Those Gervais jokes? You should be used to them
January 17th, 2011
06:11 PM ET

Those Gervais jokes? You should be used to them

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

If Ricky Gervais was secretly aiming to dominate the general conversation for hours after hosting the Golden Globes, then we have one thing to say: Well done, Mr. Gervais.

Although, maybe he really didn’t expect all of the shock and awe and “did you hear what he said about ‘The Tourist’/Scientology/Robert Downey Jr./Bruce Willis?!” reaction to his 2011 Globes jokes – it’s not like he’s never said the same type of thing before.

Exhibit A: His hosting job at last year’s Golden Globes. Gervais aimed and fired at Mel Gibson – “I like a drink as much as the next man, unless the next man is Mel Gibson” – as well as Sir Paul McCartney.

“We actually came over on the same flight, but I didn’t get to speak to him. I was up in the front in first class, and he was behind me in coach saving money. He spent an awful lot last year,” Gervais quipped in reference to McCartney’s divorce from Heather Mills.

That Hollywood Foreign Press Association crack he made last night, about the organization accepting bribes? He made a similar one in 2010: “One thing that can’t be bought is a Golden Globe,” Gervais told the audience. “Officially.” He then shrugged, adding, “I’m not going to do this again anyway…But if you were to buy one, the man to see would be Philip Berk.”

And then there was his crack to Kate Winslet at 2009’s Golden Globes. (Is anyone seeing a pattern, here?) "Well done, Winslet. I told you, do a Holocaust movie, the awards come, didn't I?...The trouble is with Holocaust films is that there's never any gag reel on the DVDs."

Oh, and then there was the Emmys in 2008, when Gervais went off-script and demanded that “Office” star Steve Carell give him back the Emmy he'd won the year before.

After giving some brusque advice to the nominees on how to deliver the perfect acceptance speech – “keep it short, please…particularly if you’re not on-screen talent; don’t cry, it’s pathetic, it’s just an award” – he played a brief clip of Carell being handed Gervais’s Emmy by “The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert of “The Colbert Report.”

“Look at his stupid face," Gervais remarked at the end of the video. "Couldn’t actually win one of his own so he stole someone else’s...Have you even been to see 'Ghost Town' yet? I sat through 'Evan Almighty,' now give me my Emmy."

But occasionally, the Brit's sense of humor does land him in real hot water.

Back in 2007, Gervais told a story on his "Fame" tour about a time he was asked for advice on how to become famous. His answer? "Go out and kill a prostitute." In the weeks prior, five sex workers had been murdered in Suffolk, according to the U.K.'s The Independent.

Although Gervais did add, "I won't do this bit in Ipswich," he ended up having to defend his comment later, stating that the story he was referring to had occurred five years earlier, and was in reference to those who will do anything to see their names in lights.

Clearly Gervais isn't one to change his style to suit the sensitivities of others, and it turns out that after all of the hub-bub, the HFPA didn't expect him to.

"We loved the show. It was a lot of fun and obviously has a lot of people talking," the association said in a statement to CNN. "When you hire a comedian like Ricky Gervais, one expects in your face, sometimes outrageous material. Certainly, in this case, he pushed the envelope and occasionally went too far. The HFPA would never condone some of his personal remarks. Overall, however, the show was among the best we've ever had and we were pleased."


Filed under: Awards Season • Golden Globes • Ricky Gervais • television

soundoff (142 Responses)
  1. Ron

    The entire Ricky Show is overrated. I don't think we should refer to his comments as "jokes" at all. It seemed to me that Ricky had run dry like any other public speaker or comedian and had to resort to being obnoxious – who couldn't have made those remarks? Every one of those cracks had either been previously mentioned on Late Night or around the coffee machine at work. So what ... already.

    January 23, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Willa

    No one deserves to be embarrassed or humilliated in public..... not even a spoiled, rich celebrity. Since when did ridicule and verbal bullying become a spectator sport? At an awards ceremony, people go to be honored, not insulted. Ricky Gervaise was neither brilliant or funny. He behaved like a passive aggressive, offensive boor. There was a time when people enjoyed a 'good' hanging too. Haven't we moved beyond that?

