tired and old retort from the bitter. These actors who get nominated put it all on the line for their well deserved recognition. In the face of how tough the business is and having papparazzi chase their kids. No matter which way you swing it, it's not right. Yet they presevere.

    So they have this one night to themselves and this is what they get. No. Sorry, it isn't funny. The reality is is that none of you would want to be made fun of on your big night and none of you have the balls to make fun of your boss' either.

    January 17, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • shawn

      Either you are deluded or you have lost all touch with reality. The only night that they have for themselves? Let's see. The oscars? Peoples choice awards? Not to mention the SAG awards. The only people that found it offensive are the people who have no sense of humor at all. His comedy is dry,witty, and biting. And let's face it... it's honest. Everything he said was true, but "taboo" to mention. Robert Downy Jr. a druggy? SHOCKED! Charlie Sheen out of control? SHOCK! Tom Cruise and John Travolta Gay? Never heard that one before! What's he going to do next, point out that Hugh Hefner is an 80 something year old dirty old man? Oh wait...

      Learn how to laugh at yourself, or the only people that will be laughing are others... at you.

      January 18, 2011 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  107. B. Romans

    Ricky is a jerk. I always look forward to the Globes as a fun evening and would never watch it again if he's the host. If I was an actor I would skip them. Who needs that kind of humilation. If wasn't fun, it was uncomfortable to watch and I'm sure to be there. Jokes are one thing public ridicule, who needs it?
    Disappointed fan.

    January 17, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Roxanne

    I think people are pathetic these days. Who can't handle a little roast or teasing?! I think what is really the underlying issue and what is getting under peoples skin is the Atheist part of it all. I certainly wouldn't call anyone inappropriate for saying they are a Christian so to those still reeling grow up and gain a little respect and tolerance. Atheists are people too.

    January 17, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Mel

    It was honest. That was why it was so harsh. And ya know what? Just like it said in the article, "Celebrities can afford to take a few jabs". I didn't laugh at every joke he made – I registered completely that some of the jokes were WAY out of line – but I didn't care. Cause it was AWESOME that he had the balls to even go there. I say...bring him back next year!

    January 17, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  110. shawn

    Quite frankly he was the only thing worth watching

    January 17, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Gin1109

    He is refreshing, actors need to not take themselves too seriously. Get out of make believe, seems real life offends them. Poor babies...LOL !!!

    January 17, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Donna

    Ricky Gervais was hysterically funny and if the million dollar prima donnas sitting in the audience couldnt handle his humor, they should have gotten up and gone on to the afterparty right then and there and skipped the skewering. Lets face it, he didnt say anything we really ...REALLY....dont know. And they do too. From what i am reading, it sounds like the audience, meaning us folk sitting watching at home, enjoyed the show. And these stars wouldnt be who they are (or who they THINK they are) if not for us.

    Robert DiNiro was brilliant too. LOVED his comments!

    Bring Gervais on for Year #3!

    January 17, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Tom

    If Don Rickles had been hosting, it would have been twice as harsh and he'd get a standing ovation.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Hallux

    I'm reading this, laughing because I can just hear Gervais's accent and cadence, and I wish I had seen this live. Comic genius- it's not funny until someone is uncomfortable. Just ask Henny Youngman or Groucho Marx.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  115. profart

    I think he has his audience pegged well. Gervais provides the rough, nasty "humor" American TV audiences love.

    Hence, I don't watch much TV these days.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  116. mrthedj

    I for one think that Gervais is a breath of fresh air in what is a stale and unhealthy environment where the rich and famous are idolised to sickening levels. I think that many on the other side of the Atlantic and in places like Australia will see the funny side and I’m confident that many in the US already do or will do over time.

    http://danieljames.com.au/a-jibe-too-far

    January 17, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Dub1045

    Did someone actually watch the show? What a waste of a perfectly good evening.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Andrew Nutra

    Ricky was fine. He could have been worse, he could have been boring.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  119. MashaSobaka

    I appear to be one of the precious few people on this planet who has never, ever found this man to be the least bit funny. Actually, I think he’s an idiot. Taking cheap shots to get laughs is the type of behavior that you expect from children in the schoolyard, and even they deserve a reprimand for it. This man is desperate to cover up his alarming lack of actual talent and it’s starting to make a nasty stench.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Buddy Kowalski

    All if not most of the TV shows are just put downs(@#! My Dad Says), BJ jokes (2 1/2 Men), and families yelling (Everybody Loves Raymond). Toilet Humor (Little Fockers et al) And people are upset about this!?. If they can dish it out, they ought to be able to take it.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Mike

    Eat it up, Americans.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Janet

    RICKY WAS AWESOMELY BRILLIANT!!! What did he say that wasnt true??? So YOU people get to be chauffeured around and catered to in uber expensive clothes and jewelery, make ridiculous sums of money, take home bags of shwag that are worth more than what some people make in a year, eat and drink to excess then, pat each other on the back about how great you are to pretend to be someone else and then be adored by millions for it.... hmmmmmmm GROW UP HOLLYWOOD!!!
    Ricky did NOT make fun of anyone's personal tragedies, ie deaths, divorces, cheating husbands, etc. – hell he even skipped the obvious Lindsay Lohan reference....but instead called them on the carpet for their often ridiculous, self serving and self-inflicted foolish behavior.

    The Truth Hurts!!! Ricky just remember Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, have had long careers doing the same damn thing! dont you change!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  123. cyan

    ...Ricky made the show!

    Was he not telling the truth............lol

    January 17, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Pittsburgh Brando

    Not a fan of Ricky, not because of the roasting of the celebrities but his forced atheism quotes. We get it Ricky, you had a movie out (which was worse that The Tourist by the way) called The Invention of Lying, where all you did is preach atheism and how you believe God is a giant lie. Then at the end of the GG's last night he had to FORCE in another anti-God quote "I thank God for making me an atheist" or something like that. The end music was on, a simple "goodnight" would have been fine but he HAD to get that quote out. Freedom of speech, sure but darn near blasphemy, well, for the 92% of Americans that believe in God. I am Christian, not a nutty one, but one that respects all beliefs, but Ricky is wearing on me a bit.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Aymi

    Very funny at telling the truth. Hollywood deserved it. Well done Ricky :)

    January 17, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  126. AJ

    Hollywood should realize by now that because of things like Reality Shows and YouTube, the days ultra demi-god stardom are over.

    People are interested in REAL PEOPLE and what he did finally humanize the stars (with a baseball bat). After working in Hollywood for several years, I realized they actually make their money by creating 'unrealistic' images of what people should be and act like, then convince fans that buying 'Products X' will give them the life of a star too. Well, last night Ricky simply reminded everyone that Stars have problems just like everyone else.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Jhon spencer

    I ´m depply astonished as how people accept personnAl insults and defamation as HUMOR..i wonder when did AMERICA...BEGAN believing that personal attacks and defamation became HUMOROUS....I franly believe this guy is very funny but on that night he went a little to far....if we let this pass as humor wehere are we heading....i can only guess...This by far has been the worst host...other host pick on stars a little but this guy went off the edge...ill bet you never see him again.....hes messing with GIANTS.........

    January 17, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Q

    MrsFizzy, what the f*** are you talking about, you freak?

    January 17, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Jen

    These award shows are such nonsense. Just an opportunity for the movie industry to pat itself on the back. Ricky Gervais was the only thing that made it worth watching and I personally think he was brilliant. He was witty and his delivery was dead on. So he's poking harmless jabs at the richest, most famous people in the world. Gasp! Would it kill them to be able to laugh at themselves?

    January 17, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Elaine

    Makes me laugh when news reports make it sound like the average American was offended by Gervais' jokes. I don't know anyone who was. Like so many here, I think Hollywood needs to take itself less seriously. In a way, I think Mr. Gervais may have been pointing out to us (and them) the sheer ludicrousness of us making them into heroes and therefore, untouchable. They're just actors. That's all. They get paid atrocious amounts of money and a never-ending amount of benefits for "acting" as someone else. These awards shows tend to be "love fests" ..... "oh you're wonderful, no, you're wonderful, no YOU"RE wonderful". It all seems a tad phony by the end of the night. So they spend the night patting each other on the back .......And they're not be joked about like the "average" American gets joked about? Really Hollywood elite? Really? Too good for that are you?

    Kudos to Ricky Gervais.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  131. dl

    I am really tired of God being mocked. I will NEVER understand it or accept it.

    January 17, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Jimmy Chonga

    Typical American idiots don't understand British humor. It was hilarious and you sucks saying it was mean are a bunch of bleeding heart losers. That's mean.

    January 17, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Laura

    Ricky was the only entertaining thing about the Golden Globes as far as I'm concerned!

    January 17, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Brian

    Amazingly funny. I dont know what people are having a problem with......

    January 17, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Todd

    Ricky Gervais is comedy gold, pure and simple. If those folks can't take it, they can skip the event.

    January 17, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  136. dl

    He was offensive, not funny in the least bit, and so ordinary. We are so used to having garbage served to us and have lost all sense of what is appropriate...another instance of the dumbing down of America. Of course Hollywood would think he was great...their trains both stop at dysfunction junction. I would hope someone would have enough sense to NEVER invite him back.

    January 17, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  137. John Carrieres

    TASTELESS – absolutely without any entertainment value. This guy belongs in the crowbar hotel !!

    January 17, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Kay

    I thought he was hilarious! I mean there are so many award shows for tv and movies and all that makes them; some humor and making fun of them is warranted!

    January 17, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  139. BRILLIANT/AWESOME!! "Heather Mills..."

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1348067/Golden-Globes-2011-Ricky-Gervaiss-risqu-attack-self-loving-Tinseltown.html

    Haha! WELL DONE RICKY!!

    January 17, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  140. John

    Thank you Ricky G. Someone has to tell these inflated talking heads that they are not all that. I wish someone had said something to Sean Penn years ago so he wouldn't try being the next president of Haiti!

    January 17, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Alex

    Did anyone catch the last attempt at humor as the show ended, "Thank you God for making me an atheist"? Up until then, his humor was pushing the envelope but at least on topic. Why make such a condescending and antagonistic remark to all the people who do choose to believe. No one would consider it tasteful or acceptable if Tom Cruise were up there recruiting for Scientology, so why does Ricky Gervais get some sort of free pass for ridiculing other people's beliefs?

    January 17, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  142. che bravo

    Book him for all upcoming Oscars, Golden Globes, People's Choice Awards, Grammy's, AMAs, State of the Union addresses and my company holiday party for crying out loud. We love you Ricky. Let these Richards roast! They need it once in a while. All in good fun though!

    January 17, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Jen

    They get paid way more than they deserve, so I think they can handle a little roasting.

    January 17, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Ali

    I thought he was hilarious and his tone seemed light and all in good fun. As for the people in the audience they mostly seemed to be laughing and enjoying it, even some of the ones he was ripping on. If people really want to see him be harsh watch some of his stand up and see how he rips on himself. I think everyone can benefit from laughing at themselves every once in a while as well

    January 17, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Spendlove

    I loved it!!! Great show Ricky keep it up.

    January 17, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Andres

    The bribe joke relating to the foreign press was a little bit too much probably, since they are the ones that pay for the show. Other than that, everything was funny, and cruel, but ultimately funny.

    If he ran his jokes with the producers of the show beforehand then the foreign press joke (or any joke he said) was not too much.

    January 17, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Marisa

    Yes yes, lighten up! Those who got skewered were HUGE stars! He didn't go after any B listers. He went after those who should be able to take a joke. They are rich, famous and live the big life. If you are all that and can't take a joke...jokes that were all based on tabloid stories, then you take yourself FAR too seriously. Yes, it was cringe inducing, but that is was made it brilliant. I hope they have him back next year!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  148. fanny

    the people that thought RG was not funny was mostly because of the gay comment and its obvious
    that those people responding must be gay. get over it !

    January 17, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marisa

      No, gay people LOVED that joke!! Who hated it is Tom Cruise and John Travolta fans. I've heard the rumors for YEARS in my gay circles that those two are, in fact, gay. Scientology treats being gay like a mental illness..... something to be fixed. I loved it and I love gay people.

      January 17, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ali

      No, I think the people who are upset about it are the ones who have no sense of humor and take themselves too seriously

      January 17, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  149. dre

    Totally hilarious. Everyone in this country is way too politically correct. Who cares if he made some "rude" jokes, ITS A JOKE!!! lighten up people, geez

    January 17, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Norma

    This Ricky guy mistakenly believed this was "his" show. It wasn't funny at all!! Those people in the audiece who were seen laughing either really enjoyed because they are like him, OR did it because in the entertainment world you have to FAKE sometimes in order to please the producers (who may hire you for a job in the future.
    This guy is mean and outrageous because has no talent to find sarcastic but more subtle jokes. Who had the "smart" idea of hiring this rude, disgussting guy? We have excellent people in the entertainment circle that could have done much better. An by the way, the show was boooooring, toooo long, and please tell the winners to keep it short and just say "Thank you"

    January 17, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  151. andy

    Was not funny, Mean, nasty, offensive but not shocking nor funny, Turned the show off.

    January 17, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Keven

    Love it. The pampered pets ego's need to come down a notch!

    January 17, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  153. mw

    Funny. But I was disappointed when at the end he said, " Thank you God for making me an athiest".. I did not like that. It was not funny. It was inappropriate, and as a believer, I felt sad for him.

    January 17, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  154. carol

    I thought Ricky was hilarious! These are movie stars not heart surgeons. All I saw was some very big egos and some talent sprinkled in the crowd. The ribbing was all in good fun, nothing false was said. If they take the big bucks for the movies they make, they can take some ribbing for their behavior.

    January 17, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Don

    Ricky–don't ever change. For the past two years, you've been the best thing about the Golden Globes. If Tom Cruise and John Travolta don't like it, they can quit Scientology and hanging around in gay bath houses.

    January 17, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  156. rue morgue

    Ok, so Hollywood is full of itself. Anyone who doesn't know this is blind or living in a dark. Given this, does that give the *host* of the show the right to be equally full of himself and be rude and insulting? I don't think so. Was he funny? Each viewer can decide for himself, but I don't see rudeness and insults as funny.

    January 17, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  157. rdschrecengost

    This guy [Ricky Gervais] is himself a joke. I suppose that's all he can do, is to make a fool out of himself by trying to make fools out of others. What a talent.

    January 17, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Mark

    Ricky Gervais was AWESOME last night. Brilliant. Because of the fact that he does not cow tow to the Hollywood elite. It's too bad we won't see him again on the Golden Globe Awards. or any award show in the US for that matter.

    January 17, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  159. cmj

    RG sure got the press on this one. Not even one comment (unless I missed it) on the styles, hair and plastic faces? Why should RG have all the pokin' fun at celebs expense moments? One exception was Halle Berry. She looks great no matter what.

    January 17, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  160. mr. mike

    Great biting humor, really funny, different unexpected, very quick intelligent, everybody lighten up and don't be so serious everyone loves these stars and would like to be able to relate to them by watching them taking a joke about themselves and laughing about it instead of being defensive, although Downey's comeback is incredible too. Entertaining.

    January 17, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Lou

    The truth hurts. Gervais was right on the money.

    January 17, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  162. sarah

    Gervais was mean, vulgar and out of place. And his teeth looked like fangs...

    January 17, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Walt

    Gervais was rude and crude. He laid a goose egg. He's not a first class act like Crystal, Martin or Goldberg, nor even as funny. Actually, he's too caught up with himself.

    January 17, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Kim

    It hurts because it's true. Lighten-up millionaires!

    January 17, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Paulista

    Brilliant Ricky, taking on the egos of pampered, overrated third-rate actors. The Oscars would be enhanced with Ricky as the MC !

    January 17, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Diane

    Ricky was too funny, and I hope he comes back next year or I won't bother to watch. He makes the show!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Maya T-W.

    "Peter Facinelli enjoyed the "fun, awkward silences when Ricky Gervais went there," but admits, "at times it got a little uncomfortable in the room."- Oh poor Facinelli (who?), must of been so 'uncomfortable' to endure having a table at the GG. I was not a huge fan of Gervais before, but he was the best part of the show-Brilliant! Complete joke the Tourist got nominated.

    January 17, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  168. Canuck

    Gervais showed no class at all.

    January 17, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  169. Mark Flag

    Gee, they laugh like hyenas when Tina Fey does it.

    January 17, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  170. MrBo

    Gervais forever!

    The Tourist was a piece of crap. If you make a crappy movie, live with getting railed for it, HFPA.

    January 17, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  171. Kim

    Fantastically funny, RD jnr looked a fool because of his reaction, not what Ricky Gervais said. Complete humour malfunction on his part.

    January 17, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  172. Klaark

    Good for him. The only reason to watch these insipid, crooked, events is to hear jokes about celebs. They get paid millions, they can rub money on their bruised egos.

    January 17, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Mike

    The only reason I even knew the Golden Globes happened was because everyone was talking about how brilliant Ricky Gervais was... I told my wife I wanted to watch The Invention of Lying this weekend, a movie in which he stars.

    Look, these Hollywood actors make more money in one flick than most of us will make in a lifetime! Have a little perspective and loosen up, won't you?

    January 17, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Janet

    He was funny...a little cruel sometimes, but funny. I don't think he said anything that wasn't true. Maybe he could say it in a kinder way next time.

    January 17, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  175. JC

    I love Ricky, and he did a fantastic job. The Golden Globes are awards given to stars by their peers, so I really don't need a host sucking their asses even more. How is no one offended by DeNiro taking a shot at Hispanics? Where the hell is the outcry about THAT??

    January 17, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  176. harry

    All the people calling RG mean need to get a sense of humor.

    Thats the exact kind of humor he brings to the table. And he was making fun of actors to their faces. The show itself was aired for the 17 million viewers who tuned in to watch the golden globes, and by all accounts RG was the best thing about the show.

    Shame on the self obsessed hollywood stars who can't take a joke or too. All the people I know agree that this was one of the very best golden globes ceremonies in recent history.

    Kudos to Ricky

    January 17, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  177. cesar

    for those of you whothought he was mean ..grow a pair.. its called humor

    January 17, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  178. bmb

    i was disappointed that rg relied so much on insult for his laughs - i think he is enormously funny and talented but maybe not in this venue - for those who are there to be recognized for their hard work and then be insulted or embarrassed is not right - it doesn't matter who you are - how many of you would want to go to an event where you are being awarded (or even suggested for an award) and then get slammed by the host? there is a time and place for "insulting" humor, i suppose, but i don't think an award show it it.

    January 17, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  179. JACK LARSON

    He was awful. And he wasn't the least bit funny.

    January 17, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Bonanza

    ROTFLMAO!!! saw her on Bonanza!!!! AAAAAHhhahahahahahahahah

    January 17, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Aatami

    He was awesome. I haven't laughed this hard in ages. Anyone who feels offended is just plain dimwitted and too full of themselves.

    January 17, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Sandy Anderson

    My husband and I thought he was great, as always!! We love his sense of humor, so refreshing.

    January 17, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Pete

    Sorry I missed it. Sounds like it was the best ever.

    January 17, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  184. UpNorth

    The orchestra was awful, worse than a funeral dirge. The audio was erratic. The seating arrangement was awkward. The speeches were the usual butt kissing snooze-fest of reciting lists of names that nobody knows. Even the movie clips were lousy. The entire production was a complete train-wreck. But I remained riveted to my tv from start to finish, just to hear what Ricky was going to say next. If the hosting had been "polite", I would have turned it off after the 1st acceptance speech. Ricky was a brilliant choice to try to keep people tuned in. Hardly anyone outside of Hollywood even knows or cares who the HFPA is. Ricky managed to keep it interesting, and brought loads of publicity, so whatever they paid him, they ought to double it.

    January 17, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  185. Gerard

    Did he tell any lies, or did he just say what everyone was thinking of? It is what it is, and if people can't laugh at themselves, then they shouldn't be an actor. He was hilarious!

    January 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  186. Agent Mark

    Regarding RIcky Gervais... yes, I enjoyed him immensely. He was an excellent host and I enjoyed the reply from Tim Allen also. Have some fun. Conan is also a good host for these type of award shows.

    Also, here is a suggestion, which should strongly considered... give each winner the same amount of time to speak... have the music start in 15 seconds before the mic goes mute (with the music getting increasingly louder)... have a graphic (like a horizontal ticker roll at the bottom of the screen with prepared thanks from the winner (each finalist gets to have 200-characters (ala Twitter) or some designated amount. Let them give their live remarks (but the ticker at the bottom will ensure that they give thanks to the right people, instead of having them fumble through scribbled notes).

    January 17, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  187. Chris

    I thought he was awful last night... one-dimensional, flat... harsh but not in a funny way, in a pathetic way. Boring, uncomfortable delivery...

    January 17, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Howard

    Does anyone remember Don Rickles? Gervais was sweetly mellow compared to Rickles in his hayday!

    January 17, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  189. Howard

    Does anyone remamber Don Rickles? Gervais was sweetly mellow compared to Rickles in his hayday!

    January 17, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Russ

    Ricky Gervais is BRILLIANT!! I would love to see him at a Comedy Central Roast. The drilling he gave Steve Carrell was priceless and I am still not sure if he was serious or really joking. Carrell's response was solid if it was a joke though.

    January 17, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Ziggy

    I am repeating what Katrina said I agree with her completely. "And you wonder why we have kids being bullied in our schools? This is the same kind of negative, mean-spirited dialogue that's contributing to a rather nasty world out there, in this case hiding under the guise of comedy routine. We reap what we sow."

    January 17, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Nan

    A cheap joke about religion? A shot at Heather Mills? References to the now-sober Robert Downey Jr's drug battles? I wouldn't have had a problem with the hatshness of Ricky's jokes if they had been topical, clever, or even funny.

    January 17, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  193. AMG

    I was never motivated to watch the Golden Globes until Gervais hosted in 2010 and 2011. He is the only thing that will keep me coming back to future broadcasts. The attendees at that event are eminently deserving of a bit of satire, and eminently able to withstand it.

    January 17, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Locode

    This is exactly what made the UK Office and Extras such great shows. Uncomfortable humour. Wince inducing humour. Hanks said that he used to be "nice"? Clearly Hanks is out in left field.

    January 17, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  195. Alan

    Boring, dreary, and dull. Cannot fathom what folks see in Gervais.

    January 17, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Iski

    Kudos to Gervais for being himself. He's made a career of mocking the establishment and this is no different. Those celebrities who are annoyed are the same ones who have never been able to figure out who they are anyway (turn to drug use).

