A week after Ricky Gervais unleashed a stream of controversial jokes while hosting the Golden Globes, filmmaker Judd Apatow is biting back at the comedian.
“What did you think of Ricky Gervais? I didn’t like him. I thought he was mean,” the "40-Year-Old Virgin" director said while hosting the Producers Guild Awards this weekend.
Gervais’ quips left many questioning if he'd gone too far, and Apatow took his hosting gig as an opportunity to defend the targets of the Brit's punchlines.
[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.
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?"
If you thought Ricky Gervais could've pushed the envelope a bit more the last time he hosted the Golden Globes, he agrees.
"I don’t think I was too bad," Gervais told reporters last week about his first turn as Globes host. "I don’t think I went far enough."
Gervais will get another chance when he returns for his second and final year on the 68th annual awards show taking place January 16. (Nominations for the Globes will be announced on Tuesday.) "I’m going to have even more fun with it, probably go a bit further, push the boundaries a little bit more. I think you always should," the Brit comedian said. "What’s the worst that could happen? I didn’t expect to be invited back a second time and I certainly – and I won’t do it a third. So I’ve got nothing to lose. So, yes, I’m going to go for it."
The show may be entering into its 22nd season, but the “Simpsons” of Springfield are still getting major visitors.
“Simpsons” executive producer Al Jean already talked about “Mad Men’s” Jon Hamm signing on as a guest voice on the primetime cartoon, but that’s just the beginning.
Fox announced at the Television Critics Association Press Tour that celebs like Halle Berry, Kristen Wigg, Martha Stewart, Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Rudd are among those lending their voices to future episodes. You can expect to hear from “Glee” stars Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Amber Riley as well.
Ricky Gervais will also return to the series, in an episode featuring Homer and Bart heading out to Los Angeles for the Academy Awards. Although the witty Brit co-wrote – as well as made a guest appearance – on an episode of “The Simpsons” back in 2006, he’ll simply star in the upcoming episode as himself.
Ricky Gervais has signed on to host next year's Golden Globe Awards, scheduled for January 16, 2011, NBC and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Wednesday. It'll mark the second time the actor will take center stage for the annual show, following his gig for this year's honors.
“I can’t believe they invited me back after awful things I said,” Gervais said in a statement. “Let’s see how far I can go this time.”
“We are thrilled to have Ricky back as the host of the Golden Globe Awards,” HFPA President Philip Berk added in the release. “His combination of wit, irreverence, and spontaneity makes him the ideal host. He was fantastic last year, and he'll be even better the second time around."
Gervais led last year's Golden Globes telecast to its highest adults 18-to-49 rating in the time period in five years, and the show was watched by 17 million viewers overall. He is a producer for "The Office" and wrote, starred in and directed "The Invention of Lying" last year.
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