    January 18, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chelsea Morning

      Do you really think anyone was humiliated by those jokes? Who? Robert Downey Jr? Bruce Willis? Tim Allen? Really, who at the show was humiliated? Not everyone's so hyper-sensitive, you know.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. leapfrog

    There are way too many of you out there taking yourself and life too seriously. How is it mean-spirited to make fun of Tim Allen? Can you name off the top of your head what he's done besides Home Improvement and stupid Santa movies?? I love Stallone but I can't really think of what he's done beyond Rocky and Rambo (that's worth mentioning) and Bruce Willis is known for being a total smartass with a great sense of humor who I'm sure he's gotten a zillion jokes about his ex marrying someone so young. I once saw a bumper sticker that read "Against abortion – don't get one" if he offends you so, turn off the tv!!

    January 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kalohu

    I thought he was rude, not funny and a low-life.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ricky rocks!

    Ricky was great! The only reason I watched the show was him. I hope he is going to be host next year too.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Say WHAT?

    If Robert Downey, Jr. didn't want people making jokes about his jail time and rehab visits, maybe he shouldn't have gotten in trouble so much.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Steve

    Brit sense of humor is different than Americans. Personally I like British humor than America – look at AB Fab and how America just ruined a great comedy show....

    January 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • kayray

      The Brits like to take the p*ss out of people as they say. Many Americans don't understand this and take unnecessary offense. Americans are way too PC and Abfab rocked. Joanna Lumley is a goddess.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Matthew B.

    Sara was on Bonanza!!
    Sara was great on South Park though

    January 18, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. cronos

    ricky was hillarious!

    January 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. StupidHollyweird

    So that little heap of garbage kathy G. and others can make jokes about palins retarded child and they're ok with it.... Say a few bad things about the "important" people in hollywood and it's CRIMINAL!! I hate you lefties sooooooooo much

    January 18, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • kayray

      You make no sense. I'm a "leftie" and think it's fine to make fun of Hollyweird celebs.

      January 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chelsea Morning

      As mentioned to someone else earlier, go take your politics to the appropriate forum.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Work-a-holic

    DUDE, IM A BLACK GUY FROM NC! WHICH HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT WE ARE DISCUSSING HERE BUT, THIS GUY IS HALARIOUS!! PEOPLE LIKE IT WHEN YOU ARE BEING HUMEROUS USING REAL MATERIAL!! NOTHING BETTER!! AND SO WHAT IF THE CELEBS WERE MAD, THEY ARE PAID ALOT OF MONEY. SOME DESERVE IT BECAUSE THEY ARE GREAT ACTORS AND OTHERS, WELL HE WAS RIGHT THEY PROBABLY DID BRIBE SOMEONE FOR THE AWARD. BUT I LIKED IT!!

    January 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. K

    Again... you knew what he was like before you hired him to host the Golden Globes. What did you expect w/him anyway?

    January 18, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. David in Corpus

    First – to those of you who think Ricky did a great job bringin' those celebs down a notch or two, you know you are enjoying watchin' them squirm cause you envy how easy they have life (and undeservedly so) – that is naughty of you, but I understand and forgive.
    Second – to those of you who scold the others for falling prey to basic human emotions (envy and jealousy), get off your high horse. You holier than thou types are just irritating and you know it. That being said, you are right, tis sad to find humor in the suffering of others.
    Now that I have placated and scolded both groups, feel free to point out what a lil'chikenchit I am for not picking a side and sticking with it.
    By the way, I hate you all (including me).

    January 18, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chelsea Morning

      Oh, how tedious of you to say people are just envious of the stars. I stopped reading after that word. You apparently have nothing to say in your too-long comment.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Craig

    I loved what he said, as he was saying stuff that we all think and no doubt, the Hollywood folks never hear. It is refreshing to see the high and mighty get slammed by one of their own for stuff they do. Charlie Sheen jokes, awesome. Robert Downey Jr, absolutely correct. The Tourist being a crappy movie, right on. Well done!!