    January 17, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Iski

    Kudos to Gervais to be himself. He's made a career of mocking the establishment and this is no different. Those celebrities who are annoyed are the same ones who have never been able to figure out who they are anyway (turn to drug use).

    January 17, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  198. Wayne

    Not a big fan of award shows but Ricky Gervais kind of balances out all the hero worship with a few hard knocks.

    January 17, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  199. junebugg

    Yeah...sure...lighten up. I would bet it would be different if it was you or someone you loved that was being "roasted" like that. Then he would be an a**hole.

    January 17, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  200. TJ

    I read on another site that the HFPA said RG will not host next year and will never be nominated for a GG. That is beyond proof that this awards show is rigged and it may be a bit of truth with them taking bribes. How else can you explain The Tourist being nominated?? Black Swan and The Kings Speech are the only movies that are worthy of recognition. The other movies and celebs are a joke which is why most of them were nominated in the "comedy and musical" category. And what happen to "True Grit"??? How come no nominations??? I guess the Coen Brothers refused to pay HFPA for an award. Good for them!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  201. Goldi

    He was funny. Most of those people take themselves way to seriously anyway.

    January 17, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  202. verita

    there is a fine line between joking and insulting. kids emulate what they see on TV. Bullying is going too far and this was not joking. it was attacking others. gervais is not funny, not talented, not admired. he is an overpaid bully.

    January 17, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Katia

    I only watched because of R.G. otherwise it would have just been another boring self adulating celebrity show.
    There is so much strife and sorrow in the world and yet the talking points for far too many days are who wore what and other nonsense drivel.Do we really care...?
    Let us give credit and respect to the people who deserve it and not to Hollywood people who live a life of pretense .

    January 17, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Mal

    Listen, these are big stars and wealthy celebs. Tim Allen is one of the richest comedians in the world (really), and besides, he didn't get personal except with celebs that have taken jabs previously because of their bad behavior.
    I actually think he held back, he could have done something with Sandra Bullock and her personal troubles, but didn't. He didn't hurt anybody. The guys that hired him are either stupid or lying, what did they expect? I think he did good.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Sebastian

    Gervais was hilarious! He is a legend!

    January 17, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  206. J the Q

    He was the best thing on that show!... Hollywood needs to lighten up...They are too busy kissing each others asses...a town of hypocrites so when an outsider calls it right on the money they all get tweaked!...Ricky was Brilliant!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Anne

    Gervais was great! Lynch from Glee had the best acceptance speech. Those awards shows would be boring and pompous without that type of humor.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Francis

    Gervais was excellent. All celebs should be able to take a joke. It was fun and harmless.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Dave

    Seems to me that we tend to forget that famous people have feelings because we less people are maybe a little jealous. Also what happened to the plea for people to be more civil with their rhetoric since the terrible tragedy in Tucson? Dean Martin's Roasts were funny. This performance was trash!

    January 17, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  210. reithe

    if u think u r too important to be made fun of..then u totally deserved those jokes from ricky . personally..i think it was a bit too mean..but i still love u style ricky;)

    January 17, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  211. ohboy

    Everything he said was true. The truth hurts! I thought it was great..they spend the whole night telling each other how wonderful they are and saying empty "i love you's" to directors and writers. It was a breath of fresh air to have someone up there who wasn't going to play that stupid little game.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  212. Tom Boy

    Overall, I thought he was kinda funny. He needs a shave.!

    The ONLY thing I did not like was his last words. As he was signing off.....

    did you hear him say...." THANK YOU GOD FOR MAKING ME AN ATHEIST!!!"

    That was uncalled for. Stick to Comedy Ricky.... and leave your anti-religion views and lack of faith out of it!

    TB

    January 17, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  213. Roi

    @ Nesserday...

    If you're old enough to say "I miss Bob Hope" chances are you'll be seeing him soon enough.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  214. Lexxvs

    Jokes about actors who are alcoholics and junkies… or live double lives while endorsing strange cults… Come on, don’t want to be mocked at then stay clean –and those alluded have a long, long history, it’s not like it was their first- and don’t mess with crazy pseudo religious stuff.
    I guess if more follow the path of Gervais some hedonistic stars will feel less compelled to fall into the impunity of personal hell while having tons of money. Or will try to be even more secretive about their self inflicted tragedies.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  215. Thomas, Los Angeles

    Listen... It was perfect. most of those people in the room need that kind of thing. i have huge respect for RDJ, Depp & jolie... But... RDJ was in Betty FOrd and the l.a. county jail an awful lot before he got his life turned around, and good for him. The Tourist was awful. The HFPA is lame, and did accept bribes (although to the host's point, I suppose that is up to your inturpretation). Pacino, Di Niro, Baldwin... They have all had their turns being roasted, but they are big enough boys not to take it to heart. Everyone needs to get over it, and recognize that the show was the best it has been in years, and certainly the HFPA will not have Ricky back, so get ready for another boring, ego-centric high-five-a-thon so the rich can feel good about themselves.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Mike S

    I haven't watched an award show of any kind for years, but if this guy is hosting next year I'm totally in, finally a guy who tells it like it is. Hollywood takes itself way too serious. There seems to be an award show every other week now with a bunch of folks just patting themselves on the back...blah.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  217. Judi Romaine

    Who cares? The GG is so gaggingly mainstream these days, no point in commenting.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  218. Sandra

    Remember "Bob Dole, meet Lorena Bobbitt" from Whoopi Goldberg at the Oscars years ago? That was mean-spirited. Ricky was mostly funny and definitely entertaining. Many people just can't get out of their comedy "comfort zone."

    January 17, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  219. joss

    i never watch the globes.. i did last night just because ricky gervais was hosting... if he wasnt i dont think i would have stayed that long in the channel

    January 17, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  220. B=Dog

    I think it's GREAT that the celebs were bullied at their own award show... and it also shows how none of them could think on their feet with a good comeback.... way to adlib!

    I thought the tourist was a POS.... the first 45 minutes are of how they are attracted to each other and he's gonna follow her around like a little puppy... and then it gets mildly entertaining with some shooting. BORRRRRRRRRING.

    Natalie Portman laughs like a man..... and I hope she gains 100 pounds lol

    January 17, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  221. Harry

    I never watch these presentation shows but after reading the comments displayed here next years will be a must to see...only if RG is in it.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  222. maryrobin

    It was all scripted to get attention & I see it has.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  223. Leslie

    I thought he was brilliant and hilarious! Well done Ricky! If the stars can't take it, they're in the wrong business!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  224. AB

    Ricky Gervais was hilarious!! I thoroughly enjoyed him as host. The only change that needed to be made was more Gervais. Job well done. I hope to see him next year!

    January 17, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  225. BoFo

    I keep hearing media people talk about the Golden Globes. What are they, anyway? DILLIGAS?

    January 17, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  226. shane

    Wow people need to lighten up! It was funny and id say not as harsh as some of the american presenters that are nobodies n not funny at all. The stars need to get over themselves nm count their cash, DeNiro was laughing..enough said!Depp can shut up hes overrated n Jolie ur crazy! Cruise prob didnt even care. Where were the concerns when every single terrible US presenter sickenly took cheap shots at M.Jackson for easy 'laughs' that were unoriginal n based on filthy lies and drove the man to his grave! perspective! maybe they just tnink theyre too amazing to be ribbed by a Brit.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  227. Tino

    I didn't watch but 10 minutes of it. Why? Because of Gervais? No, because it is an awards show and equals crap, CRAP. I would probably have stayed with it had I caught a segment of Gervais making it what it is... CRAP. An awards show. CRAP.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  228. Daniel

    It was hilarious. The only reason people are getting mad is because he is an atheist, and unlike a lot of atheists he shouts it out. Those closet atheists out there need to stop worrying about other's feelings and speak up and be counted.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  229. Stephen

    "Uncomfortable" was how the media thought people would feel, so they pushed it. It was funny, it was intelligent, and it was mostly accurate. If they want people to watch, they'll keep it going. RG was the only reason I watched. I thought he didn't go far enough... and I think the presenters should be a little looser and give some of it back to him. Everybody's fair game. Lighten up, people.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  230. dnice

    Why would you invite someone to YOUR party to insult you???? And for those who don't like movie stars, why are you watching??????? What a bunch of idiots who say these people are too full of themselves. This wasn't satruday nite live doing a skit after the fact. He sucked and I think he will never be back there again.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  231. nana b

    I felt the whole thing was mean spirited. There a big difference between poking fun and the junk being stated last night. And his remark about God at the very end was totally uncalled for.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  232. sylves

    I love British humor but where was the humor? RG can be so funny but since he lost so much weight, he seems to be angry. He needs a good meal and maybe he can be funny again instead of mean.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  233. Eric

    It was good for them. Brings their heads back down to earth a little bit!

    January 17, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  234. dnice

    I thought he was horrible, not funny at all. Maybe one or two funny lines. But mostly just full of insults for no real purpose. I think he burned so many bridges last night that he's going to have trouble getting work. It wasn't a roast, it was a celebration of talent. He stuck out like a sore thumb as someone who didn't fit in, has little knowledge of the movies he was criticizing, and who has no talent except to insult. I say booooo to RG. Go home.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  235. janetlaw

    Celebs need to be kicked in the you know what sometimes – some of them think their s*** don't stink. You go, Ricky!

    January 17, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  236. Sanandra

    I'm just amazed that so many peope feel it's okay to trash others just because they're in the entertainment industry. How would you feel if someone was trashing you or your family or friends in public like that? I found the guy rude, crude, tasteless, and totally not funy. Bring back some class for pete sake.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  237. Joe

    While some of his comments might have been at the belt, they were funny. These stars think they are supposed to be worshipped most of the time. If Gervais' jokes were directed at the Republican Party, the Hollywood types would have been knee slapping while the cameras were pointed at them.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  238. Chrissy

    I didn't appreciate his very last remark where he thanked God for making him an atheist. Sorry! I think that pushed too far. I also didn't think he was particularly funny. There is one thing poking fun but his was too mean-spirited.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  239. dave

    And the winner is: Ricky is a funny f–k! I'd have to say %75 of the comments (and there are a lot), are pro Gervais.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  240. Rene

    Ricky Gervais was Brilliant, the only part worth watching.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  241. heather

    you don't have to be mean to be funny. And in this case Gervais only suceeded at being mean. (From Capitol Hill to the Golden globes it justs seems that everyone has to be nasty to each other these days. I'm tired of it.)

    January 17, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  242. Dan Beeler

    HA – I thought the guy was GREAT I laughed my butt off!

    January 17, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  243. Jane

    I tried to tune him out and enjoy the show which I did. His final remarks made me hope he will not be hosting again.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  244. jweiss

    Seriously people. Lighten up! He wasn't saying anything that shouldn't be expected. He's a comedian who pushes the envelope. Why do these celebrities take themselves so seriously. Everyone should be able to step back and take a joke. Alot of what he said was what all of those celebrities probably say behind each others backs and are seriously being mean spirited.

    January 17, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  245. Jen

    Love Ricky Gervais!! Please come back and host again next year.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  246. JohnRJ08

    Some of the people posting comments here should never go to another movie again. They hate actors too much. I mean, why would you want to pay to see a movie starring someone you have zero respect for and who you think is "over-paid, self-important, and smug"? How could you possible enjoy a movie featuring an actor you think should be publicly embarrassed whenever his or her work is recognized in an awards show? Honestly, some of you sound like you've had a terrible personal experience with a celebrity and think they all deserved what they got from Gervais last night. Then again, a lot of you are probably enjoying all the reality shows which specialize in humiliating people on national television. What amazes me most is what some people are calling a "sense of humor".

    January 17, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  247. Phil

    Underneath all the glitz and glamour, are these Hollywood types really just insecure children, terrified that they'll be washed up before they're 50? Absolutely. Did Ricky say anything that wasn't clever or funny? No. But he said it to insecure children who take their lives way too seriously. Kind of like high school. Hollywood is a bit like high school, isn't it?

    January 17, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  248. Mayonasia

    Loved Ricky Gervais last night. I was laughing so hard my stomach hurt. The uncomfortable silence in his audience made it that much more funny because he never let up. Besides, he was just telling the truth, what everyone is thinking, but are too polite to say. I hope the HFP has the b@lls to invite him back next year.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  249. Bob

    Like most modern comedians he has no real talent other than to spew profanity and insults.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  250. EliB

    You mean Charlie Sheen isn't a drunk, Scientology isn't odd and Angelina isn't a one dimensional actress?? That's all news to me. Ricky hit the nail on the head every time and was VERY funny. What else will make a dull show of Hollywood patting itself on the back for a job DONE interesting?

    January 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  251. commonsense202

    I've only watched the Golden Globe awards one other time but this was so badly produced that I kept switching away. Noisy, self-serving actors. It had zero class, especially the big lifetime achievement winner – did you hear him – what a dork. He is good looking but nothing more than that. Nothing. Glad they can toss money around at themselves, these limousine liberals. What a waste of time.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  252. giraffe

    a) he was hilarious
    b) they shouldn't have hired him for the gig if that's not what they wanted. Have they seen his stand up?
    c) I am so sick of hearing about bullying. Yes, bullying is bad, especially in the context of kids. But get some b**ls people.
    d) the atheist joke was the funniest of the night. It's called irony people.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  253. kathy

    He was hilarious. His quips were so unexpected and out there I literally laughed out loud all by myself in my living room. I even enjoyed when his jokes bombed and his celebrity victims cringed. Now I know for sure I could hang with Robert DeNiro and Alec Baldwin. Those guys were laughing so hard they were crying. I was bummed that Ricky had to be interrupted by those silly awards and speeches. BTW, they practically sat Katey Segal in the parking lot. Her walk through the entire theater to get her award was truly embarassing – now THAT'S something people should be complaining about.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  254. Jason

    I totally agree with the reporter who said this show is for us the viewers, and seeing as how this is a show where all the rich, famous, beautiful people pat themselves on the back, it's nice to see them cut down to size. Way to go Ricki Gervais!!

    January 17, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  255. SSM

    Loved him!! I never watch award shows but I watched the Globes last year and actually enjoyed it because Ricky G. was brilliant and the atmosphere was more of a more "normal society" gathering rather than a Hollywood production. I watched again this year because of Ricky Gervais. I think he says things that many of us would like to say, that's why he's a great comedian. Robert DeNiro got his share of jibes in too – I wonder who wrote his speech, it was excellent.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  256. Joaquin

    What- in our fawning cult of celebrities we can't poke fun anymore? The whole ritual of reverence for stunningly beautiful people, who bear no resemblance to anyone out here in the mainland, continually hyping their brands and ponying up for the endless photo op is as hollow as everything else our contemporary culture produces. Gorgeous women mincing by in absurd puffs of ball gowns dragging along a red carpet for that momentary flash of entry into our collective fantasy of royalty. It grows tediously redundant. How about next year the babes don the tuxedos and the gents strap on the corsets, spanx, and prom dresses? Was Ricky base and tactless? Yeah. So?

    January 17, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  257. PMary

    I thought he stunk. There's humour and there's satire; there's bad taste and there's mean-spiritedness, but I found Gervais mostly boring and humourless...just not funny. Period.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  258. rodgerthat

    Love Ricky – very, very funny chap! Listen, all those babies in the audience making millions should lighten up and be glad anybody is willing to go see their movies.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  259. Superdave

    I thought it was brilliant. So funny. However, one has to realize that it doesn't matter what we think. Some loved it (like me), others hated it (and I respect that), but the bottom line is what the producers of the show wanted. Look at all the buzz that Gervais created. I think they got what they wanted....and if he comes back to host again next year, then we'll all know that what Ricky gave them last night was exactly what they wanted.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  260. Jody

    I thought he was great!!! Loved every bit of it!

    January 17, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  261. Southern Style

    Okay, the guy is a cute chubby want-to-be ('probably' gay as well). However, the general approach of his jokes were a bit mean. #1-You don't publically out people, that's cause for a law suit. #2-Alcoholics need moral support not public humiliation! #3-British humor generally doesn't go far in America, he should have fine tuned things accordingly.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  262. Candace

    I think it went too far. He wasn't funny. It was mean spirited, and unnecessary.I hope this is his last year as host.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  263. adrifter

    The only person who seemed off limits to Gervais' humour was Sandra Bullock. Even he realized that jokes about her would have been going too far.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  264. Eirene

    The winners' acceptance speeches were not only long-winded but some (yeah you, Natalie Portman) were much more cringe-worthy than anything Gervais said...and a heck of a lot less funny.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  265. Thomas M.

    I thought Ricky Gervais was amazing...I usually watch the awards with TIVO so i can skip past most of it. I actually laughed out loud with a full gut roar at Ricky...I havent laughed so hard in a long time. In a room full of egocentric sycophants and people who live in a vacuous bubble, Ricky was genuinely funny and absolutely real. I hope we see him again and again.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  266. MIke

    I suspect British humor is a bit too hard for the US to take when it is this edgy. He should have taken that it to account.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  267. Lenny

    You expect me to feel bad for a bunch of rich people getting slapped down by one of their own? Not happening. Good job Ricky. Light 'em up!

    January 17, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  268. roy

    I guess nobody here read his holiday blog post on wsj.com. The atheist comment was Ricky's brilliant way to ruffle feathers following the outrage he experienced in response to this post:

    http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2010/12/19/a-holiday-message-from-ricky-gervais-why-im-an-atheist/

    I loved the thanking god comment. It's about time atheism gets a little mainstream attention!

    January 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • L Ray

      Thanks for the link. It confirmst what I said before: Gervais is brilliant. And fearless.

      January 17, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  269. Junaid

    RG wanted to make his presence noted and he has achieved. Big celeb won't be disturbed by his comments after all wide open oceans are quieter than narrow rivers.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  270. burrhead nc

    you know all the jokes were not funny and yes some of them were kinda wrong but we r all grown ppl and we need to act like it we r not in elementary school anymore so suck it up and shut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! good job ricky!!

    January 17, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  271. neoanakinpotter

    actually never thought he was ever funny to begin w/. really struck me as stupid. not mean...just unfunny. and i'm pretty sure there is nothing worse for a comedian than a joe q. public saying he's unfunny.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  272. angelina

    Loved the humor, Love the hosting, It was the best part of the show. Would like to know what Jim Carrey thought of it.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  273. Tom

    Does anyone actually watch shows about industries that award themselves? What a complete waste of time.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  274. Mari

    Funny is when Billy Crystal inserted himself in movie clips, Funny is Carol Burnett or Steve Martin or Martin Short. I like Ricky Gervais but watching last nights broadcast I found him to be too nasty with the comedy, not necessary, you can make fun of celebrities and lighted the mood without throwing nasty personal barbs at individuals. He went too far!

    January 17, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharon From Australia

      Sorry, Mari, but some American hosts of award shows have been particularly vicious in their humour in the past. Steve Martin is one who comes to mind, and even Whoopi Goldberg. Is it ok if they are American insulters but not if they are foreign? Ricky was wickedly funny and got the Globes more free publicity than any paid marketing. GO RICKY!

      January 22, 2011 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  275. VQ

    What he presented was only cultural shock to the audience. British audience and american audience are very different that even in the hall many people easily drop F bomb in Uk.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  276. C

    I thought he was great, he was the main reason I started watching and a big reason I continued to watch. What did people expect him to do? If you know anything about comedy or about him in particular you should have expected this. I do have to say I enjoyed it because there is nothing worse than a bunch of self obsessed celebs all kissing each others and their own butts will handing themselves awards. Also, it seemd to me that most of the celebs found him funny or at least could handle taking the jokes at their expense. Good stuff.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  277. Karl

    Can't imagine why we keep using British trash when we have so much talent here at home!!! Out with the Brits from Hollywood!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  278. cheffjeff

    "Ricky Gervais – Hilarious or Harsh"?
    ... I don't really blame Hollywood. I blame CNN and the news media in general. It sounds to me like the folks at the news desk are trying to stir the pot on a slow news day. There always has to be controversy or fear mongering in the news world, otherwise people won't tune in / log on ...would they?

    Instead of manufacturing the news about a great comic presenter or trying to tantalize us with insipid reports of racy photos of an Arizona psycho murderer in a red speedo, CNN et al would be wise to leave that type of journalism to The Star or National Enquirer.

    And truth be told, the only reason most folks I know watched last night was absolutely because of Gervais.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  279. V Saxena

    I liked it. I have never watched the Golden Globes before, but after just seeing that hilarious monologue by Ricky, I'm down! I agree it did push the envelope, but I do that all the time with my comedic writing, so I say WHAT THE HAY!

    January 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  280. Brett

    We're talking about an award show for immensely rich and famous people. Think about it. Awards. For getting paid millions to fake emotion in front of a video camera. If fun cannot be poked at these people, then what hope do we have for the rest of us?

    January 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  281. susan

    I really enjoyed the Tourist. The film reminded me of one of the great 50's classics, North By Northwest. The acting was great - the scenery beautiful. I guess today's moviegoer only wants to see action, horror, 3-D, etc. I like to see a movie well acted. Ricky was way off !

    January 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  282. dj summit

    he's hilarious and yes, people need to lighten up and have some laughter in their lives. it's healthy

    January 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  283. Dave

    It's a two hour long award show, for people who are wildly famous and making millions of dollars while later being celebrated. Yeah I think the Hollywood Reporter had it right, There’s only so much sycophantic back-slapping anyone can take without a little needling to burst the ego bubble. It was great. I actually watched it this year, and for the people at home, if you expect us to watch movies like the Tourist, then you should expect we would like this kind of humor. Excellent.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  284. Willa

    Ricky's brand of humor is better known as "Ridicule"... also the lowest form of humor because it is akin to bullying, Were audiences interested in what Ricky had to say next? Sure, for the shock value....People will stop to read tabloid gossip and sit through slasher movies too. But Golden Globes is a prestigious event where celebrities go to be honored, never embarrassed. Ricky's humor was blatant passive aggressiveness towards many of our Hollywood legends. Perhaps that kind of humor still works in other parts of the world, but here in America, we recognize verbal bullying for what it is, and most of us won't accept it so readily anymore. I will be surprised if Ricky hosts another Golden Globes event or any other event for that matter ....except perhaps a bullchip toss

    January 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  285. Anne

    I thought Gervais was FABULOUS!!!! The HWP knew what they were getting so why is everyone so outraged!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  286. A Nobody

    I thought he was hilarious. All of those people make millions of dollars, the least that they can do is take a joke. Bravo Gervais!

