Did Ricky Gervais go too far as host of the Golden Globes?

67th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals

I thought Ricky Gervais was a lovely host for the Golden Globes. I was expecting him to be on more, and for his jokes to be more cutting, but I thought he found a nice balance of respect, self-deprecating humor, drunkenness, and the odd bit where he actually took a celebrity down a notch. One of the most notable times was when he was introducing Mel Gibson, more than half-way through the show. Ricky, who was drinking beer at the podium, confessed to the audience that he’d had “a couple” of beers, and then he remarked, “I’m not going to lie to you, I hope I’ve not offended anyone — It’s not my fault. I like a drink as much as the next man, unless the next man is Mel Gibson!” To Mel’s credit, he took it in stride, smiling at Ricky and acting pretend-drunk for a second, showing that he can take a joke, thank God.

The other moment that seemed to draw groans and gasps was when Ricky made a reference to Sir Paul McCartney’s divorce from Heather Mills. Ricky pointed out McCartney in the audience and said: “We actually came over on the same flight. I didn’t get to speak to him because I was up the front in first class. He was behind me in coach. Saving money. He spent an awful lot last year.” When people groaned, Ricky defended himself: “I don’t think we have to feel too sorry for him. He’s doing alright.” I didn’t think McCartney looked too thrilled with that joke, honestly. He also looked a little pissed that he lost the “Best Song” to T-Bone Burnett and the song from Crazy Heart.

What other good jokes were there? I liked the one about Colin Farrell: “One stereotype I hate is that all Irishmen are just drunk, swearing hell raisers. Please welcome Colin Farrell.” I liked this one too: “Just looking at all the faces here reminds me of the great work that’s been done this year… by cosmetic surgeons. You all look great.”

Ricky also took a funny hit at Angelina Jolie, who wasn’t there last night: “Actors aren’t just loved here in Hollywood, they’re loved the world over because they’re recognizable. You can be in the Third World and you get a glimpse of a Hollywood star and it makes you feel better. You can be a little child, a little Asian child, with no possessions, no money – but you see a picture of Angelina Jolie and you think, ‘Mummy!’” Another notable joke was at Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston’s expense (who seemed to be there together?), when Ricky said something about actors wanting to be chameleons and then introduced Aniston and Butler as “Rachel from Friends and the guy from 300.” Fair hit, in my opinion, but both Gerard and Jennifer looked peeved.

There were penis jokes and Jay Leno jokes, and surprisingly, no Clooney jokes. Clooney is usually a favorite of hosts, especially on the Oscars, so I wonder why Ricky didn’t go after him? All in all, I thought Ricky did well, and it’s nice to the Globes with a host – they haven’t had one in forever. The official critics are giving Ricky mixed reviews, though. So… he probably won’t be back.

Ricky Gervais and his wife Jane Fallon arrive at the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards

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  1. Dorothy says:

    He was great! I can’t wait for his HBO show. I loved Extras!!!!

  2. Katalina76 says:

    I thought he was great. If the Golden Globes don’t have him back, I hope some other awards show picks him up. And I was wondering about Butler and Aniston were there together. They seemed to be very cozy on stage together, no?

  3. Dorothy says:

    Don’t you think Katalina, that Gerard seemed surprised when she was a little flirty on stage? Makes me think she was doing it for the public attention… IDK I think they would make a cute couple…

  4. Jack says:

    yes, they were there together because they promote the ´the bountyhunter´ .. so nooo..they are not together
    christina aguilera and cher were also there TOGETHER because they promote burlesque

  5. lisa says:

    He said again in an interview backstage.. THAT THEY ARE NOT A COUPLE..

    MAN how many times does the man have to shout it to the world. He said the did a photo spread for I think W magazine.. or something. She is not his type. And he seemed a bit pissed that they keep asking him about her.


  6. Firestarter says:

    I like Ricky’s humor, although I didn’t catch much of it last night. Extras was funny! Miss that show.

  7. lucy2 says:

    I thought Ricky was good, and I actually thought the Paul divorce joke was pretty funny. Sorry Paul, learn to roll with the punches a little.
    I was surprised how little air time Ricky actually got, but he did well with what he had.
    I don’t get the speculation about Jen and Gerard – they were there promoting their upcoming movie, like several other actors were. I guess it’s just the usual, Jen can’t stand next to a guy without everyone claiming they’re dating. I didn’t even think they seemed flirty, just like 2 people who knew each other from working together for a while.

  8. Katalina76 says:

    I just thought it was cute how they were flirty. Why does everyone get so defensive? Sheesh. This is a gossip site, you know.

  9. Jazz says:

    I loved Ricky. I would love to see him maybe host the Oscars one day.

  10. Tess says:

    Loved Gervais and also wished he had more air time.