    January 18, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Demara

    I saw his speeches on TV and thought they were hilarious. It's funny to see celebrities acting like normal, if not uncomfortable, people.

    January 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Andrew

    Ricky Gervais is not even remotely funny at all

    January 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  17. VasanC

    I have had about enough of the American crazy for the Brit accent. besides that, this moron has nothing to offer. Just making nasty remarks about great actors is not funny!

    January 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  18. hope120

    Yea he was funny if the jokes were not about you. I'll never watch anything that has to do with
    him again.

    January 18, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Paul P

    It was obvious Gervais was also including Travolta in his scientologistS (he used the plural form of the word, btw. look up transcript). Travolta has been accused of being in the closet. Southpark had him walking into a closet with cruise and recently Carrie Fisher called him out, too. So yeah, above poster was right.

    Besides, when have any of these people publicly mocked Gervais? Yeah, sorry. It's an awards show, not a roast.

    I'd also like to see the survey that ALL these people take themselves seriously and are egomaniacs. If it were that simple, you'd all be as successful as they were. They work hard. Good on them. They deserve a little recognition for their contribution regardless whether you think it's worth anything.

    January 18, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Jeff

    I thought RG's quips were spot on. I think the HFPA will keep him, because, if it were to make him "redundant(as the British nicely put being fired)", it would garner far more negative press than it would keeping the status quo.

    January 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  21. ayrifeek

    "Stash
    And what exactly, have you amounted to?"

    Sorry? I'm not the one here whining about how rich and egotistical celebrities are and then justifying crude humor at their expense. Deflecting only works when the person on the receiving end can be categorized with the sender.

    No, I wasn't refering to being famous either. Success and famous are not mutually exclusive. The bitter taste in all your motuhs would go away if you focused on taking yourselves seriously and doing something with your lives rather than rain on the parade of those who choose to work hard and become successful doing so.

    January 18, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Derek

    What these pseudo celebs say about each other is ten times worse that Ricky's jokes which were funny. These stupid moronic celebrities are NOT finding the cure for cancer, they need to get over it or get another career.

    Hey Sheen want the bad jokes to stop? Stop doing stupid things. Ricky was a riot hosting this show, he was the only good part about it.

    January 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Connie Lingus

    "JohnRJ08" says:
    OH RICKY, YOU'RE SO FINE, YOU'RE SO FINE
    YOU BLOW MY MIND
    HEY RICKY!
    HEY RICKY!

    January 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  24. kayray

    Hilarious. These Hollywood types take themselves way too seriously and believe their own pr top often. They are not curing cancer or anything, they are just entertainers and I appreciate the few who realize this and can laugh at themselves. Ricky didn't say anything that people aren't thinking. There have been rumors about Cruise, Travolta and Will Smith for a few years now and their Scientology b.s. religion.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  25. ebordy89

    Im glad there is some around 2bring down these self important selfrightous ego maniacs

    January 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnRJ08

      Exactly how many of these "selfrightous ego maniacs" (sic) do you personally know well enough to justify that kind of remark?

      January 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Joe

    Exactly what eveyrone else is saying – it was funny and true. It did exactly what it was supposed to do... raise the ratings for a TV program that has been on a pretty steel decline for viewership. Look at all of the "buzz" it has created.

    If the thin-skinned celebs can't find humor in themselves, they've let their own ego/celebrity go to their heads. Don't do/say stupid things if you don't want everyone to know about them. You want everyone to know that you donated $$ to some charity, that you care about the planet, and that you brush your teeth 6 times a day... you have to also live with the fact that every other bit of your life will also be public info. Or, do like some celebs do and keep your personal life private, just like the rest of us.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Nicko

    Is it just me, or does Gervais look like he's "done time"? It's like he's been locked in a cell for a year, working out, shaving his head, becoming more mean and anti establishment, wearing gold pants and accidentally dropping his soap in the shower for his 'daddy'???