    January 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  287. Dave

    It's a two hour long award show, for people who are wildly famous and making millions of dollars while later being celebrated. Yeah I think the Hollywood Reporter had it right, There’s only so much sycophantic back-slapping anyone can take without a little needling to burst the ego bubble.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  288. rehabparent

    I have never "blogged" in my life, but I really wanted to express an opinion. I was thrilled to hear Ricky G.'s comments about celebrity rehab, although I truly applaud Robert Downey, Jr., for his progress. He is a fine actor. But as a parent of an adult child currently in state-funded rehab, it makes me sick to watch as some celebrities constantly get out of punishment due to who they are. This is just one example of considering themselves above the law or feeling they should not be held accountable for their words or actions. I am happy to say that my son is doing well and believe that his time in rehab is the best thing that could have happened. He agrees. When he returns home in August, he will have to continue to undergo therapy and probation. But he accepts this and admits he will need all the help, love, faith, and support offered to him to live a drug-free life. My family and I are just ordinary citizens, trying to make ends meet, but we are very proud of the effort he is making to change. To me, he is the "star", not those who thinks money can buy a free pass to recovery.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  289. Lori

    Last nights event was NOT a roast. It was an event to honor these actors that take the hits to entertain. Gervais humor has always been hit or miss with me, but his actions last night solidified it for me. He is an ASS. It wasn't at all funny. He should save the trash for the one place it is funny, his bathroom.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  290. MaggieMae

    HILARIOUS! PRICELESS! LOVED IT!

    January 17, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  291. JA

    I have never, ever enjoyed humor at someone's expense. Bill Crosby is funny; and he does not swear or insult anyone; never has. I enjoy him; but I hated Gervais hosting this show.
    I did not enjoy his humor at all and it ruined the show for me.
    This has nothing to do with being a good sport or laughing at one's self; it was just plain unkind.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  292. ric

    At least he didn't joke about Zsa Zsa... "take my leg... PLEASE!"

    January 17, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  293. Maggie May

    I thought RG was great. The best parts of the show were when he (and others) were poking fun at the group. This is always the most entertaining awards show. Keep RG as the host again next year!!

    January 17, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  294. John

    I thought Gervais was the funniest award show host ever. Keep the jokes and put-downs coming, bro! He was hilarious!

    January 17, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  295. A version

    Celebrities live such lives of privalige and fame, I think they should be able to take quips such as these. If they don't like it, they should not aspire to be in the public's eye.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  296. canuck

    Ricky Gervais may have provided the funniest moments on television all year!
    I can't understand Robert Downey Jr being that angry about the joke.... didn't he joke about himself at an award show "i'm allergic to alcohol & narcotics – i break out in handcuffs"
    and really... the athiest joke was funny... religious people who were offended need to ask god for a sense of humour!

    January 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  297. Jim

    Rich and lacking anything valuable except the ability to pretend and we need to coddle these people with "Lightness".Johnny Depp,Downey and the rest should smile,nod and understand that they do not deserve the money they make or the praise they receive.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  298. skye

    He was terrific - made the show all the better. These celebrities act so indignant about the truth - we pay for their jets and lavish lifestyles. Ricky rocks!!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  299. Joseph

    People need to chill out in Hollywood and have a sense of humor. Ricky was excellent, and you only need to watch to show Extras to truly understand where the humor comes from. Heck, Daniel Radcliffe, aka Harry Potter, went on Extras to make fun of himself.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  300. J

    For everyone who is whining that he was too mean spirited, it's probably because you used to be bullied and now can't take a joke. He's a freaking comedic genius man!

    January 17, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  301. lancon454

    I have to agree with the ones that say lighten up some! Come on if he was not making fun of you then that means that you are not relevant in todays entertainment world and no one cares. If you got upset about someone making fun of you then you have a stick up your bottom. I think that not many actors can look at something like this and say, that was very funny and hey it gets me more exposure. Come on I would love it if someone like Gervais would make fun of me on TV!

    January 17, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  302. Joe

    There is a limit, but Gervais didn't cross it. If some of these celebrities can't take the jokes, they shouldn't have the affairs, do the drugs, or make the crappy movies.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  303. Pat

    What exactly were they expecting? It's Ricky Gervais!

    His line going in was something like, "Apparently I was too soft on them last year as they've made the mistake of inviting me back again." The point being to be so outrageous this year that they would not invite him back again. I think he achieved his goal brilliantly. His job wasn't to kiss Hollywood's behind. It was to make a pointless award show entertaining and he did that.

    Given the Tuscan tragedy and all the discussion about rhetoric he may have been somewhat tone deaf to the way snarky comments might reverberate but you need someone who can poke fun at the biggest names without fear and he did that. A big part of his act is self-depricating humor. He'll turn around and make "Going Too Far" an HBO stand up special.

    Hollywood is completely fickle. One minute they love you and the next minute they hate you. Given his roll as a writer, producer and performer in all kinds of shows he doesn't need Hollywood to make him a success. He's already there internationally.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  304. katrina

    And you wonder why we have kids being bullied in our schools? This is the same kind of negative, mean-spirited dialogue that's contributing to a rather nasty world out there, in this case hiding under the guise of comedy routine. We reap what we sow. Read M. Scott Peck's book on civility.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  305. Matt

    To the people thinking he was too harsh:
    He wasn't making fun of starving children in Cambodia he was making fun of rush spoiled celebrities I say long live Ricky!

    If not I say Joel Mchale would make an excellent host!

    January 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  306. Dan

    C'mon lighten up. Robert Downey Jr has a prob with Ricky's comments...now that's comedy. Well done Ricky. Tom Hanks makes a few good movies and can't take the jokes...puh lease. All you celebs are in the public eye...we pay you to be public so if you make a boat load of cash off of us then "live by sword and die by the sword". Get over it. You what would be great...if the Enquirer or Star magazine hosted the award shows...now that would be entertaining comedy:) Bring back Ricky, nobody else has the guts.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  307. Fiona

    There IS a line, and Gervais crossed it. Rib poking is funny. A sharp stick in the eye is not. When the motivation of a joke is to hurt, it triggers not a chuckle but a slight feeling of nausea. The joker comes across as bitter and a bit sad. Gervais made a fool of himself.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  308. hillcrester

    Two questions:

    What are the Golden Globes?

    Who is Rocky Gervais?

    Anyone???

    January 17, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  309. John

    These people make a ton of money and are use to having the world kiss their ass. I'm glad someone like Ricky Gervais will poke fun at them. Bring them back down to earth so to say. If they don't like it they are not required to attend next year, and if you don't like it turn on the Disney channel or ABC Family. Ricky Gervais... Well played sir, keep up the good work.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  310. Frank Shirley

    People like this RG who ever he isare not funny at all. Im sure glad I missed it. If you have to insult other people to try and be funny then you are not much of comedian at all.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  311. Andy Bugden

    Ricky is not pc
    His humour is not sarcastic or roasting. His tool is irony and this is different from sarcasm. Jane Austen used it in her novels. Aristophanes used it and he is pretty much as old as comedy itself as a dramatic form. Did Socrates get offended by Clouds? I doubt it.

    Sometimes I think we get too self righteous on ourselves for finding something funny that others might find offensive. Yes some of his jokes were direct, but others were also cryptic and clever. The atheist one seems to have offended, but USA federal tries to be secular, all the acceptance speeches were thanking God, Ricky was just adding his thanks at the end – this is irony

    I think a lot of American sitcoms are crude in their comedy. I laughed throughout ricks performance. What I did find ironic that in a room full of actors, if they didn't find it funny, couldn't they have acted as though it was

    January 17, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  312. GeminiGirl1967

    You know if some of these celebrities lived a much moral lifestyle, they would not be subject to ridicule. STOP DOING OUTRAGES THINGS! Plain and simple!

    January 17, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  313. Sacto Mama

    Everyone has gotten way to sensitive. They knew when they hired him that this was his schtick. He did his job exactly they way he always does. He is a very funny man. Blame the producers if you were offended.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  314. Rafael

    I believe he did go too far. One example, what he said about Stallone just before he came out. You could clearly see that it got to him... and it´s not fair, to me that´s just not cool, or funny.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  315. David

    He's the only reason I tuned it. After hearing his barbs last year. I loved it. These goofy people in hollywood don't live in the real world. They're egos are far to fragile. Nice to see someone slap them around a bit. Lighten up people. You get paid a lot of money to entertain, that's all.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  316. Mark C

    So is Al Pacino sleeping in the street these days?

    January 17, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  317. Rimmington

    RG made the show. Everybody is talking about him today, nobody remembers who won a Golden globe. Bring him back for the Oscars too !

    January 17, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  318. Sam

    It was a mixed bag. Some of Gervais' comments were very funny, and others made me cringe. Robert Downey, Jr. got in a pretty good shot at Gervais, though, for what I thouight were some below the belt comments about Downey's past drug use.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  319. Alicia

    loved it! Lighten up critics.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  320. Rictchie

    Off topic, but does anyone know how Ted Williams is doing, I really am praying that he is doing well. Just kinda wanted to hear an update.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  321. Ian

    They hired him. What did these morons expect? I loved it. Only real reason to watch at all was Ricky.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  322. Emma Sue

    Ricky was brilliant! Don't forget, he is a comedian and was simply doing his job. For those who got offended, and I don't think they are as many as the press is making out to be, just grow the hell up already.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  323. Finn

    Is it really brilliant? No just ruthlessly brave and mean – But not funny – If making people squirm is what's funny, then it's hilarious.
    I agree "The Tourist" looked like the worst movie ever... and Johny Depp and Jolie just laughed all the way to the bank, but I found it neither witty nor clever – just saying out loud ugly truths and gossip. Just run a slide show of Perez Hilton in the background next time. Wow he had the class not to make a joke out of Michael Douglas's cancer....
    Only funny line was remark to Bruce Willis about being Ashton Kutcer's dad – that's good fun -

    January 17, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  324. john

    If you removed Ricky from the show, was there ANYTHING entertaining about the show? The awards are for the clebs. the show is for the television audience. There is nothing entertaining about listening to people thank a long list of people that we dont know or care about. Ricky was the only entertaining thing about an otherwise very boring event.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  325. Thawtpolice

    I wonder if the Scientologists have put a hit out on him yet? Most of the people in the room need a little humbling.
    It's Robert DeNiro that should give up comedy. I wonder if his face hurts today after falling flat on it last night?

    January 17, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  326. bcalb

    Who is Ricky Gervais? Never seen him or heard of him before this week. . I read he is another Brit. Why do we need more Brits in American entertainment?

    January 17, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  327. ia

    RICKY G. was no more caustic than the comics of the '60's (ie. J. Rivers, T. Fields, etc.). The press is putting a wrong spin on Mr. G's hosting duties and humor. Did they not see the laughing from ALEC BALDWIN, ROBT. DeNIRO, JOHNNY DEPP, etc.)?? I laughed my head off with RICKY G.'s humor. And ROBT. DOWNEY, JR., I truly believe, loved what RICKY said about him. DOWNEY, JR. can take a joke hence his dry-wit response to the intro. RICKY G. gave him. I actually think DeNiro's joke about the deportation of most of the Hollywood Foreign Press and waiters was far more offending than RICKY G.'s jokes. Ending The Golden Globes with "Thank you God for making me an atheist" was very, very funny!
    I think RICKY will still work in that crazy town of Hollywood again. If he doesn't then the powers that be of Hollywood DO NOT HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  328. Mason

    Does anyone care if freakin Tim nobody Allen was offended?! I say well done Ricky.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  329. Romin

    It was LOVELY to see celebrities squirm and for once, not being treated like the demi-gods they think themselves to be. Bravo for Ricky. Now, I just hope he can still find a job in this town. Celebrities with power are ruthless.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  330. truthinrock

    Ricky was the ONLY reason we watched last nights show! He did an excellent job and I would have loved to see more of him. After a half in the bag Christian Bale yammered on after receiving the first award of the night, I would have turned to another channel if it hadn't been for Ricky.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  331. Lanfear

    Judging from the comments here, it's definitely safe to say that the majority of people thought RG was funny.

    Majority wins - that means the rest of you truly need a better sense of humor.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  332. tom tilas

    Movie stars who have the luxury of making big money from the public acceptance of their acting skills should take note that this same public has every right to joke , pick on, and mock them when their behavior warrants it. From this perspective Ricky Gervais was brilliant. As a member of the general public I applaud him for pointing out bad behavior and making it humorous...Maybe some of these folks will clean themselves up a bit !!!

    January 17, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  333. JoeBronx

    The host was the best part of the show. He made jokes about what we already knew and it was funny. Hollywood thinks it can booze and drug up, go to rehab, make a good movie...and all is forgiven. We like the good movie (for 12 dollars a pop) but we remember the weird-o moments. That's what was great about last night. If those rich kids didn't think it was funny, don't come back for free food, booze, and million dollar gift bags. Such babies.

    If a regular worker pulled even half the crap they do, we'd be fired. At least they still have a job, money, and people willing to keep watching them.

    Last night's humor was gold and I can't wait to see Ricky some more. (and it was priceless that he called out those who abuse their bodies, have bizarre religion that they throw around, and those who think they can take on "public lives" and then do the opposite in the bedrooms...or The Plaza Hotel).

    January 17, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  334. Mike

    It was entertainment just watching RIcky poking the animals in the zoo. Who cares who wins as long as we get something interesting to watch....its much more fun watching the tables being reversed.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  335. Ioneis

    GENIUS!!! LOVED IT!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  336. ProjectZ

    I did not watch the awards because I could care less. If an English man makes jokes that we do not like, it is because Americans are too uptight, prude and PC to handle anything but vanilla.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  337. Krista

    I thought Ricky did great and was hilarious. I hope he hosts again next year. And those stars who might be upset, are only so because it hit a nerve of truth with them. Have to learn to laugh at yourself.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  338. tony joyner

    If you don't want biting wit, then don't hire Ricky Gervais... duh!

    January 17, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  339. Laurie

    Ricky Gervais was hilarious and people just need to lighten up. They hired him knowing what kind of comedy he does and he said he would only take the job if he was allowed to say what he wanted and have no rehearsal and they agreed to it all so if they didn't like it..then tough! Celebrities take themselves way to seriously and someone has to take them down a notch or two and Ricky is just the man to do it! It looks good on them. He was obviously joking and if you can't take a joke then that's your problem.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  340. Mike

    It was great. Actualy made you want to watch.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  341. Gary D.

    HILARIOUS! Actors need to lighten up and be HUMAN for a change!

    January 17, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  342. Dave

    Lacking class. Cheap humour. Is this the Golden Globes or a dingy British night comedy club? I don't desire or expect to see him back in such a gig in the near future.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  343. Ben Howell

    Ricky was awesome, as always. The point of his humor is to illicit reaction! The stars at the show can't be in their industry and expect their foibles to stay secret....he's the only one with enough clout and chutzpah to throw it back at em.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  344. somebodyloveme

    If you've become wealthy because you're an actor, you should be able to take the jokes. Relax Hollywood.

    Next time get Rock and Gervais to split insult duties. That would be great.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  345. JRBogeyman

    The one that had me rollin' was when he introduced Bruce Willis as Ashton Kutcher's father.
    and at the end "I want to thank God for making me an Atheist" Say what?

    January 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  346. Harry Va. beach

    I don't watch award shows over all. I watched last night because I knew what it was going to be. The Roast of the stars. Unlike comedy central roast of has-bends this was a roast of current stars. I couldn't stop laughing all the way through the show. In fact when Grevous wasn't on the show got real boring. I almost turned it off. He needs to host it every year. Thats should be the new format heres a reward for ya now take a bit of heat you moron.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  347. Norah (Boston, MA)

    Ricky Gervais was by far the best part of the evening. These shows are incredibly boring and lame- I watched it just to see Ricky poke some good natured fun at a few people.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      His Hugh Hefner bit (it is a bit of a creepy situation) shocked even me at first, but then I started laughing. "Just don't look at it!"

      January 17, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  348. Mitch

    The issue was that he wasn't funny. Sarcastic and unfunny isn't really entertaining. Its more like kids in the street verbally tearing each other apart, except he a very limited intellectual spin things.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  349. RG Fan

    Loved him! The celebrities who got roasted have put themselves in the limelight, repeatedly, Ricky didn't make this stuff up.Sheen and Downey both have been arrested for public displays of illegal behavior, a publicist did bring suit against Foreign Press accusing them of taking bribes, and SJP herself commented on airbrushed posters. Like the saying goes, if you don't like the heat, get out of the kitchen. And like Hugh Hefner knows so well, outrageous spells attention, aka high ratings.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  350. Bored to Death by the Winners

    Everyone complaining or complimenting Ricky G. Well, OK. How about the fact that most winners were boring as hell, too long-winded, and not able to put two simple sentences together without an "ummmm" or "welllllll"? The winners getting up there and rattling off 20+ names nobody remembers after 2 minutes. I could barely watch more than 5 minutes at a time. No more.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  351. Suzanne

    I agree with the person who said they miss Bob Hope. I miss the "class" he brought to these types of shows.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  352. ClydeB

    Putting people down and insulting them does not a commedian make ,and shows his lack of talent or not being prepared enough, he could take lessons from Whoopie if he wants to be funny ,shows no class at all.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  353. Diane

    Celebrities live in the public light – so their mistakes are public too. If they get hurt feelings then they are in the wrong business. Ricky was excellent last night. We looked more forward to what he'd say next than who was winning the next award! And all those comments on those poor celebrities... How do you know they weren't in on it?

    January 17, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  354. Finnegun

    The sets sucked! The music sucked! The timing sucked! The direction sucked! You young people have no sense of style, glamour and presentation. What's his name should go back to England, or wherever. Today's young comedians have no idea how to be funny or even what funny is!

    January 17, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  355. Marlye

    Brits aren't funny. Great rock stars but $uck at humor.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  356. Stickupthebum

    HAHAHA... Ricky is funny. Remember folks, these actors (presenters or otherwise) get their butts wiped everyday by just about everyone! and for 1 fleeting moment a comedian pokes a joke at your expense you get all sad and pouty lol grow up! you're a millionaire who is doing what you love getting the respect and admiration of people all over the world.

    p.s. it's okay for comedians and everyone else to make fun of The President,politicians,Queens, Elvis lol BUT ooh no, Can't touch Angelina, or Depp gimme a break!

    January 17, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  357. wiscali

    RG was the ONLY reason to watch that show last night!!! GREAT JOB!!! He says what everyone was else is thinking!

    January 17, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  358. wiscali

    RG was the ONLY reason to watch that show last night!!! He says what everyone else is thinking. He's funny as hell.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  359. cooper

    I thought he was hilarious! sure some things he said were more in the vein of ohhh i can't believe he said that! but he was still entertaining and kept the show from being boring and the same old long lame speeches.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  360. DM

    I thought he was fantastic, and it's not like any of his jokes weren't mostly true. Maybe that's why it hurt more, because the truth hurts? I'm not going to feel sorry for a bunch of spoiled rich celebrities. Did everyone catch his last comment as things ended? "I want to thank God for making me an Atheist." I thought that was the most brilliant of them all.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  361. Aly Williams

    After all the kissing up that hollywood actors recieve... isn't it about time ricky comes in and gives them the truth for a change?

    January 17, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  362. Barbara

    Ricky Gervais has lost my respect. He was very rude, and disrepectful. If he hosts any other reward shows I won't be watching.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  363. dkent2000

    Love it

    January 17, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  364. Bruce Patenaude

    Time For Rick To Go Back Where He Came From...Again ThisYear He Was A Total Embarassement To The Film Industry & To His Audience....

    January 17, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  365. mon19

    I laughed out loud quite a few times, but I felt bad for the tourist actors that had to sit through that. At least charlie sheen wasn't there. And then after the charlie sheen jokes to say to Robert Downey we are looking at you– that was uncomfortable. And I thought him putting down tim Allen like that was really mean-spirited. Kind of humiliating for tim. All in all though, he was mostly funny. He wasn't lying, it was just a little overboard to me. I felt uncomfortable watching it. I know I will get a lot of replies for my next comment, but here it goes. There was no need for his Thanking God for being an atheist. Now he is being insulting to some of the viewers- I didn't watch the show to hear him bash religion- just Hollywood.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  366. LIza

    i loved it. people or anyone from the US don't really get British humor. Hollywood is so used to being kissed on the ass constantly, its about time someone slaps some sense in this egocentric people.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  367. James

    He made it worth watching. The last thing you want to see is some fawning sycophant hosting it.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  368. ustimes

    Great show. RG just reminds these over inflated egos who make millions that every now and then they have to be on the receiving end.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  369. Dxconn

    Who watches these stupid award shows anyway – boring!

    January 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  370. Bogzabadava

    Simply Brilliant! Like many other people that have posted comments here I usually do not view entertainment award shows but I simply enjoyed RG too much to tune out. I hope he is back next year.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  371. Dan

    Compelling TV, and funny stuff. It's fun to watch when you don't know what is going to happen next.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  372. Jared

    I thought Ricky Gervais was awesome!! Keep him around! Someone needs to put these arrogant celebrities in their places from time to time. These people get paid millions and millions of dollars, even when their work sucks, while the rest of us lowly peasants in this country struggle through our sweat, blood, and tears just to get by. They can take some truth while they sit in their fancy seats, wearing their ridiculously expensive outfits, drinking their ridiculously expensive champagne and wine. Hell, you could even pay me less than half of what most of them make, and I'd gladly sit there and take that kind of verbal abuse.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  373. roxie

    I watched it only to see Gervais. He was the best part. Otherwise you can just look on the internet to get the list of who won!

    January 17, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  374. dave

    i hate watching shows in which celeberites celebrate themselves. im glad ricky bruised their egos, and im glad he brought some brash european humor to the GGs, rather than the usual fart jokes and kid humor you usually see.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  375. jmarston

    Where can I buy tickets to see this guy? Brilliant comedy. I love a host who doesn't kiss A-List celeb A**!

    January 17, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  376. Joenkc

    RG was the only reason I watched the Golden Globes. Of course the establishment was on edge. Sondra Bullock saying poor people smell and DeNiro saying work to keep kids in private schools...these people need to be taken down a notch.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  377. Gray

    "I'd say any of that to their faces"
    That's why he ridiculed that HFPA president (no physical threat!) and Robert Downey (w/ his record, can't afford public violence), but shied away from stepping on the toes of horribly Botox-faced Sly Stallone, who would have probably KILLED him. Gervais not only failed as a host, he is a coward!