    Gibson, to his credit, wasn’t rattled by Gervais, and handled the moment with humor. Not so McCartney…he came off badly and I thought Anniston showed herself to be brittle and humorless.

    Love Jeff Bridges, whose uncosmetically altered features add depth to his performances.

    Thought Nicole looked good with her hair dark again…but too much botox….no real expression and her lips are too plumped.

    Getting tired of Meryl Streep’s schtick. She’s done it one time too many. Just accept graciously and get off the stage already.

  11. KelBear says:

    I like Ricky and as a surprise he kept it pretty tame last night. I don’t think any of his jokes were taken to far. I hope he gets to come back but who knows.

  12. ganjagirl says:

    gervais was great fun to watch. and paul mccartney has always had a cob up his a**.

  13. Darlene says:

    I thought Ricky did great. I laughed out loud several times and thought he was a breath of fresh air. I hope they bring him back!

  14. Mairead says:

    Strange, other reviews said Gervais didn’t go far enough! I’ve not seen it mind, but thought the quoted jokes and jibes were fun. At this stage the AJ jokes are turning into “an old ‘un, but a good ‘un” :lol:

    And ‘Sir’ Paul McCartney hasn’t had a sense of humour since 1967 – FACT!

    In 10 years time, Gerald Butler will be lucky to be remembered as “the guy from 300″. And would Rachel Greene rather be remembered as someone’s ex? Mind you, it could be just unfortunate editing that made them look caught up in their own hype. I wish they were a couple though. Just so I wouldn’t have to hear another damn word about who either of them might be going out with!

  15. Firestarter says:

    LOL@Mairead- “And ‘Sir’ Paul McCartney hasn’t had a sense of humour since 1967 – FACT!” So true, so true.

  16. L says:

    My mom loves Jennifer Aniston, but couldn’t name a single movie of hers. I think JA will just be remembered at the ‘ex-wife of Brad Pitt’

  17. girl says:

    I didn’t watch because I was busy but I love Gervais usually.

    After having read that, I have to ask. What?! No political humor? I’m dissappointed.

  18. Essie says:

    Ricky Gervais is NOT funny!!! Maybe he’s funny to the Brits but he’s not funny over here. If he were then his movies wouldn’t be such bombs. Now, they’ve tried him out at an awards show and he has proven to be unfunny there also. Please, can we not hear from him anymore? Ricky, honey, 2005 called and wants its jokes back!! What a prick!!

  19. gloaming says:

    He was hilarious. I hope he gets to host The Oscars someday.
    ‘Sugar Ti*s’ took the jibe really well, better than some of the others.

  20. andrea says:

    maybe he spared clooney b/c of his upcoming telethon? and, no, he didnt go too far. hell, he didnt go far enough. it’s a bunch of wildly over-compensated millionaires, many of whom are wackjobs, sitting in a room self-congratulating while dripping in diamonds and sitting next to buckets of moet. its a pretty ridiculous spectacle, if you think about it. im pretty sure a few (or many) jokes at their expense is a-ok.

  21. San says:

    I loved Ricky. I think he was very funny. He was perfect for the show.

  22. Sumodo says:

    Hey, L? I just remembered a movie Jen Aniston was in: “The Breakup!” Hahahaha!

  23. lucy2 says:

    I did find it funny that Ricky was so sarcastic about actors and Hollywood being SO important, but then James Cameron pretty much said it seriously in his speech! I kinda wanted to say, um, James, you did get those jokes, right?

  24. gg says:

    He is not funny to me and his looks are waaaay too distracting. I dunno if it’s the rat teeth or the fact that he looks like a woman in drag.

  25. Firestarter says:

    @L- No Aniston will not be remembered for being Brad Pitt’s ex, she will be remembered as Rachel from Friends.

  26. gg says:

    – Not that there’s anything wrong with that! :)

  27. apsutter says:

    He was fucking fantastic!!! The mel gibson joke was hilarious and I liked all his cracks at nbc….I loved the Jennifer aniston joke b/c she came out and was clearly super pissed about it..lol

  28. lennie says:

    I loved it. Rachel from Friends! (and Jennifer Aniston’s face!) I loved it!

  29. Kathie says:

    I love Ricky, he has an edge! If he doesn’t get invited back to the GG next year oh well! I don’t think he needs the gig that badly. I will keep on watching and laughing till I cry. British comedians have always been more apt to “go there” than others and I love them for it.

  30. BitterBetty says:

    LOL he hosted the evening like it was just a big ‘ol celebrity roast (and not some Hollywood butt licking orgy) so of course all the celebrities were cringing in their sits! lol IT WAS GRAND.

    My favorite zinger: “just looking @ all the faces here reminds me of some of the great work that’s been done this year… by cosmetic surgeons.” ahahaha hahaha

  31. snapdragon says:

    i, too, am on the gervais love train.