    January 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  28. niki

    I think this golden globe was the funniest golden globe ever

    January 18, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stimpson

      Next year's is almost guaranteed to be a snoozer, since the host will be "respectful" to the point of fawning. That's my prediction.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Nick

    It was just nasty. OK, Hollywood might have more than its fair share of phonies, but why Ricky be so vicious and sneering to them? You can poke fun in an affectionate way. There was just no love in the performance. It was like his writing team had egged him on by writing the worst things they could think of, knowing they didn't have to go up there and say them, and pushed him out there to rattle it of. You could see he was scared when he introduced Bruce Willis. Gervais is just the fat schoolboy bully who can't excel at anything positive so has to humiliate those who actually hope to make something of themselves. What happened to the inventors, the poets and the reformers. Now we're just left with moronic good-for-nothing "celebs".

    January 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnRJ08

      Gervais hasn't been that funny since he stopped writing with Merchant. His current brand of humor is more like Tourettes.

      January 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      JohnRJ08 – maybe that's it... Merchant provided the pathos.

      January 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chelsea Morning

      I didn't see any sneering.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  30. brooklyn

    Ricky's performance wasn't the best , I regret to say, but no matter what he is still far better than any of those stupid idiots they had before him.
    Anyway, screw those overpaid, incompetent hollywood actors!
    Not only can't they (most of them ) act to save their bloody lives but also have the nerves to put on air looking down their nose at us as if they were of royal status.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnRJ08

      Ah! Your comment provides a glimpse of why so many people thought Gervais was funny Sunday night. You hate celebrities and think it's hilarious to watch them get humiliated on camera. You enjoy that look of shock and embarrassment on their face when their work or personal life is turned into a punch-line on national television.

      This is why America loves reality shows - because they're all about humiliation. It's less about the joke than it is about the look on the person's face. We especially love seeing the rich and famous taken down a notch or two. We think it's funny. It's not. Making fun of people is the lowest form of humor. Mean is not funny. Getting a gasp from the audience isn't the same as getting a laugh.

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

    So Downey Jr. thought Gervais was "mean spirited"? Oh, but it's hilarious when Russell Brand cuts up on Bush, Palin and every other republican, eh?

    Hollywood needs to get off its pretentious high horse and see themselves the way the rest of us see them: insulated, overpaid, holier-than-thou, sanctimonious, whiny, plastic, phony, drug addicted hypocrites with Get Out of Jail Free cards.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheppard

      Another pathetic losers who will use any excuse to try and promote a personal political agenda. Get a life – and take your crap over to the proper forum.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chelsea Morning

      Yes, what sheppard said. Get a life, Y, and take your politics to the appropriate forum.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Mr Shaggyhomelessguy

    Gervais must carry his balls in wheelbarrow because he pretty much insulted everyone!!!

    Thought it was an awesome show.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  33. MattK

    I thought he was awesome. The only cracks/jokes of the night I was disappointed at was the one regarding Bruce Willis and Ashton Kutcher and about The Tourist. Bruce has no control over who his ex-wife dates or marries, let alone the age of that person. Also, Angelina and Johnny have no control over how well (or not so well) their movie will do. But they were still humorous. Plus, if the rest of them did not like the jokes made about them then they should not have done the things they did (Charlie and Robert Jr especially). Not to mention the Late Night Talk Shows made plenty of cracks about those topics...

    January 18, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnRJ08

      I think most of what Gervais said Sunday night MIGHT have been funny if he had said it on one of the late night talk shows or in one of his HBO specials. Those would have been more appropriate forums for that kind of humor. What he did on the Golden Globes was just mean-spirited humiliation of people who work in his industry. He delivered his punch line and then the camera quickly cut to the stunned actor, director or writer that he was talking about. Just because Gervais said it with that cherubic grin doesn't make it funny. If anybody else had said those things they would have been fired half way through the show.

      January 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  34. EdEd

    Too honest = Too funny. OR let's NOT say what everyone is thinking. LOL!

    January 18, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  35. chris

    he was great...much more fun than the drivel from the stars...i wanna thank my mom...my poodle...my beauty team..my this...my that...blah..