    January 17, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  378. AK

    Gervais can do no wrong. He was the only reason many of us watched the show, as opposed to just seeing the list of winners online after the show aired. He was hilarious and pushed the envelope appropriately. Celebs who took offence need to shut up and go count their money.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  379. The Hollywood Hills Are Alive

    If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the business (and stay in the closet).

    January 17, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  380. Hinxy

    I recently saw his latest stand-up. He seems to want to see where the line is by crossing it.
    I wanted to laugh.........I did......a little. I winced more. While it probably added contoversy, it did nothing positve for the show.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  381. becky seler

    Give it a break! He's an entertainer and that's what he did at the cost of a few "celebrities" feeling uncomfortable.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  382. Seth Hill of Topanga, California

    I remember how Bob Hope used to rib everyone, but he did it in such a light-hearted manner, and with genuine affection, that everybody loved it. Ricky Gervais last night was very unpleasant to watch. He was angry, mean-spirited, just plain nasty ... and worst of all, not funny.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  383. Kenny

    Brilliant, the best laugh I have had in ages, these celebrities want us to go out and spend our hard earned money watching them in movies or TV shows, and most of them set themselves up for what is coming, I hope he does it again and again. I say give him the Oscars to do as well.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  384. Jeff

    Everything he said is true and funny. We can sit and watch endless hours of reality programming where people's lives are exposed and dissected, but when it comes to celebrities at an award show, it's too much? If these people can't laugh at their own stupidity, poor choices and short comings, then they have no business being in the spotlight.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  385. ben

    Ricky is a genius. If the celebs cant handle the ridicule then maybe they should not make fools of themselves in the public light...

    January 17, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  386. Jim Harvill

    Good on you, Ricky! No one takes these celebrities seriously anyway, so why should they?

    January 17, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  387. John

    Pure genius ... no doubt next year they'll get someone else to present the awards, probably someone lame like Tim Allen and everone will say: I miss Ricky Gervaise.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  388. julie

    hilarious.. totally hilarious. anyone that was offended needs to lighten up.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  389. Charley

    His final parting shot at God was vicious and insensitive and smacks of hypocrisy in an industry that seemingly prides itself on being sensitive to all groups...except people of faith, apparently. Therein lies the problem with Hollywood...pride.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  390. Mouthpop

    Grow up Robert Downey Jr. He didn't mind making fun of people all his life. Now he wants it stopped when he is the target? Wahh. It was funny and anyone who thinks it wasn't is a big star-gazer and smoocher. Oh no Poor Robert Downey Jr., the poor precious. What i f he had killed someone driving high on crack in his wonderwoman suit? The Hefner joke was the best. If you are worried about Hef, he isn't. Nor should he be...the 80-something guy with a 20-something wife should laugh and be happy someone is talking about him. Lame.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  391. Steve Morrissey

    You people who can't get the fact that someone can stand up in front of the world roasting celebrities are hypocrites, and without a clue, if you can't see that this was intended as funny because of RG doing it on this platform as opposed to your magazines and gossipy entertainment shows. Why else would he have done it, if not intended to be entertaining – to be perceived as mean-spririted and put his career at risk? I think not. Stop opening your proverbial mouths and letting your bellies rumble. One ridiculous comment here from Deb, screaming, "Won't someone think of the children" is melodramatic, as most comments here are. She even tries to play the bullying card? Really Deb? Isn't that going a bit far? As far as I am aware, bullying is a cowardly thing, mostly anonymous, done in a snide, deliberately harmful way. This was done in a room filled with influential people, many of whom were the brunt of the joke. It was meant to be entertaining, even if it has not been received by humourless people like yourself and many of your culture. Is Charlie Sheen a great example for your children Deb? Other drug taking celebrities who abuse their privileged lives? It seems he gets rewarded by the US for living that atrocious lifestyle,because 'y'all' made his ridiculous show (which is a no better example of what his real life might just be, and in fact the same predictable, over done formula every week) the number one show in America. Is that entertainment? To me it's embarrassing for you if that is the celebrity quality you churn out. RG, after all, only stood up and said in person what the top US gossip magazines say on a weekly basis. Magazines that are top sellers in your country – that you can't get enough of. The only reason we are all aware of the ridiculous lifestyles that a lot of these celebrities lead, is because of your culture's propensity for being obsessed by them, and checking in on a daily basis for more gossip – yet you want to quote mean-sprirted all over the place because it came from someone, in an attempt at entertaining that propensity in front of them all, as opposed to being behind the safety of the printed word? You yourselves as a culture are more obsessed with the downfall of celebrity than any other I know. Very small uncultured people like you are hypocritical and have no basis for an opinion on anything. And that was mean-spirited. Now you make a bit hullabaloo because it's not in a magazine, or on ET and other such programmes? You're preferred format. People like you, all of you who see this as intentionally mean spirited, need to understand that there are other ways of doing things in the world, we're not all false and simply telling each other what we want to hear. Get real.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  392. jen

    I loved Ricky Gervais. Those people can't take a joke – they are over paid & told constantly how great they are. They aren't that teriffic. They make too much money & VERY few of them are well educated!!!!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  393. JstPlnOnry

    He was HORRIBLE. Ruined the Golden Globes. His jokes weren't jokes, just disgusting low blows. I will not watch anything else this petty little man has anything to do with. I'm glad many celebrities like Sandra Bullock chose to ignore his attempts at humor at theIr expense and several others like Robert Downey Jr. flat out calling him out the way he did for his nastiness. Colin Firth... Now there would be a fabulously funny British host, one Ricky G. could truly learn from. His name alone says he has a lot of growing up to do... What grown man his age still goes by RICKY??? I knew this show was in trouble when he bombed his interviews on the red carpet. Should have shut the show off then instead of suffering through his pathetic attempts at humor.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  394. Lew

    I thought he was uproariously funny and witty. Now I will look for the Piers Morgan interview this Thursday as I’m sure millions of others will as well. Ultimately that's what counts in the business of entertainment. As such I think Ricky was very successful.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  395. justme

    Egos in Hollywood are so fragile.....

    January 17, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  396. Chris

    Ricky just said what everyone else was thinking.

    It was only harsh because it was true. If the average Joe acted like Charlie Sheen or some of these other "stars", we'd have been put in jail a long time ago.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  397. Carol

    You can only lighten up so much, some of his comments were right on target and very funny, others were bad, bad, bad. I thought it was strange that he disappeared for a long time – but by that time I was glad he was gone.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  398. Ted Ward

    If Gervais wanted to be funny or entertaining, he failed. It just wasn't any fun. He may be hip, but he's too harsh. I think the writers of his lines failed to make him hip, smart, AND funny.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  399. Winter2songs

    I was offended and embarassed for those celebrities that were the butt end of his snide and mean spirited comments. After all, celebrities are people who get their feelings hurt too. They are not immune to unkind comparisons and we all expect them to smile and take any and all affronts and attacks. I think Ricky's humor is crass and caustic.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  400. Carmen

    Ricky Gervais is brilliant! I love absolutely love everything he has ever created.

    I loved his jab at Steve Carell! This guy would be nowhere if he didn’t get handed “the Office” gig from brilliant creators Gervais/Merchant.

    He sure looks like he’s tired of hearing it though. LOL!!

    “Dinner for Schmucks”!?! ‘nough said…

    January 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  401. cdnmidget

    Loved R.G. as host! Lots of fun watching the Hollywood elite take one on the chin. What really intrigues me the most though is that the hullabaloo over his hosting has completely eclipsed the fact that there was a ton of swearing last night. I don't mind the language (I use enough of it myself to be totally honest) and rolled on the floor laughing when Christian Bale's comment of "Holy S***! It's Robert De Niro" slipped out before they cut to commercial break.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  402. Marcellus

    Robert de Niro's comments on receipt of his award were actually funnier('well before you had the chance to review Little fockers-'these movies are ...like my children.. except my children are more expensive) and he seems to have a pretty good sense of humor,a quality sadly lacking in some of the other celebrities.Even though Gervais's jokes were a tad over the top and personal,they really should lighten up a bit and take a bit of comedic criticism

    January 17, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  403. CeeCee

    Ricky Gervais went way over the line....his intro for Bruce Willis was unoriginal, immature and it looked to me like Bruce was very off-put by the intro. Ricky's intro of R Downey Jr was even more over the line – referencing a recovering addict's time in rehab and prison? Really? If Ricky was trying to go down in flames, then he truly succeeded. I believe they DID pull him from hosting in the middle of the show, because what other awards show have you ever seen where the 'host' disappears for more than 60 mins?

    January 17, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  404. Andy

    Love how Ricky Gervais has created all this “controversy” and “hurt feelings” from hosting the Golden Globes. What a bunch of cry-babies. I don’t think there’s a more self-serving, self-congratulatory “awards” show in existence. It makes the Oscars look positively noble and humble by comparison. They deserve all the razzing they can get.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  405. Scott

    LOVED IT !!
    Seriously.........If it was Don Rickles up there doing the same thing that Ricky was doing, the room would have been in tears.
    Its because he British, lets face it !!

    January 17, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  406. Abby

    Ricky should file down his fangs – both literally and figuratively! He's just not funny and is the worst host ever!

    January 17, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  407. One up

    Didn't see the show, but from what the article mentions, he called it as we all see it. If you don't want to be poked at, don't do anything stupid that would allow me to do that.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  408. Jessica

    RICKY WAS BRILLIANT!!! DEFINITELY THE BEST PART OF THE BROADCAST. FUNNY AND INTELLIGENT.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  409. Neil

    He's British and has a British sense of humor. I've live in the US for 12 years now (originally from UK) but thank goodness I retain my British sense of humor whilst enjoying yours. If you can't laugh at yourself who can you laugh at(?), I think he's hilarious! Some of the people on the receiving end of the jokes are probably only used to having people falling all over them... poor things. If you can't handle Gervias, don't book him, plenty of people will.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  410. Eric

    I feel sooo bad for these multi-millionaires

    January 17, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  411. RICKY4PREZ

    ricky was hilarious. i was more offended with RDJ's ridiculous statements and tim allen's presence at the awards. ricky said what was on everyone's mind. LOVED IT – it was more like a roast, and thats a good thing. I wonder what the net worth of the people in that theater was, im sure they can afford a jab in the ribs. again, ricky was brilliant

    January 17, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  412. Christie

    I thought much of it was hateful, and actually left the room for a while, until he was not on. I am not a prude, and have a good sense of humor, and have enjoyed seeing RG on talk shows, but this was over a line, and I will certainly not watch anything of his in the future.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  413. Mistylynn

    I thought he was great until the closing and I wish that I have never heard that comment. I don't think he will be back again. What a thoughtless statement. it wasn't one bit funny.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      Then you are too sensitive. There are actually people who don't believe in God. People of faith often don't keep quiet about it so why do atheists have to all the time?? Having said that, in this country & its intolerance he could have shot himself in the foot, which would be a shame.

      January 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  414. Judy B

    Since when is the Globes a platform for a "Roast"? He's a very negative Brit and should be sent home to be paddled. I thought this was to HONOR our people in the entertainment industry...it should have been a PLEASANT occasion for everyone. This is outrageous that he was considered for host!!! Where are our HAPPY comediens who love to see us LAUGH??!!

    January 17, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  415. tray117

    Oh PUHLEEZE! If anyone should be poked it's these giant egomaniacs who have the GREATEST, EASIEST JOB IN THE WORLD! And can we stop with these stupid awards shows? They should be thankful that their rewards are making $50 million a year, going places and doing things that none of us will ever go/do, not collecting a meaningless statue.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  416. lucy2

    In general I think RG is hilarious, but felt the show last night was a mixed case of wickedly funny and a bit too cruel. Most of the stuff was right on – I'm sorry, but the Tourist and stars being nominated was the biggest joke in town. The Charlie Sheen stuff – spot on, and no different than what anyone else says about him on any talk show.
    The RDJ stuff seemed a bit much and personal – the guy has really turned his life around and done great the past few years, time to move on.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  417. Maureen Lowery-Albright

    ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!! He pushed the envelope and spared no one – skewering all equally... BRAVO Ricky!

    January 17, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  418. Dennis

    Ricky should host all the awards shows, that's the only way I would watch them!! Too funny!! Those over-indulged actors need to be brought down a peg, they're just modern day court jesters for Pete's sake.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  419. J

    If they (the HFP) didn't want a sharp-tounged, intelligent comedian known for not holding back, even when poking fun at himself, then they shouldn't have hired RG to begin with – he was hilarious. The audience was packed with targets – overindulged, self-important A-listers who bring it on themselves.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  420. sammy1234

    RG was just plain mean. Some of the jokes were funny but some of them were quite cringe-worthy. Host should be funny and make his audience comfortable. Johny Depp and Angelina Jolie both are wonderful actors and "Tourist" is a fine movie, so don't know where that came from. I wouldn't call him "edgy" at all. Jimmy Fallon, John Stewart or Conan – any of them could have done a far better job!
    He was a better host last year. He seemed very uncomfortable hosting it last year but he was less mean and funnier. This year he seemed more at ease but less funny and more on the mean side.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  421. Mary

    I was waiting for someone in white jackets to haul him off to a detox center.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  422. John Aspen

    Ricky was very funny! In the ass kissing back slapping capital of the world he had the balls to cloak in humor what everyone thinks. The Bruce Willis – Ashton Kutcher quip was the only marginal comment of the night.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  423. Noah

    He was funny, bottom line. Who would've wanted to watch 3 hours of hearing who people voted as the best supporting actor in a mini-series or tv movie blah blah blah? He kept the crowd into it, and i thought he was hilarious.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  424. Jamie

    He is not funny. Pretty annoying I think.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  425. Stephanie

    Honestly, like last year I find nothing funny or amusing about him! I have a sense of humor but found him offensive. I like so many would rather watch someone else host a show that I spent three hours watching than to hear his obnoxious and completely un-necessary rude comments. Wow, wonder not if but WHAT skeletons are in HIS closet that he wouldn't want anyone making jokes aboutn. Remember, what goes around comes around....someday will be your turn! Hope you can take it!

    January 17, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  426. LULU

    to Cindy
    I couldn't figure out what you meant by mute...thought you must have watched it with the sound off. Did you mean moot?

    January 17, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  427. Jodi

    I thought the jokes were right on. The show was great. If Hollywood doesn't like it, oh well, maybe they should stop making millions and making a mockery of themselves in their personal lives.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  428. Get rid of the Award Shows

    If celebrities do not want to be the butt of other's jokes then they need to change careers. Let's see. A bunch of overpaid people gather to celebrate themselves... they want to do that? Fine. But does the rest of the country, who work very hard, day in and day out, have to be subjected to all the ego petting?? The dresses worn are probably worth more than the average American makes in a year. Am I the only one sick of the over the top display of materilistic celebrities?? I'd love to see them say "We're not going to put on a show this year. We're mailing the awards and taking the money we'd all spend on the show, clothes and parties and giving it back to the communities who need it."

    Didn't watch the show. Don't buy the celebrity mags. Read this article so I could find out what RG said that was so bad. Did I miss something? He didn't say anything that most people don't already think.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  429. thefoolish

    I loved his bits. People need to get a sense of humor; the Globes are basically a giant roast, and Gervais is great at it!

    January 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  430. Proud Brit

    Well done Ricky. Keep shaking that cage mate.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  431. Kenny

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-58_vZmZ-Q&w=640&h=390]

    January 17, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  432. Robert

    His departing comment thanking God for making him an Athiest, was totally uncalled for, and ignorant.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  433. Pam

    I think Ricky is BRILLIANT! There's too much PC "humor" in this country (if you can call it that). What's humor for if not to make us look at ourselves and see how ridiculous we can be? Ricky likes to push the envelope and actually enjoys making people uncomfortable. Not for everyone, surely, but I'm happy to see I'm not alone in my appreciation for this brand of funny.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  434. Nicole

    I LOVED HIM!!!!...I agree with alot of people...they have to lighten up...don't your knickers in a knot...they are JOKES!!...yes..some are true but they are just played apon, just like the MEDIA has!!!...again...I LOVED him and would watch next year if he got to host it again....

    January 17, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  435. Mary

    They take themselves to seriously. after all, all they are, puppets repeating the words of writers, not geniuses, spoiled, overindulged, and self centered so if someone comes along once a year to rib you, PUT ON YOUR BIG BOY OR GIRL PANTS AND TAKE IT ON THE CHIN. YOU ARE NOT SO SPECIAL, DOCTORS CURING AIDS AND CANCER WAY MORE SPECIAL THAN YOU ARE.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  436. Michelle

    HILARIOUS!! Some Actors/Actresses need to be knocked down a couple of notches to help keep them down to earth ....and reminds them that they are not above anybody!

    January 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  437. Mike

    Some people simply like mean – so long as somebody else is the brunt. It's not creative, or intelligent. It doesn't show us anything new. If we don't like something about somebody, we enjoy it if somebody else takes that person down a peg. Really it's all about us.

    People are ambivalent about celebrity. At the same time we'd sh-t if one of those stars actually treated us with respect, we don't always like that they get so much love, fame, and money. It's about our own egos.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  438. CommonSense

    I thought Gervais was fantastic, he told those with such confidence. If the jokes had gone too far, no one would have laughed; but people did laugh; (and I DID see Robert De Niro chuckling at Gervais's antics). We have to remember that all the people at these occasions get paid ridiculous amounts of money to do what they do, they can't take themselves too seriously and neither should we. Anyone see Gervais on Louis C.K.? I laughed so hard I cried!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  439. Michelle

    HILARIOUS!! Some Actors/Actresses need to be knocked down a couple of notches to help keep them down to earth ....and reminds them know they are not above anybody!

    January 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  440. Bravo RG

    I enjoyed the award show last night with Ricky Gervais as the host. The comments were hilarious and meant for entertainment. Isn't that the reason the people in that room have jobs? To entertain?

    January 17, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  441. AMP

    Seriously funny. But go ahead and Google Dean Martin Roasts to see how its REALLY done!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  442. Ryn

    p.s.- how did i not know that christian Bale is English???! I started watching his respoinse to RG and i thought he was having a Madonna/Johnny Depp and adopt-an-accent phase. but i guess not. ha.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  443. Yolanda E

    Grow a thicker stkin! You folks take yourselves WAY too seriously! If Downey, Jr and Sheene want to avoid being singled out, stay off the booze and the drugs... You get paid more for in a week than most people earn in a lifetime! You ought to be ashamed how you react to someone who is merely teasing for entertainment... Few have much talent and need to hone your skills to make an impression in the mediocre movies on offer at the moment.... I think less of some of those who made a defensive fuss last night... The only time i cringed was when I had to listen to the mind-numbing speeches by the award winners.... Now THAT was embarressing! They had to almost be yanked off the stage! Great to see Michael Douglas doing well.... hope to see him in future movies!

    January 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  444. AC

    I thought he was totally funny...if you don't want a comedian who does that type of comedy and has the wit to pull it off, then get someone else and have no one watch at home. I actually thought the most offensive person of the night was Steve C., who it seems only likes his own stuff. What a petulant twit.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  445. keithmoore1

    Overblown, self-important love fest where there they even hype the actors giving the awards to the nominees...Ricky offered a healthy dose of reality. ;)

    January 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  446. sue

    Loved it!!! will watch again if he hosts.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  447. Carter

    I think he should do it with Karl Pilkington next year.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  448. jared4ever

    I thought he was hilarious! Way to go Ricky!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  449. Deb

    I thought it was awful; not just mean or mean-spiritied but plain not funny. The Golden Globes really could do better for a host. Aren't adults supposed to be setting a good example? His behavior promotes bullying and rudeness; isn't this what we want our children to overcome?

    January 17, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicole

      YES we are all adults...that is the people that SHOULD be able to take a joke...and I agree with most...These persons have put themselves in the line of fire...what do they expect from a comedian???....I think it was a VERY funny, who would u rather see...Steve Martin...BORiNG!!!!!!!!

      January 17, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      Oh, Brother – really Deb? Are adults no longer allowed to laugh at things that they wouldn't personally want their children to say or do??? I knew some of my fellow Americans don't get sarcasm or irony but now we're blind to context too?

      January 17, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emma Sue

      OMG, are you for real? You seriously need to get a life and maybe take some Dulcolax. You must be a member of the Church of Scientology or something. Thanks to Ricky Gervais for breaking the status quo.

      January 17, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  450. Lisa Mattingly

    I watched the Golden Globes and although some of Ricky's commentary was funny and meant to be a "ribbing" I was upset at some of what he said. Charlie Sheens bad personal antics are in my opinion up for grabs but his attacks on Jolie and Depp was unwarranted and out of line. I felt for them
    as they were present and among their peers.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  451. Alliyo

    While I did gasp a few times, I think Ricky Gervais is a wonderful comedian and did a great job hosting the Golden Globes. I think part of the point of his 'jabs' at celebrities and movies is that it shouldn't be taken so SERIOUSLY, I mean they are celebrities for crying out loud, they aren't like the rest of us... they should be completley at ease with some teasing- I think it's well worth it for getting to be famous and rich.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  452. Frannie

    So if these so called 'stars/actors' are drunks, silly, and just plain stupid, then they are fair game. They make their living from the public, so if their behavior is not role model material, then they should be called on it. Why would anyone want to watch an award show anyway?

    January 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  453. Laurie

    .....and screw Angelina Jolie....meh...

    January 17, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  454. Mike

    Thought you would like this.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  455. Judy

    I didn't care for Ricky's comments and saw nothing funny about him. He was rude and abrasive.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  456. The Bodacious

    The Golden Globes was on last night? I missed it, oh well, life will go on.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  457. Sarah

    Celebrities are just mad because they know we hate them and it's fun to make fun of their ego's!

    January 17, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  458. Mark

    I love it. I absolutely love it. All these "A" listers with their heads in the clouds. I love to see em brought down a notch or two (or three....or four). Run on back to your ivory towers and have a real good cry, and then grow up. Or in the case of Angelina Jolie, run on back and STAY THERE.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  459. gbd001

    I didn't watch the show, as I know it's just an uber-liberal lovefest and not worth wasting a minute on. I watched the Sunday evening lineup on HBO and Showtime instead, as I usually do.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  460. Sheryl

    Ricky G was hilarous last night. Celebs shouldn't be in the public eye if they don't want to be talked about or mocked. It comes with the territory. The scientology joke and the one about Bruce Willis being Ashton Kutchers dad made me pee my pants. LOVED IT!! Doubt Ann Hathaway and James Franco will be as bold at the Oscars, but here's hoping.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  461. Joe

    Isn't "The Office" style humor all about making uncomfortable jokes? He just said what everyone was thinking anyway.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  462. Laurie

    LOVED IT! LOVED IT! LOVED IT! Oh,.... and I LOVED IT TOO!