  32. clare says:

    I didn’t get to watch the show, so I’m only seeing the pictures here. But,did anyone notice if Ricky was as “hung” as the rumors go???
    Mel Gibson has always had a witty sense of humor. Did he bring Oxo-what’s her name?

  33. wow says:

    Ricky is awesome. Hollywood needs to get over itself. Some of those people had such a stick up their arses. They should have went along with it and laughed at themselves a la Mel Gibson.

    Ricky did a good job! Their loss if they don’t invite him back.

  34. Blitz says:

    I didn’t catch the show however I always love Gervais. The Office (BBC version), is in Tim Goodman’s top 10 shows of the 2000s, deservedly so imo. Love Extras too.

    Go Ricky!!!!

  35. DrM says:

    @ Essie where’s “over here?” The States? As the Globes state they are watched live in a zillion countries around the ‘globe’. British humour IS actual humor…as in its very amusing.
    Ricky Gervais was very funny my Kiwi husband spent the telecast cracking up and he had no idea who most of the actors were…except for M. Streep and H. Mirren whom he has huge toyboy type crushes on! :)

  36. wow says:

    I forgot to add that although I love Jennifer Anniston, I don’t get why she (or ANYONE for that matter) would be pissed at being recalled for a role that has made them MILLIONS. If that were me (or maybe even Kaiser too)I would have pranced out on stage with Gerard on my arm, thanked Ricky for remembering me as “Rachel from Friends” who no longer have to work a 9-5 job, presented the award and moon-walked off the stage in my Monolo’s.

    Why do these actors get so pissy? Some actors are still waiting for a break. I’d be happy just to be known for a memorable role if I were an actress. How is that insulting?

  37. Feebee says:

    Loved Ricky, the only thing that grated was the one too many plugs for his show/dvd etc. The Mel Gibson joke was the best and made better because Mel could take it and actually worked it. Pity the rest of the audience couldn’t take it nearly as well. The Paul McCartney one was a classic – didn’t know he didn’t have a sense of humour, I mean he married that stupid cow in the first place right?

  38. Cloe says:

    LOVED him. He did a great job! He was hilarious without jumping over the line tooo far. :)

  39. Carol says:

    Maybe I missed the rest of his reaction, but I thought Paul was playing along by making a sad face about riding in coach to save money. He looked to me like he was trying to join the joke. I thought he nodded, pretending it really happened. Did he do something afterwards to show displeasure that I missed?

  40. WTF?!? says:

    I thought he was hilarious, and even more so was the stick-up-the-butt reaction from JA. Priceless!

    @gg– I think there’s something sexy about him, but then I’ve always had a soft spot for the English blokes.

  41. corine says:

    I don’t think Aniston has a good sense of humor. She’s never been funny to me. She seemed peeved about the Rachel crack. I also noticed was how sour she looked when Sandra Bullock was giving her speech, while everyone else was smiling. BTW, I love Sandy and thought her speech was really sweet and moving. Sandra is the real deal–a true sweetheart.

  42. ViktoryGin says:

    @ Essie

    A little blanketed and presumptuous about what “we” think “over here”, aren’t we? Gervais’ movies have been lukewarm because he has yet to translate well to the silver screen. He television creds are fantastic, however, as most watchers of Extras will likely testify.

  43. blinditemreader says:

    Apparently McCartney hugged Gervais backstage after the joke. I think he was fine about it.

  44. canadianchick says:

    Love Ricky- thought he’d go way more over the line, but Brit humour is one of my favs.

  45. SisterAgnes says:

    ‘Rachel from Friends!. Hysterical. She did not look amused. The Mel Gibson joke was the best though, and it was good that he took it on the chin.

  46. Lita says:

    Hehe @Mairead’s inverted comma laden ‘Sir’ – Irish much ;o) Hehe

  47. Jess says:

    Ricky was awesome and should have poked fun at more of them. And I was trying to figure out why Aniston seemed so pissy on stage – I hadn’t tied it to Ricky’s intro. She really needs to relax!

  48. Elise says:

    I think Mel Gibson took his joke like a real champ. Aniston should take note. She seems like a stick in the mud; some actors have such sensitive egos.

    It’s hysterical that she has been in so many movies, but she always ends up being Rachel. That must sting. Hey, Aniston, why don’t you try acting?

  49. eternalcanadian says:

    he was uncouth and boorish. so tacky! big, fat, fail to him hosting the golden globes.

  50. linda k says:

    just read that mel was in on the joke…ricky had approached him before hand about it…so that’s why he took it so well…perhaps the others were not in their jokes and did not respond as well..

  51. daniel says:

    it was fab, i mean, what is an englishman at the end of the day if he cant roll out a tired old limping dog of an irish joke?