    January 18, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  36. jay

    When I put myself in the shoes of being announced after my husband left me and my kid was arrested selling drugs I killed myself laughing. It would be like therapy to have it ribbed in my face. U would laugh at the absurdity of it all instead of wanting to commit suicide. I thot he was a liTtle out of place before now I realize that gift he held out to these people. Don't take urslf so seriously. Life is funny.

    January 18, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  37. JohnRJ08

    I thought Gervais' performance Sunday night was dreadful. Not so much because of his mean-spirited wisecracks, but because he just wasn't that funny. I compare what he did to what happens on a lot of so-called television 'reality' shows. The reason those horrid blights on the culture are so popular is because a lot of people love seeing others humiliated, especially if those people are rich and famous.

    That's what Gervais did Sunday night. He humiliated and embarrassed the celebrities in the audience and on the stage, and a lot of people just love seeing the rich and famous get taken down a notch or two. Personally, I find nothing funny about people being humiliated, whether they're celebrities or one of the 'ordinary' people working behind the camera.

    Most celebs will laugh at themselves because they understand that their hyped public images don't have a lot to do with who they really are. But what happened Sunday night was more like an ambush, where the primary objective was to elicit gasps rather than laughs from the audience. It seems that people are a lot meaner these days and that has, unfortunately, re-defined what "funny" means.

    January 18, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • stool

      Don't worry – there's always the likes of Carrot Top & Dane Cook to soothe your ruffled feathers. Oh, and in case you missed it – they're not funny, either.

      January 18, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mara

      Hear, hear!!

      I've never found these 'insult' comics funny. One gets the same sort of poisonous comments from the average schoolyard bully. Mostly I feel sorry for those whom they're bullying...even those who have, deserved or not, more money and fame than I...especially since they can't reply in kind without looking petty and humorless.

      It's pretty sad how gleefully the public tears down those whom they have built up.

      January 18, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  38. English Guy

    If you find Gervais controversial, next time we will send you Frankie Boyle.

    January 18, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  39. Michael Scott

    This was great! I love how hollywood takes itself so seriously these days. This show was definitely for the people in front of TVs and I had a great time watching it!

    January 18, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  40. Ti

    Last year he said he would be outrageous and not get asked back...they asked him back and he got 'worse'...everyone knows what they were in for. He was supposed to be caustic. Anyone who was offended needs to lighten up...especially the glass jawed celebs.

    January 18, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  41. Jim970

    Interesting how many people voted "hilarious" in the poll. Shows how uncivil (uncivilized ?) we have become. Humor at the expense of someone else is not humor.

    January 18, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Athiest too

      Um, most humor is at the expense of someone else or the joke teller...

      January 18, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Sgt. Hulka

      Lighten up, Francis!

      January 18, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chelsea Morning

      You've got to be kidding!
      Much humour *is* at others' expense. Tons of books have been written in celebration of funny insults made by famous people. I have a couple of those books in my collection.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Colleen

    Gervais is hilarious. 90% of comedy has an edge-that's why it's funny, people!! God forbid he should make fun of the "stars". What a bunch of egocentric babies. I have chuckled many times a day over his great routines. Ashton Kutchers' dad-now that is gold!

    January 18, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  43. Wigmund

    Hollywood is full of people that are full of themselves. They have award shows so they can all dress up and give themselves big pats on the back to make themselves feel important. The time and money wasted by these "award" shows could be used to do so much good for the folks that really need it.

    January 18, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  44. funston

    Larry hates Gervais so much that he watched both of Ricky's HBO specials...that is dedication to hatred. Gervais brings refreshment back to comedy, and you know you're not going to get someone elses jokes.
    Well done Ricky!

    January 18, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  45. Shirley

    Let's suppose your spouse had just left you and you child was arrested for selling drugs. Just suppose. Now you are at your company awards banquet where you are so proud to be getting an award for your efforts – but wait – the presenter mentions these personal traumas and says and now lets welcome (you). How do you feel now? Not so funny when it is you is it?

    January 18, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • stool

      What's your personal life have to do with any of this?