    January 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  463. john316

    I think Ricky Gervais thinks his humor is funny...but it's mainly cheap shots.....everyone already knows all the things he brought up...been tjhere ..done that kinda stuff ...a milliion times already....some people might resent the stars or the press and like to see insults thrown about...but it really isn't funny or clever....I think he's the "Emporer's New Clothes" in comedy ....like Russel Brand ...equally non-funny for the most part....like hitting the "laugh and applause" meter to let people know they need to react......since they are unable to think themselves............too bad......

    January 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  464. MikeB

    I thought RG was hilarious – the only reason I watched the show to begin with.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  465. Really?

    If you dont want to be made fun of for going into rehab or jail, then DONT GO TO REHAB AND JAIL. People like Downey need to realize that if they make stupid decicions, people wil make fun of them for it. Just because you are rich and famous doesnt make it right or give you a free pass from scrutiny.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • YES, REALLY!!

      I do think that the remarks about Robert Downey Jr, are out of line. He was messed up YEARS ago and has since worked hard and cleaned up his act and kept clean. That make those RG jokes old and tired. If he stuck to the current topical messes like Charlie Scheen, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan or Mel Gibson he would have come off better. If someone straightens up, leave them alone personally. Keep the jokes and criticisms about their work.

      January 17, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  466. Wendy

    People need to chill out. He wasn't saying anything that other people weren't thinking. I didn't watch the show because I thought it would be boring, but now I almost wished I had.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  467. Michelle

    If Ricky Gervais hadn't been hosting, I wouldn't have bothered watching.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  468. Debby

    You gotta love the Brits humor or NOT!!! LOL

    January 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  469. Ryn

    Ricky G is pretty funny and i didn't watch the globes but i saw the clips. Nobody wants to be called out on national television, but I saw the Tourist and it did not deserve an award so I think it's okay (albeit ironic that it happened at the same awards show that was supposed to honor it) for someone to point that – and all of the ridiculousness of hollywood – out. If they want to have million-dollar parties to showcase how awesome they are and expect people to sit at home and watch in awe and amazement at their awesomeness and talent, they are foolling themselves. Seeing other people live a life of glamour and luxury adn then congratulate themselves for it isn't too entertaining in my opinion...seeing those people embarssed can be pretty funny.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  470. LindaPP

    Ricky is my hero. I LOVE that guy! He did say no joke is off limits, didn't he? And besides, they knew what they were going to get. If they were worried, then why invite him back for a second time?

    January 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  471. Tiffany!

    Ricky is brilliant! love him :) Hollywood is as screwed up as people come and it's about time someone tells it like it is!

    January 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  472. Karen8790

    Excellent! But glad he's not over here!

    January 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  473. Melissa

    He was hilarious. Why do people think he was too harsh??? He's in a room full of people who take themselves WAY too seriously. Lighten up. If you can't laugh at yourself, then don't choose a profession where everyone knows who you are and what you do.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  474. kazz

    more people should speak the truth like ricky

    January 17, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  475. Deeg

    Loved every minute of Ricky! He was the high light of a boring show. When you see the winner pull out a "list" of people to thank, you know you're in trouble! Just say "thanks everyone" and move along. Hope they bring Ricky back again next year.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  476. Ron

    The actors are totally boring outside of movies... Ricky was the real entertainment. He was the star of the show. Genius.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  477. Steven D

    Ricky Gervais may be a unny comedian most of the time, but last night he bombed. Instead he was just down right mean spirited and it made the show uncomfortable to watch. His comments about Robert Downey, Jr. were uncalled for and I thought Mr. Downey's response was eloquent and put Mr. Gervais in his place. Mr. Gervais was noticeably absent from the show after that. My guess is that he got his hands slapped by the producers and stormed off. Bottom line: he was a jerk!

    January 17, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  478. Mike D

    I thought Ricky Gervais was hilarious. People in Hollywood take themselves too seriously. Very funny stuff.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  479. Matt

    Telling the truth (3D / characters – HA!) and making people laugh sometimes pushes the envelope. I loved it.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  480. SUE

    I thought it was in pretty poor taste myself. You can be funny without being vile. Get Conan back!

    January 17, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  481. Ross

    Hilarious. I hope he's back next year.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  482. my2leftfeet

    I liked it, that's why they signed him up again. He did well, just sometimes if your movie sucks, your not going to get flowers and sunshine. Ask the Patriots if they deserve a parade for that egg they laid last night ? Good movies get praise, bad movies get lambasted. Your rich, get over it. It's when your poor and you suck when you have it hard.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  483. Judy Kobsar

    It was painful watching him in motion. I like to watch the Golden Globes but we need a new host for 2012. He has served his time. Get someone else that is humorous as he was not since he was busy poking and pointing nasty fingers at the stars.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • terri

      Yes, RG HAS worn out his welcome, two years of him as Host is two years too many !!! Get someone else, who isn't so rude and disgusting.
      The show was a bit boring and the speeches were too long, as usual.

      January 17, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  484. Joe

    Ricky is not THAT funny. Sometimes he makes one laugh, and at other times he misses. Hit and miss. His humor comes from another country, and that means he doesn't make Americans laugh like he might if he were in his own country.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  485. JoanCrawford

    I thought his jokes weren't funny. He actually reminded me of Kathy Griffin or Joan Rivers – all nasty and nothing really funny. I don't care if Ricky made fun of these celebrities – they make enough money to take some cheap shots, I don't feel bad for them. However I thought Ricky could have been funnier. I am sure he won't be asked to host the show again.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  486. jfor

    Hilarious. I never watch awards shows, and this guy kept me watching (with my wife) just for his jokes. The Heffner rip was the best! We were both in tears!!

    January 17, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  487. Dean

    Ricky Gervais was the worst host I have ever seen. He was not funny and just plain mean spirited and vulgar. Everytime he came on stage it was awkward for the celebrities and TV audience. I am shocked the organizers invited him back after last year's disaster and this year he was worse as a host. Let's hope we have seen the last of him as several of the celebrity presenters were funnier than he was.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  488. Steve Morrissey

    Personally I cannot stand RG, people like him are two a penny in the UK – and I'm not necessarily talking famous folks either. Don't get me wrong, his style is typical of anyone with a sense of humour in Britain, and that means most from old friends and family roasting each other, to the entertainment by drag queens – but then that is exactly why I can't accept him being so famous stateside and that is exactly why you have. In the US, someone like this is perceived as being a huge individual. He is not. It is simply the cultural difference showing through that the UK are used to and the US is not. In my experience, much of the critiques (or even criticism) from the US about anything coming from a British personality seem to come from a literal point of view. While a different brand of personality entirely, the same has been said of Simon Cowell, perhaps Piers Morgan too, the simple fact is many are indeed uptight in the US, and you all need to lighten up and at least try to get it. If you are going to embrace British personalities, then you need to embrace what it is the British find funny in their own country. If the shoe were on the other foot, someone like David Letterman to me is completely bland, yet his audiences roll with laughter most times at a wheel going round. Ridiculous, no talent people like Will Ferrell seem to be more the speed in the US and that is just sad. There are too many people like him that you make into huge stars and that in itself goes a long way to answer this controversy. It is unintelligent. Mean spirited has been mentioned a lot here, that is sad too – you simply just cannot understand, while scathing, that these comments by a British person come from a completely different place. Not a mean place at al; it is simply cultural difference, and I wish you people could somehow understand that. But then if wishes were fishes, I myself, as an author wouldn't be so controversial either – because I don't do it the vanilla cookie cutter way and ice it with red white and blue either.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  489. Carol Cannon

    To rude for my taste. I just am not impressed by people who have to be crude to feel good about themselves.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  490. Ken in Miami

    I've quit watching awards show, like college bowl, games there are just too many. Seeing a bunch of obscenely overpaid celebrities pat each other on the back got old long ago.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  491. arlyn

    I thought Ricky was absolutly brilliant! It's about time someone knocked a few of these celebrities down to size.... afterall, nothing he said was untrue! The tourist was critically panned as awful, the forgien press is being sued for bribes, the "two scientoligists" well lord, we ALL know who hes referring to..... people need to lighten up! Well done Ricky, well done!

    January 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  492. Al

    For those of you who don't think a Golden Globes' host should act like a roastmaster, didn't like Gervais' performance specifically, or who generally believe that there should be a more "serious" host for such an event, maybe next year the HFPA should recruit James Lipton. On the other hand, I believe that the show's ratings would end up in the toilet if they did hire someone serious. Like some people have pointed out here, if you don't like the program, change the channel. Otherwise, realizing who and what he is (i.e. a British comedian), I think Ricky did a wonderful job . . .

    January 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  493. Brynley

    Ricky Gervais MADE the awards show. He was hilarious! Everything he said was true and nothing hurts like the truth. Maybe Robert Downey, Jr. has conveniently forgotten that HE WAS at Betty Ford and HE WAS in jail...Hello...! I think that many of the stars have come to believe their press agents and it's time that they woke up to the fact that they are just people with a great job. A STAR was someone like Kathryn Hepburn...down to ear, classy and aware that her job made her famous. GO, GO Gervais...keep making us laugh. We are the people you were entertaining and we LOVED you!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  494. Dags

    I think that if any of the celebs were outraged or had their feelings hurt, then they should be forced to host the awards next year.
    How many awards do actors need to get anyway? People's Choice, Golden Globes, Oscars, Emmys, MTV Awards....I'm sure there are plenty of others that I'm not thinking of. I guess the multimillion dollar pay checks aren't enough to let them know that they're doing well.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  495. Albert menezez

    He was good but i think he could have gone too far with his rough jokes... its not easy to be humorous and balanced

    January 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  496. Robin

    "PC" ??? Are you kidding? You must not be familiar with any of the work that was nominated nor the artists who created it.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  497. Barbara

    He was funny. It was expected. Some of it wasn't funny but not who he was saying it about but it just didn't make me laugh. He's a comedian. Take it for what it is.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  498. D

    He was soooo funny. He is honest and tells it how it is.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  499. sam

    In the end it all comes down to ratings. If the ratings were good, he will be back again. I am sure celebrities can swallow their pride for a couple of hours as long as they are the ones laughing to the bank.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  500. Angela

    I thought he was hilarious and looked forward to whatever he was about to say when he came onstage. What's the sense of having a host that's boring; I'd rather watch these shows with some humor involved than have a host that's boring and stale. Like he said, it was all in good fun and if you work in this type of interest you really should learn to grow somne thick skin!

    January 17, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  501. Moi

    the Hollywood Reporter said Gervais' comments made for compelling television. Yup... compelled me to CHANGE channels. So all the advertisers missed me...

    January 17, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  502. Carl Maida

    They hired a world-class comic genius to host the show. Hollywood has made a fortune from his humor.
    So, they should let Ricky Gervais do his job. He's the top.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  503. Ronnie

    Just be glad it wasn't Craig Ferguson.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  504. Mike

    I like controversial. I like edgy. I don't like mean, myself. Brits do. Good for them.

    RG was GREAT in The Office. I would cringe and cringe, and then just start laughing at every excruciatingly awkward thing he would say and do. He's a funny man, he does great standup, and I like him. But, I'd choose someone else for an awards show.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  505. ???

    What does it take to get a comment to show up on this blog???

    January 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  506. Robin Jacobs

    Many of the posters here seem to delight in seeing people they deem as rich and successful being humiliated in public. Keep in mind that many of the recipients are young actors who are not fabulously wealthy – Chris Colfer is a great example. These people care about their art and are honored to be there. It was a shame to see that special evening for them littered with so much meanness from Gervais.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      Did he say anything mean about Chris Colfer?? (yay Chris!) Or any of the other "poor young people"? I don't think so ...he knew who his targets were, people who should be "big" enough to take it.

      January 17, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  507. jjboston

    That is British humour – they're pretty proud of it, especially when American can't get it.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  508. Martin

    Why are people shocked at his presentation? He's been saying for weeks now that he was planning such a harsh presentation that he hoped he wouldn't be asked back, and that he wasn't tough enough last year.

    This should have come as no surprise.

    Kudos to Ricky Gervais. Didn't see the show as I have better things to do, but he obviously followed through and did what he said he would, based on my reading of this article.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  509. Pippi

    I couldn't believe how uptight and dour the hollywood audience looked from the beginning of the show. Ricky didn't stand a chance with his silly, irreverent sense of humor. We thought he was great, but the audience's prudish reaction made the whole experience uncomfortable. Last year they seemed scared of Ricky and this year just plain bitter. Obviously he's not the right host for an event full of people who are self-absorbed and prefer the event to be purely self-congratulatory. What is it about a group of the most privileged people in the world, who are gathering to celebrate themselves, that they can't even laugh at themselves? A perfect example that success and riches does not equal self-esteem.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  510. JR

    The only reason celebrities weren't offended by this guy is because they're all as immoral as he was being.

    We watched a bit of this because it was the only thing on TV last night. Between Gervais and Robert Downy Jr's bit about sleeping with all the female actresses... yeah we didn't watch much more.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  511. Robin Jacobs

    This was not a roast. It was a place to honor people for their artistic accomplishments. Everyone in the room, including Ricky has difficulties and failures in their life. That was not the time or place to embarrass people by bringing them up. His humor was just plain mean and totally out of place at this event.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  512. Leo

    Very funny, VERY funny! Pushing the limits without vulgar terms.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  513. Esch

    People really need to lighten up. Anyone who knows Gervais' style knows that this is how he is all the time. He didn't single out any one person, he singled out EVERYBODY. We laughed our butts off with what he said, but sadly, most of America doesn't get his humor and so they take it as rude and offensive. It actually made the show enjoyable to watch for once.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  514. Norwood

    Ricky Gervais not funny. Anyone that thinks he was funny is just as classless and crude as he is. You can be funny and edgy with out being cruel. He was way over the line. For the first time ever I nearly turned the show off rather than be subjected to his vitrol. We wonder why young people have no manners, do not know how to act in public, and bully one another. If behavior such as was esxhibited by Ricky Gervais is considered ok or the norm in a very public forum you have your answer.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  515. annacc75

    Hilarious!....plus, some of the people he was picking on were in the crowd and he knew it so it's not like he was talking behind someones back..besides, He told them what to expect and what he was going to say and that's what they wanted!

    January 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  516. Oh boy

    What's wrong with making fun of a bunch of overpaid, ego-maniacs who put on their own show to award themselves pompus awards?

    January 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  517. Milk

    Somebody should roast some of these illiterate posters who can't seem to put a sentence together and whose clumsy use of the language makes Norm Crosby seem like William Safire.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  518. Carrie

    Oh come now, Robert Downey Jr saying Ricky G was mean spirited? Really?? This is why people like he and Lindsay Lohan always end up in rehab, because they get so butt hurt when someone calls it like it really is.

    Can't they at least ACT like it was funny? No? Maybe thats why no one is going to see The Tourist... lack of acting ability.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  519. Iveeno

    The other debate this week is, 'Why have communicatons in America become so harsh; why is the rhetoric so offensive and on the edge?' Apparently it is the norm. Every person speaking on TV turns it into some tasteless roast in order to show off. News people, too. Etiquette, intellect and thoughtfulness give way to scandal, foul language and immaturity. Why has the rhetoric become so harsh lately, again, please...?

    January 17, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  520. dajackg

    "Bullying" the poor movie stars – what nonsense. These people shouldn't be GETTING awards. Their obscene salaries are plenty of reward for the movies they make. If they're going to get dressed up to participate in one of these sordid televised back-slapping sessions, they should be ready to have the p!ss taken out of them while they're at it.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  521. Peace

    I was very saddened and hurt by his comment when introducing Sandra Bullock...His reference to her not riding public transportation because 'poor people are dirty and they smell bad' was VERY cruel. If he is suppose to be insulting the actors, that is bad enough, but to insult the salt of the earth is completely inhumane! Very sad.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  522. Disappointed

    I find it disheartening that everyone is so concerned whether or not Ricky hurt celebrities feelings last night, yet they don't seem to care about his final comment of the night. "I'd like to thank God for making me an Atheist". Had everyone changed the channel at that point? It was the most offensive comment of the night, but nobody seems to care! I was a BIG fan of his, but no longer. He was tiptoing on the line all night, but with that, he not only crossed the line, he jumped way over it! This country was founded on God and it is about time people remembered that and start respecting it! He is trying to be the male Kathy Griffin, but it doesn't suit him.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      Dear Disappointed: Isn't your God bigger than that?? I really can't believe you were a BIG fan of RG that you are shocked to hear him say that. Given reactions like yours, which I'm sure is not the only one, I don't know how "smart" it was for future network TV gigs, but fair to say he succeeded in getting attention!

      January 17, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  523. latenight

    No longer The Untouchables. Brought them back to earth. Loved it!

    January 17, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  524. lenni

    I adore him and so glad he nailed the scientologist....Very sadly the one's child died as a result of his religious practices.
    Ricky is a fantastic humourist!!! Bravo!
    He makes a show like this worth watching.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  525. hippo

    Gervais gave us The Office, and for that I for one am grateful. However, last night, he was a jerk, and his "jokes" didn't make it. It was embarrassing.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  526. Carl

    Let's look at the context.

    A bunch of the most useless people on the planet, who have nonetheless become filthy rich, are handing each other awards for the accomplishment of having become rich while being useless.

    Yes, they need to shut up and take it for the sake of letting the rest of us have a laugh at them.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  527. AB

    It seems to me that the ones viewing at home were entertained, RG was bitingly funny, and the 'stars' should take themselves less seriously. Honestly – the Golden Globes are decided by 85 foreign correspondents. Why would anyone take the show seriously?

    January 17, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  528. J-real

    Chrysalis Ricky wasn't disgusting, but he was disgustingly funny and spot on ha ha ha. He's certainly not a low life and lost, I'd say he's living the high life and been found!!!. Dave learn to spell mate!!! Some Americans just can't take it, being so high and mighty and that's why Ricky got to some of you so much. He purposely was having a shot at your self indulgent, better than everyone else culture and proved that he just doesn't care about it. He basically pulled down his pants and dropped a big duke on that plastic sought after hollywood lifestyle. Enjoy it :)

    January 17, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  529. brd

    Brilliant. These overpaid overindulged botoxed and some uneducated people should be treated normally especially when we have to wathch them. This guy has the right idea and he should host all programs like this and bring these people back to earth.

    Let's get him for the Oscars. They are always so disrespectful to the public and treat us like vermin.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  530. Clay

    I love Ricky Gervais and he was mostly hilarious BUT he did miss big time with Robert Downey jr. That joke was very unoriginal, non creative AND like Downey said, just mean spirited.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  531. Tommy

    He's the only reason I watched

    January 17, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  532. Jenny

    They pat themselves on the back every other week for acting poorly... I think they could use a bit of a smack back to reality.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  533. Alicia

    Hilarious! Who wants to see everyone just saying how great they all are? That would be BORING and annoying. I thought he was great. Comes with the territory of being famous and having people fawn all over you all the time.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  534. CJ

    Lighten up everyone! Drug and alcohol abuse and recovery is hysterical!

    /idiots

    January 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  535. jeremy

    America learn to laugh. I love your country and people, but perhaps millionaire celebrities need a reality check.....

    January 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  536. Matt

    Reading about this actually makes me disappointed for missing it. I'd also be tempted to watch this a little more if they didn't show some sort of awards show thing every other week with the same people/things winning them. These people need to suck it up and laugh a little.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  537. suzy

    I thought the humor was in bad taste. Hostle, aggressive, mean- spirited humor is not funny. Someone needs to be deserving of being humilated and insulted. I found it to be offensive and ugly. I almost turned it off. It takes no skill or wit or talent to be a jerk. Get someone with talent up there next year! And.. someone who is funny!

    January 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  538. lucy

    I didn't like it. I'm not sure what the whole point of making fun of celebs at these AWARD shows are. The Golden Globes and Oscars are supposed to be to honor these people, not rib at them. This isn't the MTV movie awards or the razzies. They need to be more serious and show these people the respect they deserve. There is a fine line between being comedic and just plain rude/ awkward.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  539. Bilbo

    There are millions of people in this world that get up at all hours of the day and night to work difficult jobs, and that just to feed their kids, and some of those kids are sick or underfed. Should anyone care whether someone who gets paid millions of dollars for acting has to take a little ribbing without getting upset? Roast'm Gervais, it goes with the territory. They can go cry in their silk sheets afterward,

    January 17, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  540. Antonio

    He stated on the Daily Show that last year the producers expected more out of him and though that he pulled too many punches. Therefore, he said, this year he was going to do bits that were more typical of his usual comedy.

    And he did.

    So now it's bad that he delivered? He's biting and his comedy centers around harsh, quick stabs of truth. Oh well, that's what they wanted and it's pretty damn funny if you ask me!

    If you're going to go on a ridiculous amount of drug benders (Robert Downey Jr.) you better be able to laugh about it.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  541. Larry

    I watched the show expecting the host to be entertaining and funny. He was not entertaining or funny. Period!

