Ricky Gervais: Everyone took my jokes well
January 18th, 2011
11:34 AM ET

Ricky Gervais: Everyone took my jokes well

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

Though there was a lot of nervous laughter in the room at the January 16 Golden Globes ceremony, host Ricky Gervais swears his scathing humor didn't offend anybody.

"Everyone took it well and the atmosphere backstage and at the after show was great," Gervais said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter.

The funnyman also cleared up rumors that he had been scolded or fired during a long pause in the show in which he mysteriously went missing.

"I did every single introduction I was meant to. There just happened to be a long gap. This is because I was allowed to choose who I would introduce in advance," explained Gervais. "I obviously chose presenters who I had the best jokes for. (And who I knew had a good sense of humor.)"

Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Berk—of whom Gervais said, "I just had to help him off the toilet and pop his teeth in"—admits that the comic "crossed the line" and that some of his jokes were unacceptable, but says, "That's Ricky."

Berk adds that he had no idea what Gervais was going to say during the show and was as surprised as the audience by his remarks. But, he acknowledges, "When you hire Ricky Gervais, you expect the unexpected."

While Berk is staying mum as to whether Gervais will be invited back to host the Globes - and if you'll recall, Gervais has said he's not interested in doing it again anyway - the Hollywood Foreign Press Association issued its own statement about Sunday's ceremony to CNN Monday:

"We loved the show. It was a lot of fun and obviously has a lot of people talking. 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."


soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. speedd

    Hi, regards all :)

    February 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jason Barona

    Gervais rocks, critics not!!!! boo hoo!!! hollywood pansies, sticks and stones hurt my bones pleeeeeeeeezzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!! if it's that bad, you don't deserve to be in the public eye.

    January 23, 2011 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jason Barona

    leave it to us americans, always offended by whatever, whatever!!!!, Gervais's humour rocks!!!! has that europeon flavor, get over it puritain america, get back on the mayflower and go home, then maybe ya'll won't be soooooooo offended.

    January 23, 2011 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. RUSSELL

    Now a days comedy is associated with disrespect. Now people from other countries have adapted to this arrogant and disrespectful way of thought. It sucks. Put some class in your jokes. You are annoying Rick!

    January 20, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brenda

    Gervais is a genius! The Hollywood pansies that live ridiculous lives and then expect everyone to treat them as if they are "just like normal folks" can suck it! If they want fame and everything that goes with it then guess what.... this goes with it! Suck it up! And if you want to steer clear of the criticism... stay out of rehab and strip joints!

    January 20, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Marin

      You must have green eyes – your post comes off as bitter & envious. How do you know anything about any of these folks? You judgmental twit. Get a life. and PS – what's your first hand knowledge of rehab & strip joints? LOL

      January 20, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Don

    I would never watch the gloden globs. After hearing how it pretty much was a roast I am kinda sad that I missed this. I will check this out next year and the host isnt saying things that are outragas and mind your true like Ricky did then then i will go back to my old point of view. Actors forget that those fat checks they get come from the fans that pay to see them. SO sit in that room wear a smile and take those shots to the ribs like a normal person would over paid cry babys.

    January 20, 2011 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. Hector Villarreal

    What is happening to the US when even celebrities cannot take a little kidding and joking. It's not like Angelina Jolie and johnny Depp made a great movie the "tourist" (it really sucked) so making fun and kidding about should be a time to laugh and take a jab or two. Are we on the way to censoring Ricky G. for joking (is tat vitrol political rhetoric that needs to be tempered? ) Are we becoming like the Middle East where there is no sense of humor/laughing at ourselves.
    It has been an American Tradition to laugh at ourselves and joke & kid and that's part of what makes this nation different form the intolerant nations. So to the celebrities who were offended " Get over yourselves..." then thank Ricky G. for making a little light/fun in our lives. with this trend , SNL will be marked as a Bad show because it does the same stuff that Ricky G. does. So America let's get over ourselves and just laugh at ourselves.

    January 18, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Alex Peter

    Great job! For everyone, it is good to get out of the skin once in a while. I do not understand those who think there is anything offensive in his jokes. Otherwise I might start thinking that you can make laugh of this person but not about that person. Forget it!

    January 18, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Johnny

    The best awards hosting job ever – bar none. He was playing to a huge TV audience, not the overpaid, pampered, spoilt attendees. He kicked it out of the park and the ones who got it and had a bit humility laughed along with him. When you are that public, that well paid, that rewarded and that cosseted you are somehow off limits for a little humor? It was a light roasting, funny, acerbic and we finally got a SHOW and not some back slapping, self congratulatory snoozefest. Robert Downey Jn lost all my respect for behaving like a total diva, thin skinned wuss – his fans have welcomed him back with open wallets and arms from his very public battles with drink, and now it's off the table, never to be discussed, above ribbing – please, get a freaking life.

    January 18, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ali Naderzad @ screen comment

    From Ali at Screencomment.com: Been watching the "Ricky Gervais Hosting the Globes best-of tape" and frankly I feel a bit troubled by it–the potshots were too cheap, the jokes had no heft. It felt like a dirty game of trying to beat the clock. Gervais channeled David Brent, and David Brent isn't the right person to host the Globes.

    January 18, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. PC

    People need to lighten up! Really!

    January 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. cronos

    Ricky is brilliant! He was the only reason I watched the whole show! So smart and brave jokes :)

    January 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Yugo

    I don't know, Ricky is a very funny guy and I enjoy his movies and his latest stand up show was very funny too. I think he went a little too far on the Golden Globes. There were some things that are just bad taste, no matter how funny. When he uses that humor to be self-effacing, he is absolutely charming, when used against others, its not.

    January 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Funbetty

    Ricky ur hot, put on some Wingman Pheromones and get wit me.

    January 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jim

    enough about this already. How come no one has mentioned the horrible acceptance speech by Robert DeNiro? The joke he made about half the HFPA being deported along with most of the waiters that were serving them was a lot more uncomfortable to hear than most of what Ricky said.

    January 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      Specially coming from an italian inmigrant married to an african inmigrant, De Niro should stick to drama not comedy!

      January 20, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Sopheina

      I agree 100%, Ricky did great but DeNiro was messed up and im a big fan of his.

      January 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  16. dave

    How do you know where the line is if it isn't crossed a little every now and then. Gervais has guts, and good humor. Keep rockin', you crazy Brit.

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

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