      January 18, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • dangram

      Are you freakin kidding me with that long drawn out ridiculous analogy??? Try to keep in mind, this wasn't a awards banquet for WalMart employees.....it was a bunch of overpaid, conceited movie stars just there to pat themselves on the back and Ricky just said what we most people are thinking about them.

      January 18, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Beverly - NYC

    Celebrities take themselves far too seriously. If you're not kissing their buns, they get get their surgically enhanced noses out of jooint. Get over yourselves, you're paid very well for make believe, you should be able to take a joke.

    January 18, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  47. Gene

    Did anyone hear his last comment? (I would like to thank God for making me an atheist)

    January 18, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  48. Jmb

    I didn't think he was funny and I thought as a performer he was way out of tune with his audience.

    January 18, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  49. Billy Bristol

    kudos to him truly the funniest man of all time,someday he will be sir Richard Gervais,my children want him to be thier father,he will no doubt cure cancer and probably bring peace to middle east,I'm sure he's got an endless supply of organ's should he decide to be a doner,my vehicle just broke down,I wish he was her because I'm sure he could fix it.Again kudos to you Sir Ricky Gervais.

    January 18, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  50. Niambh

    I'm not judging anyone. British humor is just about making fun of everything to make life more enjoyable, and personally, I think Americans should take a cue from them. Besides, everything he said was true! Nothing he said was as bad as DeNiro's racist comments.

    A lot of the stars that were there and the HFPA both enjoyed his performance. In fact the HFPA said it was the best show they've seen in years, probably because they know it's one of the few memorable ones. It really wasn't all that different from his jokes last year... Did you think he all of a sudden changed his personality?

    January 18, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      DeNiro a racist? What planet are you living on? He's been married to a black woman - and I believe he still is. Hardly call that racist.

      January 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Niambh

      @Sandy – I said he made "racist comments." I never called him a racist. In fact, I think there's a big difference between the two. Besides, if you watched the show, you'd know (a) that he did in fact say some racist stuff, and (b) that it was about Hispanics, not African-Americans.

      January 18, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • EmSeeDubayou

      I don't recall De Niro's comments being racist, but they were sort of odd and maybe a little bitter, I don't know. I'm a huge De Niro fan, but his foray into the "Meet the Parents" franchise has been a bit disappointing.

      January 18, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  51. john

    Found him to be neither offensive nor funny. Actually, has never been funny.

    January 18, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • You seem boring

      What was the point of you even adding a comment to this pist then?

      Anyway, whoever feels bad for the celebrities who were the made fun should chill the heck out. Whoever thinks this is a big important night for those celebrities couldnt be more wrong... The big day for them was when they got paid for the acting gig that landed them at the Globes. Im sure they could care less about the trophy.

      January 18, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Marin

      you seem – to know a lot about folks you have never met. You call out someone else for posting something you don't like by yourself posting a lot of opinions you could never back up – hypocrite.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Doug

    If any of these actors were actually offended they have to realize they are getting honored not for being heroes, not for saving lives, but for pretending to be people they are not...Gervais is doing what should be done, taking them down a notch...Well done sir...Hilarious.

    January 18, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  53. Rich

    Ricky was dead on hilarious! He should host next year and while he's at it, host the Oscars too! That show really needs a jolt!

    January 18, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  54. Baker

    Niambh,

    Why should he take the sticks out? What did they do to him to deserve such banter?

    Unless you can present a survey that shows that these people are egomanics, I would highly suggest you take a look in the mirror and see someone who judges people you don't know.

    Good luck.

    January 18, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • EmSeeDubayou

      Right on! Everyone knows that Hollywood stars don't have big egos...shhheeeesssshhhh!

      January 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  55. James M.

    He went too far. Travolta just lost his teenage son in a tragic accident. Why should he be called gay in front of millions of people?

    The only ones here justifying Gervais' behavior will never amount to anything. You people are the joke.

    January 18, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      And of course, when you say "amount to anything", you mean "become famous". This is the exact problem: people who are famous start getting the idea in their heads that they're better than regular people. You obviously buy into this: you denigrate the people here because they won't become famous.

      January 18, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Stash

      And what exactly, have you amounted to?