    January 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  542. becket1

    Lighten up people. sometimes the truth hurts but hey this isn't aobut world peace. Perspective! After all I've heard worse things about all of them–that weren't true. We still love y'all including Gervais.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  543. JACK127

    Hollywood needs to get off their high horse. It's double standard on top of double standard on top of vanity. They all think and say what he had no problem saying on the microphone. In other words. THE TRUTH.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  544. candice

    I am kicking myself for missing this last night! Love R.G. and his sense of humor is brillant. I love how unapologetic he is. Some celebs need a good slap in the face. It helps to keep them grounded.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  545. Molly Bee

    Well, at least Mr. Gervais proved that mean and tacky doesn't sound any better in a British accent than in an American one. If he ever heard of the Golden Rule, he must have thought it was meant as a joke.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  546. Maureen Hart

    I think this may be generational, and I'm on the wrong side of the gap, but I do not appreciate Gervais' humor at all.
    But, more important than the question of personal taste, is that, in light of the events of the past week, it is time for all of us to become less mean-spirited. Good comedy does not have to make people uncomfortable. As for awards programs, I think the evening should center on the achievements of the people nominated, in a positive way, and not center on a debate about the host. A good host at a party at home tries to make all guests feel welcome and comfortable, as should a host of an event like this.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  547. fastball

    OK...the star-shots were brilliant. A little edgy, but still brilliant.
    I just didn't like the "teeth and toilet" joke about the old guy from the Writers. The stars are fair game...but the old guy, no.
    Other than that...the Sheen joke was priceless.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  548. Imatwork

    I was mostly embarrassed for the celebs like Robert Downey Jr. who took it upon himself to insinuate that Ricky was being mean-spirited. Ricky dishes it out because he knows he can (and will) take it all back and then some. These celebrities are so coddled and self-righteous that they can't even take a joke. Hey Robert Downey Jr., we all know you were a drug addict and went to rehab; might as well laugh about it, or at least not be so offended when someone mentions it.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  549. Capt N Coke

    Why is it that when its a roast its funny, but when its an awards show its not?
    Roasts are funny, and so was this. He likely won't be invited back, which is a shame, but I enjoyed it.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  550. Chris Cyran

    The unemployment rate in California just went up by 1.Ricky Gervais was not funny, mean and NOT funny.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  551. Selma

    I watched the whole thing and he was funny. I enjoyed the show because of him. So THANK YOU RICKY!!! People need to chill out.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  552. viewer

    Once again the media and celebrities have completely missed the boat and expected the american public to react the same way as their insular world. Ricky was great – he was an all-important reminder that Hollywood should not take itself so seriously. Trips to Haiti is not all that is needed – humble yourself and practice your art! Stars should know that – and if you don't – Ricky was there to remind you. Hooray to all you out there that saw something the media completely missed.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  553. shamgar50

    He was hilarious. I loved his final comment. "Thank you god for making me an atheist".

    January 17, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  554. Rg

    Having seen Gervais on the show "Louie", I thought his schtick was rather tame. At least he didn't do an cancer jokes.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  555. mark T

    I only recorded it to skip through and watch Gervais's bits.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  556. Orange

    Its not Ricky who was trashy , it was Robert Deniro, Javier bardam along with waiters to be deported?? that was a quite racist comments aiming at latin community. Very disrespectful and tasteless. Over years I have liked watching his movies and I had huge respect for him. Not anymore,, Just because you screw a black women doesnt give you right to say anything about other minorities. I am sure he got his speech from Jersey shore writer Iol What more bothers me is the how media is so silent about his comments, if he had joked about blacks or jews, it would have been different, NAACP or hollywood would be after him, characterized him as Mel Gibson, but when celebrities or news anchors say some racist mean comments about hispanic community , nobody cares. They are the new bunch bag like muslims. Robert Deniro, you are trashy you didnt deserve that award, Go to hell!

    January 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • iho

      I absolutely love, love, love Robert DeNiro but I must say, I was very shocked about his comment. I noticed throughout the show they silenced some of the comments that were made. I think it was to bleep out offensive comments but didn't do that for DeNiro. The audience even gasped. Very shocked that he insulted the Hispanic community and Bardem. I wonder how Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longeria and Bardem felt.

      January 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • orange

      I know, but I think the hispanic community should start speaking out!!! I am not hispanic, but I felt very uncomfortable quite shocked to hear that.

      January 17, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  557. Julie in NC

    Gervais was a jackas*! The awards shows, Globes or Oscars, are meant to be a celebration for their actors/actresses and their craft. Instead, he turned it in to a night of constant slurs and distasteful comments. Maybe, that's called humor on the other side of the pond? Here ... it's annoying,

    January 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  558. Veganistic

    "Please welcome Ashton Kutcher's dad, Bruce Willis!"

    January 17, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  559. OmaundOpa

    You go, Ricky! Loved it, loved it, loved it!

    January 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  560. Alexa

    Even my husband laughed with him- we got his humor and he was totally great!
    Mean spirited? May be. But funny.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  561. bryce

    Gervais was the only reason I watched, and he did not dissappoint!

    January 17, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  562. PUD

    Celebrities or not – whether what he said was true or not, it was just plain mean and hurtful and uncalled for. When this type of talk goes on in the schools it's called bullying.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  563. Christine

    I thought Ricky Gervais was super hysterical. It was all in good fun and in my opinion, all those millionaires should just remember they can all laugh all the way to the bank! Lighten up, its movies and tv, not like they are saving anyones lives!

    January 17, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  564. Racewalker45

    Ricky was using material given to him by the celebrities themselves! What would he have said about Robert Downey Jr. had he not been in rehab or in jail? All of a sudden these celeb pinheads can't take a little roasting. Please! Ricky was the only reason I continued to watch. For these celebs to all of a sudden develop such a thick skin because the humor was biting, give me a break. What do they expect when everything they do is publicized immediately, including divorces, drug use, rehab, plastic surgery, etc. There is a reason comedians are hired to host these shows, to make them funny for the viewer.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  565. VPF

    Great point Al. Don Rickles was brutally funny as well. We really don't have anyone that good anymore.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  566. tvg

    HILARIOUS! As long as he is hosting I'm watching!

    January 17, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  567. DAK

    Why do these self important, HIGHLY OVERPAID, supposedly talented people need all of these awards?? It's getting really disgusting to watch these pampered, self proclaimed geniuses of the art of acting basically demanding affirmation of said talent year after year. Awards are for people who really deserve them, like our U.S. soldiers who pay the ultimate price on a daily basis. Where are their awards? Where are the awards for firemen, nurses, doctors, policemen, and the list goes on. Hooray for Ricky Gervais! Let him tell it like it is! I found his cutting humor extremely appropriate for those "STARS" who were offended. Maybe they could actually learn some humility from RG. BRAVO RICKY, keep up the good work!

    January 17, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  568. NonMovieWatcherNow

    Finally they (so called actors) got exactly what they deserved .. Brilliant Gervais

    January 17, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  569. Bob

    And let's not forget Ricky's miming of Hugh Hefner's new wife gagging... oh! Too funny!!

    January 17, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  570. Smithy

    Defo a British/UK versus American sense of humour issue. Those Americans that haven't lived in the UK or have in depth knowledge won't get that...

    January 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  571. stargazing tara

    I thought he was great. You need a guy like this to make some of the egos in the room to stop taking themselves so seriously and that is especially true for Angelina and Johhny – They're annoyingly conceited.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  572. FartyMcGoo

    I soiled myself. It didn't smell pleasant. I don't have a change either :(

    January 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  573. Matt

    Whoever thinks Gervais' jokes were "falling flat" is either a scrooge or handicapped. His jokes were absolutely hilarious and to act as if celebrities feelings are being hurt is pathetic – they make millions of dollars and are rich and will never face the pains many of us do – to have their worst moment be someone making a joke at their expense is a blessing, no?

    January 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  574. SBibs

    1) Hollywood A-listers need to stop taking themselves so seriously. You're just actors for goodness sake. Learn to laugh at yourselves and stop being such wusses!
    2) It's Ricky Gervais. Not to say that some of the jokes weren't over the top...but he's Ricky Gervais. Isn't this what he does? Is this really a "surprise" outcome?? Don't hire a guy like him for the job and not expect some below the belt jokes. At least the man can laugh at himself too!

    January 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  575. Sean

    I thought Ricky Gervais was hilarious. These awards shows are far more entertaining when there is a bit of tongue-in-cheek thrown in. Otherwise, it's just a bunch of millionaires patting each other in the back. Also, it isn't any secret was Ricky Gervais does. To be honest, this was rather tame for him.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  576. Channel Changer

    I turned the channel. I always watch this show from beginning to end but found him it to be hurtful and rude. I hope the advertisers hear this from a lot of the viewers so that they give us someone funny but kind next year so I can watch again.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  577. Jimmy Rigsby

    If I had a dog I'd name it Ricky Gervais and teach it to bite people in their rear ends. I'd probably feed it Eukanuba dry dog food. When it got old enough, I'd wrap it up in a box and mail it to my cousin Ron. He knows a guy who has a nice farm in the country. Most likely, the real Ricky Gervais would never know about any of this.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  578. VPF

    A roast is.... well, pretty much taking jabs at people. It only hurts if you think it is too close to the truth! The trouble is the celebs take themselves way too seriously and think way too much of themselves. Stop looking down your noses at the rest of us svp. They are overpaid and their contribution to society is too often suspect...yup even when they appear to be doing good things, it often is for publicity. No one has to know who is behind the money when building and orphanage in a faraway place, for example. Lighten up folks...

    January 17, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  579. DanP

    He was NOT very funny at all. I'll take Whoopie or Billy Crystal over him ANYDAY.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  580. Momo

    I think celebs need develop thick-skins. At least he said in your face. So tabloids fibbing your lives is fine but now real stuff? Serious ego issues at a fixed and lame award show (shows actually cos all are fixed and are organized to glamorize Hollywood). I wouldn't give Hollywood awards show the time of day if it was for Gervais.
    P.S. I didn't know sugar-coated, scared-to-steps-on-toes-in-case-I-lose-my-job jokes are still in America. Grow some balls

    January 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  581. Al

    Ricky is British; what he dealt out was British humor; deal with it. In essence, he is a British version of as if Don Rickles had hosted. If the Foreign Press Association didn't realize the type of British humor in general and Gervais' style specficially, then it's nobody's fault but the Association. It seems that the professional audience in attendance recognized this, even if the pundits and general press did not. Would those who are criticizing Gervais today have said these same things if Rickles had hosted and he (Rickles) had not done his standard routine? I think not . . . Gervais was fine and ought to be invited back to do it again.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  582. seasonable

    Love Ricky better than any of the jerks who can't take a joke. Sorry I missed the show, he's too funny!

    January 17, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  583. jaxi

    These actors take themselves far too seriously.
    They are paid to ACT....They aren't saving lives here.
    Well done RG. I'm sure you'll be replaced by one of those scientologists or some benign ho hum like Johnny Depp next year. I laughed out loud and gasped but was thoroughly entertained when RG was on stage.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  584. Lola

    He was hilarious. Loved it. For those who didn't like it, what make's his art more offensive because it is true?

    January 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  585. David

    He was cruel a lot of the times. I don't think addiction and alcoholism are funny, even in regard to celebrities. There are other things that ARE funny. He would do better to stick to them, IMO.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  586. Bob

    Hollywood actors take themselves way too seriously. Why are we allowed to make fun of politicians, but not actors? Last I checked, the general public paid for both of their lifestyles. And it's not like Ricky G said anything that hadn't already been said in another forum. I especially loved that he called out the HFP on 'The Tourist'! Good going, dude. You've got my vote for next year's Globes.

    January 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  587. Wendy

    I thought Ricky just wasn't funny...bottom line....much of his material was old news, ex. RDJ's jail and rehab...been there, done that.... I just wanted to see the presenters and winners, Ricky was like an annoying little gnat that I wanted to go away.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  588. RJ

    I switched channels. It's not that he was inappropriate - the problem is he wasn't funny. If you roast someone, at least be entertaining. Switched back only at the end to see the very last awards. Hope someone else is selected for next year.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  589. Cindy Indiana

    He was brilliant. Too many people take themselves way too serious. He reminded me of the late greats Lenny Bruce and Bill Hicks

    January 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  590. Jab

    RG is one of most talented comedian I have ever come across, he should be given ‘Golden Globes’ award ‘at the spot’ for entertaining viewers.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  591. Stacy

    He was funny, but the insights and innuendo could have been more clever and less clunky, remembering that the head of HFPA might not have wanted to be likened to an alzheimers patient

    January 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  592. Canadian Dave

    No offense, but Americans need to lighten up a little...less war, less discrimination, less guns, more tolerance...these people are rich and should have thick skins by now...I personally liked the jokes, but he should look at getting his teeth done...and if Tom Cruise or Angelina were offended that's their problem.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      I like how many are concerned about the state of his teeth... sigh.

      January 17, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  593. katan

    RIcky is one of the best, most incisive comedians working today. At least I hope he's still working today.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  594. ieat

    It's absolutely hilarious. He said things we all say on these comment boards. It's obvious that those are jokes, not proven facts. These celebs make millions and they need to lighten up. I love that he brought these celebs back down to earth. Love British humour!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  595. StupidHollyweird

    Cry me a river you worthless hollywood trash heaps.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  596. kathie

    Funny as hell. I think the reason why people got uptight is because a lot of his humour was the truth. He didn't write of cater to the 'stars' he wrote his material for the common folk-us.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  597. Chopswell

    I'd have to agree with approximately 98% of the comments on here. This guy was having fun, poking at the TRUTH, which so often is sugar-coated and pretended to not be real. The jokes were all in fun and if those who can't take an honest ribbing–well they shouldn't be in acting. After all, it's an ACT! Lighten up you 2% Losers!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  598. DEE

    Comedian??? Bill Cosby is a comedian..... no comparison. It was rigged and all of you who thought this was brillant are sick.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  599. Colleen

    Don't we have someone on this side of the pond who could fill that role!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  600. Name*J.R.

    I thought he was great. Hollywood is not royilty. No matter how much they say it.I beleave the working person in the trenches is the only reason most celebs have a job.I wish he was rougher on them

    January 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  601. Leslie burzacki

    I think Ricky Gervais was absolutely hilarious! The stars that didn't like him need to get a sense of humor! All the comments he made we've all heard before. So why not talk aloud about them. It's all in good fun. great job!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  602. W. Allen

    Gervais was great! I'd watch a show devoted entirely to him and his comments about Hollywood celebs, people in the news, whomever. Brilliant work. After watching the GGA last night with Gervais, I'd watch it for sure next year if he's there again.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  603. Nicholas Raine

    I thought Ricky was on top form, people need to remember his humor is british, meaning this type of humor isn't going to go down well with all americans, he only went mild to what other british comics can do, get Jimmy Carr or Frankie Boyle and then you would understand what offensive is, people just need to grow up a bit and get a sense of humour.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  604. Correction

    I believe he said "...the characters in The Tourist", not "...the stars of The Tourist" as is reported. BIG difference...

    January 17, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  605. RobinK

    The "roasting" may have been done in fun, and possibly celebrities should be able to take it – but it was not fun for me. The mean spiritedness of the jokes made it unpleasant for me. I would not want to watch him next year. I believe some of his comments were made to ensure he would not be asked back.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  606. TrickyH

    Ricky G is a true comic genius, he lives to keep us all on edge, as we wonder in fear at what he may say next!
    Last night was brilliant, not more because we all know how out of touch from the real world these celebs are.
    He brings them down to earth, think about it, all of his jokes had some truth. The harsh reality isn't what Ricky G joked about, it's the sad truth at what goes on in that bubble (half of which we don't know about).
    Well done Ricky, you're the one person not afraid to tell it how it is, there's not a comic better out there!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  607. Jim N

    Very unlikely i would watch the show next year without him. Great performance.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  608. Tracem

    The joke about travolta was worth it. If it can stop his stupid lawsuits

    January 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  609. Pete

    If you're going to be a celebrity and engage in bad behavior in the public eye, how can you possibly be shocked when someone calls you out on it? Why do we have to pretend that movie stars are some kind of faultless angels just because they're being nominated for an award?

    January 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  610. Poplars

    His in-your-face insulting genre of humor appeals to a narrow audence, requires very little talent, and he's not even very good at it. Golden Globes can, and should do better. He made me turn the channel. If I wanted to listen people hurling insults, , I would turn on C-Span and watch the House or Senate.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  611. Roy

    I have to say, I am shocked at all the negativity here.

    Lighten up, people. You are one of only about 100 other Americans who actually take these staged productions seriously.

    It's high time somebody makes a real mockery of these crappy awards shows. They are all staged drivel. Seriously, the foreign press vote on our Golden Globes? Gag me.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  612. Penzster

    Yeah, it was mean spirited on a night when they all want to be celebrating, we are at home celebrating with them and for them, I would not say some of those things to a worst enemy, let alone on National television.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  613. val

    I never post anything, but I can tell you that I was deeply grieved watching the GG last night. All I kept thinking is, "You can dress America up but you can't take it out." We have lost our class. When you have to make fun of someone to be funny, you're not funny, you're hurtful...Not very inventive or creative. Bring class back to America.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  614. rcrawford

    worst host ever. Changed channel whenever he came on. Miserable night – I know now to never spend money to see a loser like him.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  615. Henry Plantagenet

    Back in the day, a celebrity would get roasted by the Dean Martin gang and get hammered with insults for an entire night, all for him. Anybody who gets hissy about a single arrow in their rear end isn't tough enough for Hollywood.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  616. larry ramsey

    Don't these stars ever watch Letterman or Leno? Nothing said last night that hasn't been said before. Get over yourselves Hollywood!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  617. Tim

    Reading what Gervais said, I wish I would have watched!

    Hollywood is a bunch of spoiled-rotten children. If they can't take a few jokes then maybe they should behave like adults so there's no reason to make fun of them. Gervais is only saying to their face what the rest of the world is saying behind their backs.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  618. ClosetIguana

    Ricky Gervais wasn't informed that celebrities must only be adored, they should never be made fun of.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  619. Grammar

    There is NO apostrophe S at the end of Gervais! Go back to school! Shouldn't "journalists" know proper grammar???

    January 17, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  620. Lisa P.

    These overblown babies need to get a grip and stop being so sensitive. They are not curing cancer – they are "ac-toooors"

    January 17, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  621. Homer Jay

    If these celebrities are going to live a life in the public eye where we all have to watch their ongoing childish antics on a daily basis (Lohan, Jolie, Sheen, Cruise, etc..) then they need to realize that they are indeed in the public eye and vulnerable to scrutiny and comment. There are plenty of stars that choose to fly below the radar and convey themselves with a sense of decorum. Don't give me this mamby-pamby whining. These are people who chose fame and that comes with a cost – their lives are public. If they don't like the camera in their face, they can draw the curtains. Instead, they flaunt their actions, thoughts, and feelings to the world with a sense of arrogance as if we should either follow their examples or leave them alone. If you want top be left alone, go become a shoe-cobbler in Italy ( Day-Lewis) and occasionally wow us with a real piece of art – Otherwise, if you're an insecure and seek the attention of others, positive or negative, then you have to develop a thicker skin. That's show biz...

    January 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  622. Sussay

    I thought Gervais' stuff was hilarious. It goes to show some of these celebs take themselves too seriously.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  623. ASU7880

    I thought it was pretty funny. Granted, some of his humor is tongue-in-cheek but these Hollywood actors/actresses are such sissies and cry-babies! Many of them make MILLIONS of dollars for pretending to be someone else while the rest of us work our behinds off at low paying jobs just to make ends meet. RG speaking the truth about their oddities and how messed up the politics stuff is in Hollywood is cool with me! I like going to movies as much as the next person but these actors REALLY need to stop taking themselves so seriously.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  624. Greg

    I gotta say, who cares if some of the celebrities were offended. They put these awards shows on TV in order to sell advertising to an audience, and how do you keep the audience entertained? By making fun of people who never get made fun of outside of the tabloids. This was the best ever. Mostly because it was happening right in front of our eyes, and their reactions were not a product of training, it was real. RG is the best. He does in fact have to carry his balls around in a wheelbarrow.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  625. Mario

    He wasn't funny at all, he acted like a mean spirited arrogant jerk.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  626. FancyBoy

    I was offended. Plus why does he think scientologist John Travolta is gay?

    January 17, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  627. Mary Hanger

    How ironic for a Brit to use our freedom of speech and Americans are now so timid to say what is on their mind.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  628. FP

    I think that the real question is whether these award shows are relevant anymore. If not, then just stop having them, rather than making a rude joke out of the night.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  629. Chris

    I personally don't think insults are funny and I did not care for his hosting. I hope they get someone with class next year.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  630. MNBearCub

    I thought Ricky was hilarious. Those shows are always so stuffy as well as some of the actors. The actors need to lighten up. Quite frankly the ribbing all comes with the job and if the actors didn't like it when he poked at their personal life, than they should start behaving themselves and get a handle on their substance abuse, their tempers, and just stop doing stupid stuff.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  631. Kevin Quail

    No other reason to watch another Hollywood slobberfest than Gervais. Otherwise it's a night filled with accolades for people pretending to be other people. It's not like they're curing cancer. It's just acting.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  632. jake

    A joke is not funny if done at the expense of other people.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  633. mattress

    Nice to see that half of America has a sense of humour. Unfortunately, the other half doesn't.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  634. Jens

    Ricky Gervais was awesome!!! He only told the truth, so what's the big fuss??

    January 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  635. Bob

    Ricky Gervais made the unwatchable downright compelling. If you're looking for a "safe," flavorless awards show, then watch this year's Oscars, hosted by two actors. Other than the jibe at Cruise/Travolta, I don't actually think anything he said was mean-spirited - and if any of the actors were offended, they should develop a sense of humor about themselves.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  636. JP

    I'm not too surprised that so many people found his comments amusing. After all, this whole country seems to be turning "hugely mean-spirited, with mildly sinister undertones". But that is what our politicians have been working toward, isn't it?

    January 17, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  637. ClosetIguana

    "How dare you make fun of us, we're celebrities!"
    (eyes rolling)

    January 17, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  638. steve

    Gervais left the show for an hour. Not surprisingly, that's the hour that I actually slept through - true story. Ricky's the best. Without him, the show's just celebrities celebrating each other.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  639. Mary Hanger

    How ironic for a Brit to feel comfortable to say truthful and non politically correct comments in America where we

    Americans are now afraid to say in a country that has freedom of speech.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  640. tim s

    the material was fine. if these actors get upset, tell em to get a life. they make their money off of public attention, and thus they open themselves up scrutiny in what they do. not all the lines they recite in movies are welcome by all, so turnabout is fair play.
    how about Emo Phillips as host next year!!??

    January 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  641. AllieG

    I've never been a fan of the attack-joke. Next time, get Russell Peters. He knows how to be controversial, in-your-face, un-PC and yet stil somehow charming & loved by everyone he skewers. Frankly, Gervias has gotten it into his head that talking trash = humor. I expect more from a world-class show.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  642. trp48

    Celebrities already get off easy when they break the law, so why are they complaining when someone makes fun of them for their mistakes?

    January 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  643. BFD

    He was good. A persons belief in God???......who are you trying to get to believe?

    January 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  644. meme777

    Gervais is the kind that tells the truth, and I appreciate that. But, tell in a way that isn't considered beating one down in front of a crowd. It would have been better if he had just said to their face. He's a little too ego centric, uses his wit to gain attention in a bad way, and just creates people to dislike him more. come on gervais, lighten up a bit from the sarcasm.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  645. Cythara

    Gervais is a brilliant comedian and writer, unlike a lot of Hollywood types.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  646. Ketaki Karpe

    Ricky was funny. He was direct and might I remind you – he is a comedian after all!
    Bad Taste was Robert De Niro poking fun at the waiters for being "immigrants". How did you everyone miss that? Oh cos De Niro is not British – understood.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  647. Maxi Pad

    Ricky was brilliant! definitely made it an awards show worth watching-for a change. who wants to see a kiss a** host? that would be boring. he was funny and truthful. as someone mentioned earlier, the truth hurts. these "celebs" need to take their craft less seriously. they are not saving lives! And the Golden Globes are not prestigious if studios can bribe the Hollywood Foreign Press for votes! The whole thing is a farce so why not poke some fun. Bring Ricky back for a third time! I'm sure the Oscars are going to be a snooze fest -safe, vanilla, zzzzzzz.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  648. sgriffin

    If Gervais is the host next year, I for one, will not be watching another Gold Globes. The host was rude and obnoxious, and altogether very insensitive. His type of humor may be funny to some but not to me. Don Rickles is a comedian who knows how to get a laugh without being mean-spirited. I am no longer a Gervais fan. I think he is rubbish.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  649. Garbs

    Reading these comments makes me sorry I missed the show! I'm a huge fan of RG and I'm sure his comments were "spot on"! Our society has become waaaaay too politically correct......and these actors, who make more than a substantial living off the public's need for escape, should welcome the opportunity to hear comments that most of their adoring fan base are thinking and probably talking about over coffee, tea or whatever is the chosen vice at the time!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  650. Mike

    Loved Ricky! Anytime someone has the guts to call out irresponsible celebs, other jerks and awful movie nominations gets a thumbs-up from me.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  651. Hank Moody

    They should get Benny Hill – He kept his mouth shut

    January 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  652. Good

    Ricky was great last night...it was the first time I could actually sit thru more than 5 minutes of any awards show. Ricky tore some of them celebs apart and it was great. If only we could see Louis C.K. host an awards show now...

    January 17, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  653. NoRoyalty InAmerica

    I love it when the self imposed american royalty gets their undies in a wad. They never back down from telling me my politics are wrong, what country I should send money to and what belief system I should accept. We pay you to perform so dance until we say stop and just keep smiling.... Ricky C for President of the Screen Actors Guild!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  654. JCA

    Well, RG was in keeping with the tenor of society these days- totally mean and definitely cruel! It is particularly upsetting that so many people found it so funny and entertaining. I guess that proves my point about the tenor of society today!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  655. Billy

    Ricky is not funny. He's lame. He's painful to watch. The only reason he was asked back was to get a buzz going after the show. So, here we are.... Are we having fun yet? No.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  656. Gmama

    I don't know what the big deal is. He was straight-forward about his appraoch to hosting. You think producers of the show just let him say whatever he wants? I am positive he had to show his material for approval before the show. They didn't anticipate the reaction of self-righteous celebrities. Seriously, can people not take a joke anymore? He was not saying anything more than what has been out in the press. We all knowThe Tourist didn't do well, thet Robert Downey has struggled with substance abuse, that Steve Carell is leaving his meal ticket...duh. I seriously think Gervais was set up to stun and left out to dry by the producers of the Golden Globes...making him the fall guy. Dumb. Those celebrities should thank hime for giving them press to help them sustain their million-dollar homes and free designer clothes.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  657. JohnRJ08

    Ricky Gervais' biggest sin of the evening wasn't any of his mean-spirited, insulting remarks about other people. It was that he wasn't funny. Getting gasps out of the audience doesn't qualify as humor. Maybe Gervais doesn't think it was his role to bring some comedy to the event. Maybe he thinks it was his job to 'make it real' and deflate the gigantic egos in the room. On the other hand, maybe he thinks that having a more svelte body and a meticulously trimmed leading man beard elevated him above his audience and those who had invited him to host the program. My wife and I aren't prudes and we have an open-minded sense of humor. Neither of us laughed much at Gervais' behavior. We actually felt sympathy for the people who had to walk onto the stage after his mortifying intros.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      On the contrary, you are prudes and your comments bore me....and you obviously take Hollywood WAY too seriously just as this industry takes themselves.

      January 17, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnRJ08

      Will –– It is fairly obvious that someone with your sensibilities would have loved what Gervais did last night. You glibly attack people you don't know. Could it be that you take Ricky Gervais too seriously?

      January 17, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  658. Rick

    I think Gervais was great. People need to learn how to take a joke and know that its just for laughs, nothing serious. The host plays a big part in the show, and Ricky had us anxious to see him on stage waiting for his next joke!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  659. Tracy

    Celebs are so used to people kissing their asses so they might think he was a bit ough on them. I love RG as host & wouldn't watch otherwise. I don't think I saw 1/8 of the shows/movies mentioned but enjoyed every minute of the GG while RG was on stage.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  660. Logan

    If Ricky Gervais hadn't been hosting, I wouldn't have been watching this awards show.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  661. Will

    GERVAIS WAS GENIOUS! It's about time someone put these self-absorbed egomaniacs in their place. After all, think about it...here you have these rediculous televised award shows commending those doing the easiest/highest paid job on earth, just behind professional sports. "Whaaa, whaaa, Gervais was a meany!!!" Sure...go snort another line, make another 2.3 million just for breathing, and adopt a Sudanese kid with your press agent in tow while tens of thousands of American kids go without parents this very second. Only in America.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  662. Radha

    Gervais was a complete jerk. I hate mean-spirited remarks, but especially to someone's face, on a very special occasion, when they are being honored, in front of millions of viewers. He's such a loser! Amazed he wasn't booed and blasted more, but I guess the guests refused to sink to his level. Thankful they had alcohol on their tables to help them suffer through – and thank God someone had the good sense to take him out of the show for an hour.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  663. Tara

    The only reason to watch the show - RICKY!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  664. Gevaisfan

    You mean to say the poor , insecure, overpaid, under-paid, luxury-less, bragging, boasting, arrogant, rude, billion dollars paycheck divas don't like their witty bitty feelings hurt? Well too bad, suck in your bloated lips, stretched faces, and plastic smiles. Welcome to the real world. And Downey, you WERE in Betty Ford and JAIL, for something YOU did to yourself. If you can't take the truth , don't participate in the crime. This goes for many so called " actors". Your 15 minutes of fame is upon you. Enjoy the ride, we, as the viewing public, are sick your you bombastic whining about supercilious lives. Gervais pegged you all right on your rhinoplasty noses.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  665. Debbie

    I certainly don't condone bullying, but neither is it fun hearing hours and hours of insincere fawning compliments. If they don't want a comedian hosting the show, they could get Charlie Gibson or Diane Sawyer – but nobody would watch. This was worth every minute just to see what would be next.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  666. Jan

    The best awards show! Love RG and hope he is back next year; but, if you are going to criticize anyone for questionable speeches.......what about Robert DeNiro? His attempt at humor was pathetic.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  667. Jo

    steveo, that was an absolutely brilliant tribute! However I must disagree on travolta. I think he just missed the boat with Scientology. As for Downey, I love him, but don't do the crime if you don't want to whine.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  668. John

    If i was a celeb, I'd dare him to come up to my face and say a joke....this isnt england mate!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  669. Mephistopheles

    He's funny sometimes, but I can't stand the way he always has to remind you that he's an atheist. His final line of the night: "I want to thank God for making me an atheist." Ironic for an awards show, I get it. But he always brings it up! He's like the creepy Kirk Cameron of atheists. If he was this jokey about Islam, we wouldn't have to put up him anymore. ~~

    January 17, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  670. Alex

    I thought he was great.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  671. msmilder

    My favorite was his send-off. "I want to thank God for making me an athiest." Classic!!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  672. joanie

    Ricky's the only reason we watch the Golden Globes. Hilarious! About time these celeb show their sense of humor. Can you imagine how booooooooooring this would be without him?

    January 17, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  673. Curtis

    He is not funny. Maybe that kind of crap is funny in England, but it's not in America.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  674. They'reTooSensitive

    Gervais was good... The Golden Globes should be a roast. They eat, drink, and get ribbed.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  675. Heather

    Ok the stars might need to lighten up, but can Gervais take what he dishes out? Would he like his past mistakes thrown up in to his face? Would YOU? Tell ya what I wouldn't like it. Just try to think how YOU or a family member would feel if some 'comedian' on stage started razzing them the way Gervais razzed these guys.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  676. Jan from MN

    Ricky Gervais = Awards Show Host GOLD!!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  677. Juliette

    He was definitely funny! The show would have been very boing without his wit.
    I admire his courage! I hope they invite him again. Only him can get away with it.
    He reminds me a bit of what Adam Lambert did at the AMA.
    Some people has got it and some does not.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  678. Gmama

    I don't know what the big deal is. He was straight forward abot his appraoch to hosting. Don't you think producers of the show just let him say whatever he wants? I am positive he had to show his material for approval before the show. they didn't anticipate the reaction of self-righteous celebrities. Seriously, can people not take a joke anymore? He was not saying anything more than what has been out in the press. We all knowThe Tourist didn't do well, thet Robert Downey has struggled with substance abuse, that Steve Carell is leaving his meal ticket...duh. I seriously think Gervais was set up to stun and left out to dry by the producers of the Golden Globes...making him the fall guy. Dumb.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  679. jps

    It was funny. But if I were gay, I'd be highly offended at being associated with the likes of Tom Cruise and John Travolta.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  680. The Queen

    Sir you are a credit to your briwn stained under pants Most excellent and back curling in the same moments. You are knighted.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  681. Chuckjones

    Sorry, I didn't find him funny. If you want funny AND biting, Joan Rivers would have them howling. He also took a swipe against people of faith at the end – thanking God for making him an atheist. Low class.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rambunctious Ed

      Ummm....... aren't "people of faith" similarly taking a swipe at atheists every time they assault our ears with their dreary medieval rhetoric about their invisible superman?
      Fish-Monkey-Man.
      Deal with it.

      January 17, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  682. Dan

    I loved him, I hope he hosts more awards shows in the future!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  683. Mike Boseman

    Ricky Gervaise is the only reason to watch the Globes. To any who were offended: If you can't laugh at yourself, you have no right to laugh at any one else.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  684. David

    the ONLY reason me and my friends even turned on the Golden Globes was to see what RG would say next. To be honest, look at the Oscars hosts this year(Anne Hathaway and James Franco). There is NO WAY im watching that crap for three hours. Ricky keeps everyone on their toes and keeps the audiences attention because we want to see what he'll do next. If you dont want to listen to the guy, hit the mute button when he's on then.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  685. Hawk

    Have not enjoyed an award show this much in years !

    January 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  686. JeffMc

    RG is hilarious. But c'mon "Funny or Die" – "carry his balls around in a wheelbarrow" – steal a Bill Hick's line lately??

    January 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  687. Lisa M

    I thought that Ricky G was absolutely fabulous - I could not stop laughing. His commentary was biting and provided a good balance to the group 'love-fest' that make these types of shows so tedious. He created an atmosphere that didn't detract from the glam but made it more human and enjoyable to watch. First time in years that I watched more than the first 2 awards.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  688. KC1ME

    Everything he said was the truth, which made it funny.

    I hope this can turn into an era of being brutally honest even when it hurts.

    We need to leave the age of political correctness. The 2000’s served as a time to soften the truth so no ones feelings got hurt. This only masks the truth and misleads the point of meaningful communication.

    Our politicians choose to call each other names, and our media tries to kill free speech in the wake of the Tucson shootings.

    It’s time for us all to be brutally honest and have honest conversations about where the country is headed and where we need to go.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  689. TheChief

    Some of these comments are right-on: I didn’t watch last night because the show is usually boring and some of the nominee’s don’t even belong there. I’m sorry I missed RG but will be sure to watch next year, hoping he will MC the show. As for the actors feeling upset, well, too bad. WE make you the celebrities so deal with it. It’s OK for comedians to poke at the President of the United States, and not these people? Come on, grow up. I bet they wouldn’t like to hear what’s said about them after people see their pictures.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  690. George Schneider

    I certainly will NOT watch any show he is on again. His jokes were totally out of line. Greats like the late Jonney Carson and Jay Leno,make or maded mild satire but in good taste. He should be banned from future hosting or any American TV show.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  691. allen

    I watched...I thought it was funny. Hollywood...who do they think they are? British Royalty? LIGHTEN UP...As if they have NEVER said anything bad or funny about anyone ever.

    However, I will say that the show came off more as a celebrity roast rather than an awards show.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  692. Annette

    I thought he was disgraceful. There’s no need to rub everyone’s faces in their shortcomings.That’s not humor, it’s insult. It was not appreciated by the live audience either

    January 17, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  693. Felicia

    The comment or "joke" I found to be incredibly insulting and very unkind was his reference to Robert Downey Jr. Battling addiction and moving on in your life is nothing to poke fun at. That was bad form.... Same goes for the charlie sheen comments.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  694. LoveRicky

    Fabulous show – RG was brilliant – they should sign him to a ten year contract to host the globes!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  695. dee

    This is why Hollywood is going down the toliet. When do these people have to start answering for the snide crass politically incorrect crap that they hold all of us hostage with???? I personally feel the awards were rigged to bump up the agenda and we all know what that is..... Films like "Black Swan, The Kings Speech and The Fighter" all for some women's family that we have revisted and revisted..... enough already we get it you like each other no need to smear it up our nose like a little puppy who wet the floor so you can feel better about yourselves. It is all about getting in character isn't it ???? Who-ray for Natalie Portman who gets in character and doesn't smear her agenda in our faces!!! Booo NBC!!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  696. John

    I love Ricky, but he was way off and not that funny; his jokes were mostly bad and all were easy and obvious (Mel Gibson as anti-semite, Robert Downey, Jr. as imprisoned drug addict, SATC cast as getting old, Hef as very old, his "feud" with Steve Carrel over who's THE OFFICE is best, etc.). We've heard all this over and and again. And to all of you who think he didn't get too cruel, imagine him directing any of these slams at YOU. There's teasing, then there's just being mean (and not funny).

    January 17, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  697. Shari

    I thought he was rude and obnoxious. Poor Eva Longoria, what a way to be brought on stage. He should have been kicked to the curb in the first 5 minutes.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  698. A Patriot

    Is hollywood now outsourcing hosts for an American awards show?

    January 17, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  699. Hans Gruber

    Lets face it, Actors and performers are men and women who never grew up. They get kudos and obscene amount of money for the "talent " of pretending to be other people. Few, actually care about the "little people"- and most have charities and causes to compete with each other rather than because they care. What kind of person buys a watch for $50K when that money can feed 50 starving families for a year in Bolivia. Most are the kind of people ( drug users and libertines) that if they were not on the big screen would be dancing in a strip bar or hustling stolen credit cards. So for Gervais to stop the sycophantic ass kissing and deliver a few jabs and punch lines to people that never here the word NO is just too right.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  700. Ricky's plastic surgeon

    Wow. He just made Tim Allen, Downey, Mel, Depp, Jolina household names again and set a nuclear bomb off in the Scientology church and Sheen's underpants. Tim Allen – who's he? Oh yeah!!! That very very VERY clever man from Toy Story... You know the one with Tom Hanks. I haven't seen the movie yet but it's meant to be great. Oh it's a cartoon? 3d? Really? I never knew that. Maybe if Tim Allen wore a helmet about Tinsel Town he might get recognised. But he shouldn't have to do that... Should he? Throat gripping television.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  701. Nina

    I love a good joke but could the Golden Globe find someone a bitt more classy (like John Stewart or any cast member of SNL)? This guy was just mean spirited and not really funny. He seemed to be jealous of the people he was making fun of. Not very smart

    January 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  702. blueskies

    It would have been funnier if if the winners were able to roast him back when they took the mike, meaning have a little banter going on. I didn't think it was fair ground with just Gervass doing the ribbing. I personally don't think making fun of someone's addictions esp someone who got help is funny. I am proud of Robt Downey Jr for his comeback. I rather see Ellen, or Whoopi up there, or Billy Chrystal or Robin Williams...what's a matter they don't pay the MC's anymore that they have to get a foreigner? Off with Gervass, no more I say!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  703. bigun80

    The quote above is wrong. Gervais didn't say "the stars" weren't three dimensional, he said "the characters" weren't. It's more a dig at the bad script, not Jolie and Depp .... who couldn't have cared less as they both made their millions from one of the 4 or 5 films they do every year. They probably have already forgotten they even were in The Tourist!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  704. Jenna

    I'm honestly a little torn on whether or not he was appropriate or not. On one hand, I laughed a lot at his jokes, and I think that most Hollywood stars are so full of themselves with their overblown egos that they could use a bit of real ribbing. On the other hand, he did sometimes cross over into cruelty. I do think it was in poor taste what he said about Robert Downey Jr., especially since he is one of the few who have actually worked incredibly hard to turn his life around.
    There was another article that also made a good point (though now I can't remember where I read it). It said that the reason everyone gets a kick out of comedians ribbing someone like Jack Nicholson at awards shows, is because Nicholson himself plays along. Hardly anyone seemed to be playing along last night, and that's what made it so uncomfortable.
    As for the atheist comment, I'm a devout Christian, and it didn't offend me. I knew RG is an atheist and...so what? I thought it was a strange way to end the show, and it fell flat, but I also know my God is mightier than a silly comedian's barbs. So, no, I did not think that was offensive.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  705. joni

    I thought Ricky Gervais was dumb and rude. He is NOT funny at all. What a jerk.... why did the Golden Globes have him on there again this year????
    Ugh, what a long and boring show. Did not like it at all.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  706. K

    Ricky is a naughty boy and everyone knows it. If you don't want him to misbehave, don't invite him.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  707. R

    Frankly, I was more disgusted by the guy from Easy A insinuating that Emma Stone slept with her brother. Now THAT made me wince.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  708. cass

    He is bad ass! The Tourist did indeed suck, and the rest were asking for it! We need more honest people in Hollywood, a town full of fakes! He is a comic genious! :)

    January 17, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  709. LeftysSuck

    He was hilarious! One of the few aspects that made the show worth watching (the dresses being the other). What was otherwise an event consisting of rich, spoiled celebs patting other rich, spoiled celebs on the back; it is a welcome break to have someone knock them off of their egotistical high-horses for once. More of these awards shows need to be like this....

    January 17, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  710. J

    I didn't see the show but after reading this article I wish I did!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  711. Lance

    He was hilarious from start to finish. I work in Tinseltown, and for the stars who couldn't appreciate that there is a "roast" element to the way the host is going to poke fun at you - move to Bollywood. Since the majority of stars CAN laugh at themselves, and/or how they are (rightly or wrongly) portrayed in the media, and Ricky Gervais made the other 3 people in the room watching the show with me laugh just like I was - I think he was doing his job perfectly.

    Frankly, I'm amazed that the flyover, Palin-can-do-no-wrong states didn't have a big freak-out, seance and potluck over him closing the show with "Thank God....I'm an atheist"!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  712. d diddy

    These over-indulged self-important stars should swallow more than a taste of humble pie; if they can't laugh at themselves, they just dissolve into forgettable ego-maniacs ... people need to lighten up and laugh. Depp hadn't seen the movie, was he really surprised it was crap? Good on you, RG

    January 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  713. wcb2009

    what's a Golden Globe award? Is it something important?

    January 17, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  714. william

    These "stars" do need to be reminded that they are grossly overpaid and full of themselves. I thought Gervais was great! The only comment that I thought was a little mean spirited was the one about Robert Downey. Bring him back next year as host!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  715. D A

    Thought it was great. Do Hollywood stars really need another night of people telling them how great they are? No.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  716. dave

    someboby call a waaaambulance!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  717. David

    Personally I thought Robert Deniro was surprisingly funny. RG did not offend me but didn't really make me laugh either.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  718. YBP

    I am absolutely certain that the celebrities that were most miffed last night were the ones that somehow managed to stay off Ricky's radar. Any attention is good attention in the biz.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  719. Jim - New York

    Seemed to be rather gentle blather when compared to official news journalists talking about republicans.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  720. Sandra

    He was what these people needed. A wake up call to their real selves. Kudos for having the guts to say it like it is.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  721. stefanie

    If the celebs can't take a joke then they r in the wrong career

    January 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  722. Jo

    I only watched FOR Ricky Gervais, and he did not disappoint! It takes balls to stand up to a rich, arrogant crowd like that and ruin their circle jerk lol

    January 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  723. LIGHTEN UP

    Ok seriously yeah i can see how some of you guys may think some of these jokes were mean-spirited, but honestly if I was a celebrity i wouldn't like it but it would be because it's me. I know some of you guys are saying that people need to lighten up but thats because you guys arent the ones being slandered. But despite all this celebs still should lighten up because they have to realize that SOMEBODY EVENTUALLY WILL make a few wise cracks. Everybody was thinking what Ricky Gervais said but nobody wanted to say it. All in All, I have to say awesome hosting and celebs really should get used to the jokes.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  724. Kathleen

    Let me start by saying that I love Mr. Gervais. However, I felt that a lot of his jokes were mean spirited and cringe inducing. If he were doing a roast of any of the people who were the targets of his "jokes" that would be one thing. But this wasn't that kind of event, and in my humble opinion, it was just declasse. There were jokes to be made that weren't cruel and it's a shame Mr. Gervais didn't take advantage of them.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  725. Whatever

    I watched bits of it here and there, but if Ricky Gervais had not been host, I would not have viewed a single moment of the otherwise stupid thing. These Hollywood elite want all of the adulation and none of the ribbing, but what do you expect from a town full of narcissists? The thing about Gervais's brand of comedy is that NOTHING is off limits. Similar to Seth McFarlane, his humor forces you to look at yourself and question why you are disturbed or uncomfortable.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whatever

      And in the end, all NBC cares about is how many people watched the thing, and if RG brings in the viewers, then life is good.