      January 18, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      Actually, Travolta's name was never used. So, you're the only one calling him gay.

      January 18, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • dangram

      I think he meant Tom Cruise....who actually boycotted the awards because someone said something about his ditsy wife that he didn't like.

      January 18, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • al

      He was referring to Tom Cruise, not John Travolta

      January 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      Why is being gay a bad thing?

      January 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • SeattleLibtard

      He was referring to Tom Cruise, which has been an inside joke for years. Look up South Park's "Come Out of the Closet" episide.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chelsea Morning

      Probably referring to both.
      Anyway, Travolta didn't *just* lose that son who he denied proper medical treatment because his 'religion' told him to. Jett died more than a year ago.

      January 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Niambh

    I'm suprised so many people are defending the A list stars Ricky was roasting. All he did was take the sticks out of their rear ends and say, "Sorry, your poo stinks just as much as the next person."

    I have never in the least bit liked these kinds of award shows, but once I saw Ricky's opening speech, I couldnt wait to hear what he said next. If he hosts again next year, I'll definitely be watching.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  57. ayrifeek

    I don't understand this notion of "taking yourself seriously". Do you want to be a laughing stock instead? How many of you who mock these celebs for not taking a joke jump in joy when you're explicitly made fun of?

    If I've worked hard and tirelessly to get recognised for my work, I would in no way deserved to get made fun of. Yeah, I would take a show like this seriously. If you're praising gervais for insulting people on their big night, it's more than likely because you've never had a big night. All because you don't take yourselves seriously and do anything with your lives.

    Now that's funny.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Stash

      Sounds like somebody needs a hug – as well as having the board removed from their rectum.

      January 18, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  58. chris stathes

    Let me get this straight. Was he trolling or cruising?

    January 18, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  59. Elizabeth

    I thought Ricky did a great job as host, and he was hilarious, as usual. Nothing he said was untrue and Hollywood A-listers need to get over themselves. Thank you Ricky for saying what other people only have the courage to think. And thank you for making me laugh till I cried. Hope you come back next year.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  60. Suz

    I think he's funny... to a point. After a while, though, he just sounds mean.

    There is a fine art to that sort of comedy. Mel Brooks, for example, is masterful at equal-opportunity offending without sounding nasty or mean-spirited. It's a fine line, and Gervais was only just barely treading it.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  61. Jaradee

    Completely hilarious, and spot on!
    I especially laughed at the Scientology bit, I only wished there had been a close-up of Jeremy Renner at that moment!

    I hope Ricky is back next year!

    January 18, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • EmSeeDubayou

      Why would Renner care...he's slated to be in a movie about scientology, he's not a scientologist.

      January 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  62. prankster

    Ricky was fantastic! BTW-I was real happy to see Boarwalk Empire get recognition-what a great cast and crew!

    January 18, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  63. T. Bagher

    Gervais is well known as a liberal, so this should not be a surprise. THis is very typical of the party of hate.

    January 18, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Troll Slayer

      Horrible attempt at trolling, you suck

      January 18, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Ummm What?

      To echo troll slayer, nice try. I don't quite understand how his political views fit into the whole situation plus most hollywood types are liberal anyway so.... Did he make fun of a conservative star or are you just a D. Bagher?

      January 18, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Sweetenedtea

      Well, he mocked Mel Gibson. Mocking a racist, alcoholic, wife-beating neo-Nazi is just *one* of the things that makes liberals so intolerant.

      January 18, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Lucy

      "party of hate"? He's not a member of any American political party you nut! Please don't politicize this. But if you must, he's skewering the liberals you despise. You should be thrilled!

      January 18, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • pole

      Why the beef? After all, he's crapping all over those Hollywood "Libtards", isn't he. Then again, you're probably just being facetious.

      January 18, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  64. Larry

    When you invite a tiger into your home, you shouldn't be surprised when she starts eating the guests. The Globe folks knew what the hired when they hired Gervais. Guess they forgot until they saw him on stage! How they bring the tiger back next year!