      January 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  726. lance corporal

    ever worked a construction crew? been in the military? a sports team? hung out on a street corner? or any number of other vocations and pastimes where busting balls is expected and enjoyed? ever done something really stoooopid and NOT have your friends and coworkers tease you about it?? thank you ricky for reminding people who are simply actors that they are not that precious, it is just a job and it doesn't take that much talent to do, a good carpenter is worth a lot more and no one has a yearly awards show to celebrate who did the best moulding work each year

    January 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  727. YBP

    One must have a thick skin if one wants to make it in the biz. Three cheers for Ricky. Huzzah, huzzah, huzzah!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  728. Kip

    Humor is based in pain. Get over it or get a sense of it! "Life is pain anybody telling you otherwise is selling something" quoted from Princess Bride

    January 17, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  729. hope120

    This was the last Golden Globe I watch if they have the same host !!!
    In fact I wont watch anything with RG in it again !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  730. l dean

    I agree with the Hollywood Reporter, "the awards are for the people in the business, but the show itself is for the viewers at home. There’s only so much sycophantic back-slapping anyone can take without a little needling to burst the ego bubble."
    I LOVE RICKY GERVEIS! He is a major hoot and always makes me lol. The stars like Robert Downey Jr, known for drama – not comedy, tried to sarcastically defend himself by calling the tone "mean-spirited and sinister," welp... he just embarrassed himself. If you can't laugh at yourself, you're too full of yourself. Nothing Gerveis said was untrue – if anything – stars should thank him by negating the sins of their past with humor. He's really doing them a favor.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  731. promano

    I don't mind funny, but when jokes become unkind, I think it has been carried too far.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  732. FLORA

    I think he is terrific and agree he should be asked back next year..we all need to laugh and he is a master at initiating an OUT LOUD LAUGH..

    BRAVO RICKY!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  733. JRC

    Other than the Robert Downey Jr. joke, which was just old, he wasn't as mean as politicians are these days. Celebrities will never be THAT self-important. For those PC idiots who think this is new, you never listened to Don Rickles or George Carlin. Good for you Ricky Gervais.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  734. Col

    Mean and inappropriate. No honor; no dignity. But that seems to be what passes for entertainment all too often these days. Why are people made to run a gantlet of slings and arrows to accept a token of appreciation for work that is richly deserved? How would you like it if, at the end of 30 years of loyalty, dedication and hard work, people got up and slung mud at you before they gave you your gold watch at your retirement dinner? And did it in front of a national audience? How would you feel?

    January 17, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  735. j-son

    A) Like the Academy Awards, and all awards shows for that matter, the Golden Globes are a joke and typically voted on by completely irrelevant members.

    B) Of course he's going to ruffle a few feathers. He's speaking to a room full of people whose main assets are vanity and ego.

    C) I thought it was really awkward at times, but that was kind of the best part. Seeing these folks, who are used to being worshiped and pandered to 24/7, skewered verbally is pretty entertaining in itself.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  736. shawn

    I think that he was funny, and that any stars who were offended need to lighten up. They may want to forget about their indiscretions, but the public remembers. The best way to stop people from talking about a scandal is to poke fun about it, they should be thanking him. Not to mention it will be forgotten about by Wednesday.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  737. marieskie

    That is British Humor. This is Ricky Gervais' style, and he shouldnt be expected to change it just to suit a few people in the crowd. People should have known what they were getting into asking him to host it. I thought he was funny. if you thought he was bad at the Golden Globes, you should see his other stand up comedies. He doesnt change and he shoulnt be berated for being himself.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  738. Steve

    Good for Gervais! We all need to lighten up a little. He was not mean, just funny. I hope they bring him back.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  739. sternthal

    Absolutely brilliant!!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  740. Sarah

    This was the first time I watched the Globes all the way through, and it was due to his hosting. It was great to see the ribbing of people who take themselves way too seriously.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  741. unilab98

    I thought he was HILARIOUS!!! I cracked up so many times during the night. It was even better when presenters gave it back to him. That's what an awards show should be like.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  742. Peter

    This discussion ought to recognize two variations (choices) of humor at play here:
    – Robin Williams style: gives you a hearty laugh even when poking fun at famous people – no lasting scars intended nor inflicted – most people have a good time. The delivery is charming, funny and easily forgotten.
    – Ricky Gervais style : delivers stinging cynicism that aims to hurt and leaves people deeply scarred and aghast – not much to laugh about here. The delivery is chocking, in-your-face and elicits an angry response.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  743. Viewer

    A little jabbing goes a long way in that setting. Given a different venue Ricky would have been funnier.
    On both sides- Eh, be a little more artistic with just a touch of class, Ricky.
    Nominees/presenters- show your style by handling it and dishing it back playfully.
    Then we can all chuckle and feel good.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  744. Chris M

    People need to loosen up. Gervais made the show. All he did was take the fodder that people were thinking in their heads and say it. The celebs hear and see alot worse in tabloids. The Globes has always been about "off humor" where celebs were drinking and loose. The only people I have seen complain are the entertainment writers.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  745. LGB

    I thought it was a bit much, unnecessary...

    January 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  746. jonie

    He was the only reason why I even tuned in and kept watching. I can't believe celebrities would have a problem with him taking jabs. Don't worry Angie, you'll have the rest of the week to spend on your private yacht somewhere nice to relieve yourself of the fun he poked while we work our 10 hr jobs every weekday to make a living. seriously ppl, come on!!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  747. Chad

    These are entertainers, not gods. We know they're human–even if some would want us to believe otherwise. Relax and laugh.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  748. KateKate

    I can't believe anyone is upset by this. The only reason it's even as issue is because actors are so used to getting worshiped regardless of the quality of their work, their personal life, etc. that they get confused when they are subjected to any criticism at all.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  749. mary

    Extremely funny! I enjoyed the small clip and couldn't stop laughing. Does he have a show on TV or anywhere? Can someone tell me? I think I would enjoy iit, plus I need some laughter in my life. By the way, what is the huff and puff, some for the highlights in the joke are true so why are the people in Hollywood acting so pretentious.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  750. Lazz

    Harsh indeed and he seemed he had to many shots of...MOET? The ceremony lacked class and style and at moments it felt more like a Roast. If Gervais is on it again I aint sure not watching it. Rather watch the Comedy Channel. Completley out of place.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  751. MDN

    Seriously? We’re being sensitive to actors now? Charlie Sheen is found naked & drunk in a hotel room & we’re not allowed to laugh about it? Gervais told the same jokes you people tell at your dinner parties…get over yourselves, you’re not a wholesome as you appear to be…

    January 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  752. BlameBush

    Ya know, I don't think I've ever heard of Ricky Gervais....

    He looks like a genetic cross between Bud Bundy and Al Pacino, one that went horribly awry...

    January 17, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  753. dave

    Ricky WHO his stuff was just flat NOT FUNNY . Is trashing people all he does .
    Truely it was not even clever . A sad job from a sad littel man, im a bit surprised he dident make a jab at
    Laura Linney for missing the globes and her fathers death, it goes right in line with everything else in his act.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  754. Chrysalis

    His behavior is beneath disgusting, and not funny at all.. what a lowlife. Pushing the envelope and enlivening is one thing, but hateful and hurtful not necessary. Closing remark sums up poor souls emptiness. Wake up.. your lost, man.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  755. He's aJerk

    I think this man was completely disrespectful and insensitive when he made his very last closing comment that went something like Thank God I'm An Atheist, or some such garbage. That was totally uncalled for, inappropriate, and not appreciated. Clearly he stepped across the line of tactfulness and respect with that comment and should be admonished for it.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  756. Mother Barracuda

    Celebrities take themselves way too seriously. What other occupation televises award ceremonies to itself? You don't see trash collectors and busboys strutting, preening and saying, "Look how special I am!" and they are way more necessary to our well-being than entertainers. I say good on Ricky Gervais!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  757. Donna

    He was good at hosting The Globes, he was soooo funny. Nothing wrong poking fun at Hollyweird stars! lol

    January 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  758. Jenny

    I thought Gervais was hilarious! The so-called Hollywood superstars need to get thicker skin and lighten up, he's a comedian. He brought them off their self made pedastals and made them human...if you can't take a joke then get out of the public eye.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  759. Lisa

    Ricky Rocks!! Those insecure souls need to buck up. Laugh at yourselves – its fun!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  760. sam

    One of the funniest award shows I have seen in a long time. Although sometimes uncomfortable he didn't really say anything that people weren't thinking or didn't already know.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  761. BlameBush

    Why try to turn an awards show (one of too many) into a roast?

    Why try to outshine the stars?

    A bad show all the way around, from inception to execution.

    Enough! with the award shows.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  762. FG

    Absolutely hilarious. He (Gervais) should host every single of these shows and awards. As many have already suggested, these guys should lighten up and stop taking themselves too seriously. They are in the entertainment business, raking it in and should have the belly to take a few jokes aimed at them.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  763. Andrew

    Anyone notice the negative response to Gervais was from reporters and not the actors themselves. Once again reporters attempting to put themselves at the level of their subjects to inject themselves into the story. If the actors were ok with it, why complain? Who cares what a reporter thinks? Just report the story..

    January 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  764. Big Dave

    Pat on the Back-->Slap in the Face.. Whoa Ricky...down boy these guys are good!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  765. Alisha

    Loved it. Ricky was the highlight. Much better than last year.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  766. Mark

    Loved it, he was the only reason I watched an otherwise boring show

    January 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  767. Tim Robbinson

    The reality that there is a sitting Democrat in the WH and the fact that the Tucson tragedy was freshly imprinted in our collective minds drove me to give the show another shot. During the prior Administration this and the other H-wood awards shows dove to nothing more than glib actors making fun of things and ppl they knew nothing about – namely Christianity and Republicans. But since Tim Robbins, his former girlfriend, Laura Linney, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Martin Sheen, Matt Damon and the others who seem to think that fans care about their under-researched political opinions chose not to attend, it was tolerable – Alec Baldwin's always going to be, well, Alec Baldwin and he can't tamp down his idiocy if there's a mic in his face. But overall, it was tame. Gervais did what they hired him to do...shock.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  768. Loog

    Bring him back! I'm completely over the whole 'PC/offend no one' society we're in now. People need to be offended. God needs to be questioned...harshly. Kids need to LOSE at sports. If you can't handle watching something like last nights show, you're far, FAR too far up your own back end

    January 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  769. Bourbs

    The only reason I watched was for Ricky Gervais and he didn't disappoint. The man kills me, the takes no prisoners and he doesn't apologize for it.
    People need to get over themselves!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  770. Debb

    I thought he was funny... more Comedy Central Roast funny than Hollywood Award Show funny... but I had a few laughs and a number of "guffaws".

    I would have loved Tom Hanks and Tim Allan do a Buzz and Woody routine as co-hosts... they have fabulous comedy chemistry.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  771. L Ray

    Gervais is brilliant. Can't get enough of him.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  772. Del

    I believe he did step over the line with certain comments like Sheen's and Downey, Jr... Additionally, he also attacked international actors like Javier Bardem, I guess not being sensitive to the fact that he (himself) is also a foreigner... I personally did not find him funny, mainly because of his heavy Brit accent... Let's hope the HFPA chooses a better host for next year's awards.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  773. Bob in Pa

    It wouldn't have hurt so much if it weren't actually so accurate.
    Thumbs Up !

    January 17, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  774. annmartina

    These people make a lot of money to play "make believe" for a living and spend the first 3 months of every year patting themselves on the back for it. They need to get over themselves.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  775. Mike

    He was funny, that's why they keep having him back :)

    January 17, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  776. ricky gervais's dog

    I had to stop eating from my bowl when I saw this. Heck I lapped this up. Not seen or heard anything so precise, funny, well delivered and cathartic to the showbiz set for a long long time, since maybe I was last run over. Heck I just pawed over every millionth YouTube hit I could find of this rabid Ricky gnawing and gnashing his way though what might have been another very, very yawing celebrity show. Wish I had been a celebrity dog there panting with my tongue out too. So it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks after all. Mr Berk should be proud of my master. Very proud indeed.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  777. ed

    All the ads for the awards show focused on not knowing what people would say because its live – they knew what to expect. Gervais is genius and the only reason to watch – the rest is more scripted junk of people give themselves awards.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  778. Marsha

    Hollywood being rude? What else is new! Christians beings bashed by by so called stars? Again, nothing new! That's why I gave up award shows along time ago. I have better things to do with my time than watch a bunch of people with over-inflated egos strut around vying for some recognition from their peers.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  779. jenn

    Ricky didn't say anything last night that we haven't already speculated or commented on he just had the balls to say it to their face.

    January 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  780. Rocky

    This is the first awards show that I've ever watched where the host was actually funny! Usually, they take a genuinely funny comedian, have him read some terrible lines off a teleprompter, and none of it is ever natural and/or funny. This was the opposite. Award shows should take a cue from last nights event: that's how it's done!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  781. Rewatch

    I can't believe I missed it! I found out the Bravo channel will replay it tomorrow night at 6pm ET. Yay!

    January 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  782. Megan

    Getting laughs at the expense of someone is not funny. Yes, some of what he said was funny. But many of the comments were sensitive subjects and uncalled for. We all have egos, celebrities or not. I think he pushed the line to get attention for himself. What he did was not classy at all, not for an awards ceremony on television.

    January 17, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  783. Amy

    Seriously, people who think that Robert Downey Jr.'s feelings were hurt about the Betty Ford jokes (also the same people who didn't find Gervais funny) have no sense of wit or understand comedic sarcasm at all. RDJ made fun of HIMSELF on the Red Carpet. He made a joke that Gywneth Paltrow called him to get advice on how to be a drunk. His comment about the show being mean-spirited was also funny – he didn't mean it as an underhanded remark to Gervais. He made that comment in the same spirit that Gervais delivered all of his material. To get a laugh. Ricky Gervais is hilarious. The HPFA knew what they were getting when they asked him to host. I don't think that they were surprised at all. And ultimately the networks want to get ratings. This is how you get them. Not by listening to celebrities who are too proud and too serious kissing the butts of everyone in Hollywood. I missed the hour without Gervais. It made the slow dull and boring. At least Matt Damon and Deniro added some humor.

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  784. Enda

    I thought Gervais was bloody brilliant and loved every second of it! Keep it up, Ricky!

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  785. Tyler Durden The Narrator

    I thought he was great

    Honestly how many award shows do these insecure self-aggrandizing hollywood actors need?

    I can sum up the golden globes for you right here:
    Actor1: oh actor 2 you are just so awesome
    Actor2: oh actor 1 you are just so awesome AND you dress well!
    Actor1: I try! You dress well also!

    Ricky Gervais was the only thing worth watching, keep it up R.G.!

    January 17, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  786. Lindsay

    He is hilarious for the most part, but that God comment at the very end of the show, was just completely unnecessary. Seriously?

    January 17, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  787. GrimWolf

    Bravo! People need to UNDERSTAND HUMILITY. Maybe particularly Ricky, but he's English! Culture, people!

    January 17, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  788. J-Real

    Absolutely fantastic job by Ricky G, anybody who has wactched him act in the office or extras would know his style and sense of humour. Even last year when he said "i enjoy a drink as much as the next man... unless that next man is mel gibson!". Charlie sheen deserves to cop it, some of his antics have been disgraceful and it's incredible how much he is paid for each episode of that terrible show two and a half men. To all the conservative prunes who said it was mean spirited and in poor taste.... just remember you're in the massive minority and saying crap like they won't watch it next year, well the over whelming majority of us will be! and to suggest get a better american host? who jimmy kimmle, don't make me laugh. Ricky Gervais is the winner by making so many people talk about him today rather than all the to cool, self indulgent a listers. and if you're a american and can have a laugh at it, well done. People who say he is a nobody, the best thing is he'd laugh at that and couldn't care less. Last i checked they don't get foreign nobodies to host all american butt kissing events!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  789. dennis

    it is just a joke, somehow..but then it a statement.. a strong one..letting the crowd gasp for air..tension really arises every time ricky comes out..

    January 17, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  790. Travis

    If you get in a room full of pretentious millionaires, does anyone actually think there will be a lot of laughing at each other? Please. Just read through a few of their requirements when they travel and you will see these people are idiots. They think they walk on water and are above everything, when in reality they are ONLY there for our entertainment, that is their #1 purpose for being where they are. They need to learn that.

    January 17, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  791. Deb

    I was embarrassed right off and i changed the channel. I mean couldn't he come up with some better material than bashing the people that were providing him with a paycheck...not funny. I turned it back on later and thankfully he was nowhere in sight. i used to like him and he chose to be mean so i choose not to watch him do it.

    January 17, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  792. Anita

    I actually liked his jokes, all too often these actor's take themselves far too seriously...the industry takes itself too seriously. As for The Tourist...I wouldn't see it if Johnny Depp weren't in it, Angelina Jolie is a very limited actress in range, has no one else noticed that this woman has ONE accent and one accent only when a role requires her to have one? She's even thrown that stupid accent (that actually doesn't fit any nationality, think Alexander) in when it's unnecessary. She was ok in Changeling, but that's the most I'll say complimentary to her. Her range is typically action/assasin oriented (even in Kung Fu Panda) and that's it. Yes, I know she did Gia & Girl Interrupted...A LONG, LONG time ago. If that's not a "limited 2-dimensional actor" I don't know what is.

    January 17, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  793. Houston

    There were moments when he was laugh-out-loud funny, many others where his jokes fell very flat. Not consistent enough to really pull off the show in my opinion.

    January 17, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  794. Ben Milano

    Simply stated – it just wasn't funny. if the jokes were funny then most folks wuld be laughing and not squirming in their seats. My vote is to have Don Rickels host the 2012 Godlen Globes and I am starting a campaign on my Facebook page to do so. Please follow this link to join http://www.facebook.com/#!/home.php?sk=group_167590839928367&ap=1

    January 17, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  795. yw842mro

    Ricky was funny but probably hurt his career opportunities in Hollywood. Bruce Willis being Ashton Kutcher's father? I was rolling on a couch!

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    • mary

      Yup, I completely agree, I have the sad feeling that he's roles are going to be even fewer and more far between. Down in Australia they understand that sometimes a tall poppy needs to be cut down.

      January 17, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  796. B.J.

    I usually don't watch shows exalting people who are already overpaid for playing "make-believe", however, if Gervais is back next year, I promise to watch.

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  797. Freddie Phudpucker

    Fantastic job, Ricky! Everybody knows the Globes are riddled with corruption and bribes, which sadly means that all the uptight "actors" are a part of the scam too. Most of them deserve to be roasted for what they are – overpaid, over-hyped plastic puppets with massive egos.

    The ones that don't deserve that description are the ones who were laughing the loudest – but strangely many journalists took it upon themselves to defend the poor hard-worked stars and call Ricky's act "mean-spirited". They've been moving in the wrong circles too long I guess.

    January 17, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  798. MeToo

    I kept hoping he would come out with more jokes. Hope they get him for next year. Lots of people forget that on foreign TV (including British) that it is not so stringent as American TV – more nudity, more violence, more swearing, more reality. I say put RG on a new reality show – Roasting the Stars with Ricky Gervais – it will be a blockbuster. Does anyone feel any empathy for stars who break the law? So no one should feel sorry for Robert Downey Jr, Charlie Sheen, etc. They are all public figures and are all subject to having their dirty laundry aired – just like a politician. Children are, however, off limits, under 18.

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  799. Signe

    Celebrities don't live in the real world unless it's research for a role. Gervais was dead on and utterly refreshing. I loathe this back slapping, self aggrandizing nonsense that keeps designers, stylists and makeup artists in business. And why do they need awards? Aren't they getting paid well enough as it is?

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  800. Tom

    Uh......who the heck cares about either Gervais OR Hollywood, OR what Hollywood thinks? Completely insignificant.

    January 17, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  801. Jenn

    I thought that it was quite funny. Sounded a lot like what you see on the cover of some magazines at the market.

    January 17, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  802. Russ

    Gervais is not a funnyman. He's a hater! He could be funny without being mean. If he did it in a respectful/appreciative way, it would have gone over well. As is, half of the people loved the destruction that he wrought, and half of the people hated it. When you're a comedian, and half of your audience hates you, your're a failure. Get someone else next year!

    January 17, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  803. zulu

    There's no such thing as bad publicity. All the press they get this year will translates into more viewers next year. Ricky did them a favor. Sarah Silverman next year? Joy Behar? Mario Cantone?

    January 17, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  804. Brian

    Ricky Gervais was Awesome! I loved it! I am now a fan of his... Those ego driven hollywood elites need to be brought back down to earth... Loved the quips on cruise and Hugh Heffner.. Hilarious!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  805. Joe

    People who have to be nasty and/or hurtful in the name of humor aren't really funny. They are indulging a pathological insecurity. Look at the real legendary humorists of the past fifty years and you'll see what I mean. If you're really funny, you don't have to slit someone else's throat to prove it.

    January 17, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  806. Ajc

    This was the BEST Golden Globes I've seen so far! Ricky Gervais was the best part! Definitely made for good TV!

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  807. M. Michele Phillips

    These comments seem so polarized, much like our government at present. RG is being characterized as either a saint or a sinner. Hollywood, by the same token, seems to be full of tools or people deserving of respect. I'd say it's a wash–I thought Ricky was funny, outrageous and also fired off just a few too many cheap shots. If the Hollywood elite can't take it, they should not be seen in such a public forum. But who among us could take the personal abuse on National TV and not feel uncomfortable? I think they all dealt with it pretty well, considering.

    January 17, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  808. Rob

    it's ironic that the Hollyweird types can go on various talk shows & spew hateful rhetoric at anyone who dares to disagree with them politically (Bill Maher, Michael Moore, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Matt Damon – just to name a few) – but then let someone like Gervais point out the OBVIOUS to them & these self-aggrandizing, sycophantic, arrogant, spoiled millionaires go off the deep end!!

    Talk about double-standards – who do they think they are? They get paid to read, with emotion, words that someone else writes for them – they get paid to entertain us like the symbol-playing monkeys – they are NOT politicians, they are NOT scholars, they can look good & read words with emotion...

    I don't particularly like Gervais, but he just said what everyone was thinking – and he did it to their faces – so for that, I say – BRAVO, Gervais!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  809. Barbara

    Ricky was funny. Hey, if you can't laugh at yourself, then who can you laugh at.

    January 17, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  810. DonM_TX

    Rude, ill-mannered, crude and loutish. Either his parents failed to teach him basic, common courtesy or he is incapable of learning. Humor can be hilarious without being foul and rude. E.G. Bill Cosby.

    January 17, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  811. Tara

    I loved it! Everyone's ego needs a bit deflating now and again. It's just entertainment, folks. Not life or death. Lighten up.

    January 17, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  812. Sandy

    Ricky Gervais is a comic genius. Period. Check out some of his standup routines on YouTube. He's one of the best in the world right now.

    January 17, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  813. Jeff smith

    I think Ricky is the Funniest Mother F%$#*& on the planet right now... if they can't take a Joke... Well you know the rest!

    January 17, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  814. mary

    Oh and for all those people offended by his parting remark, I'm just thankful that your not Muslim, cause you guys would be those crazy nut jobs that would call for the stoning of anyone for saying anythin