    January 18, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  65. boocat

    Ricky Gervais IS NOT FUNNY. I saw his two HBO specials – NOT FUNNY. If throwing insults around and being mean-spirited is what people define as funny, then no wonder we have the stupidest people in the world living in America. The people that like this no talent hack are probably the same people that like Sarah Palin.

    January 18, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Danielle

      Yup...someone always has to bring up Palin... I have to wonder if people just throw names around that they hear otheres mentioning. If you don't like him that's fine... everyone has their own taste. (That would be why there's different style homes, color paints, flavors of ice cream..) As a whole everyone is taking themselves too seriously, sometimes you need to just laugh. We pride ourselves on freedoms and progress meanwhile no one can say anything without someone getting offended and raising h3ll. Perhaps if we all were to respect each others rights and realize that they're just words...no one would get offended anymore...just words.

      January 18, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Ummm What?

      boocat,
      My name is pretty much my response to your post. Gervais is hilarious. His radio, now HBO show The Ricky Gervais Show is amazing. He brought us The Office and many other laughs. I'm sorry he didn't smash a watermelon to tell you when his punchline happened. Also, I cannot stand Sarah Palin, so however you tied those two together can go bye-bye.

      January 18, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • yaydog

      You're the type of tool that finds the likes of Dane Cook & Larry the Cable Guy hilarious. Aren't you?

      January 18, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Marie Alvey

      I LOVE Ricky Gervais, and I CANNOT STAND Sarah Palin. I do not think that all of Hollywood was "upset" it is just a ploy by the press to get things going.. Hope to see Ricky next year, he is the only reason I watch....

      January 18, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yey Canada!

      I think you're confused, Sarah Palin's fans don't like Ricky Gervais' type of humor...they're too dumb...I think he's hilarious!

      January 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Sense of humor FAIL

      January 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      I so agree with you. If the only way you can get laughs and attention is by insulting others or making mean-spiriting remarks about them and their lives (true or untrue), then you're not funny at all. Better find another job.

      January 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Double fail!

      January 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      At the end of the show he made this comment; I would like thank all the GOD's...for makeing me an Atheist. Did anyone else hear that?

      January 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Uh...wrong!

      Gervais is an atheist. Palin is not. Silly.

      January 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • EmSeeDubayou

      It's all Bush's fault!

      January 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Garry

    I thought he was great and the stars need to chill...he said what everyone else is thinking...why so shocked???

    January 18, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  67. osa handlers

    Hollywood is about as popular in America as a Scientologist is at a disaster site.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
  68. deepwater805

    Right now Gervais is about as popular in Hollywood as a turd in a punch bowl.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  69. Dee

    Great job! funny and creative.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  70. Ian

    It isn't so much that he's comedian per se, it's just that he says what everyone is thinking. He's not your Seinfeld, or Murphy, stand-up he probably couldn't do, but he knows which buttons to push to get a reaction. The Brits are good at that. If these movie people get upset, they are simply giving Ricky more fodder.

    January 18, 2011 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • MikeyNYC

      Ricky Gervais is a TREMENDOUS stand-up comedian. I've seen him live both in the UK and in the USA and he ranks as one of the most accomplished stand-up comics I've ever seen. His newfound popularity has given him the opportunity to say things that, perhaps, he would not have said as a young, stand-up, but making such jokes and poking fun at the estalishment is exactly what a stand-up comic is supposed to do.

      January 18, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • EmSeeDubayou

      By Murphy, I assume you mean Eddie, and when was he last relevant?

      January 18, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      Eddie Murphy hasn't been anything since he decided it was more important to be black than funny!

      January 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • tjh

      Ricky Gervais does do stand-up

      January 19, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Jess

    I thought he was hilarious!

    January 17, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Annie

    He didn't say anything that wasn't true. Next time I hope they show more of him. He's brilliant!

    January 17, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  73. shelly

    gotta love the dry humour on Ricky\s part.....remember Don Rickles!! loved the deano roasts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 17, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Holly Wood

    Fantastic stuff – the guy's a genius! A lesson in not taking yourself too seriously.

    January 17, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  75. b=dog

    I thought it was great!

    January 17, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |

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