Ricky Gervais’ most scathing Golden Globes burns

27 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Are the Golden Globes trying to one-up the Oscars with Ricky Gervais?.

Gervais — best known to Americans as the creator of the original, British version of “The Office” — hosted three consecutive years from 2010 to 2012, always creating a controversy on social media and during the ceremony. Unabashedly willing to say the meanest things (or, one could argue, the truth) about the celebrities both in attendance and far, far away, he’s sure to create a similar stir this January. “It is an honor to be here in a room with what I consider to be the most important people on the planet: actors. The British star previously hosted the ceremony from 2010-2012 before he was replaced by former Saturday Night Live stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who fronted the show for two years. While the women held the mantle for the next two years, it was revealed on Monday (26Oct15) that Ricky would be returning once again. “Tina and Amy are a hard act to follow but Ricky is completely fearless and entirely up for the job,” NBC’s president of alternative and late-night Paul Telegdy said, according to Deadline. “He always did us proud.

They’re just better than ordinary people, aren’t they?” “Some of those scenes (in “24”) where Kiefer (Sutherland) grabs someone and beats them to a pulp, they weren’t even in the script. Ricky, 54, upset many Hollywood A-listers with his pointed barbs during his first stint as presenter, but his comedic comments hit the headlines and drew big audiences for the telecast, and the star previously admitted that he liked being the man in the hot seat. But his hiring can still be viewed as a small poke in the eye (or, since this is Gervais, call it a middle-finger salute) to the film academy, which last week announced its choice of Chris Rock to host the 2016 Oscars.

Notably, both the academy and the HFPA have now hired hosts who will undoubtedly take shots at the organizations that invited them during their respective ceremonies. Hosting the Oscars in 2005, Rock noted how remarkable it was to have four black actors honored with Oscar nominations that year. (Jamie Foxx was nominated twice that year.) “It’s kind of like the Def Oscar jam tonight,” he joked, less than a minute into his opening monologue. You can bet that the academy will be a repeated target if, like last year (#OscarsSoWhite), it comes up short or completely empty (again) when it comes to the diversity of its nominees. But it seems the show executives have been able to persuade him otherwise. “Ricky Gervais left us with a lasting impression and we are thrilled to have him back in our show as we honour the best in film and television,” HFPA president Lorenzo Soria told Deadline. “His off-the-cuff wit and quirky charm will surely have the room and audiences around the world at the edge of their seats.” Ricky has yet to comment on the announcement but he did retweet a picture posted by the Golden Globes that showed a cartoon silhouette of him with the words “He’s back!” across the front. Rock also managed to offend at least one actor in attendance that year when, after making a joke about Jude Law’s ubiquitous presence in movies, Sean Penn came to his defense on stage. (“Forgive my lack of humor,” Penn grumped. “Jude Law is one of our most talented actors.”) But Rock’s ridicule was mild to the way Gervais repeatedly roasted the HFPA — and Hollywood — over the years.

After the inert romantic-thriller “The Tourist” inexplicably won three nominations in 2010, Gervais joked, “I’d like to quash this ridiculous rumor going around that the only reason ‘The Tourist’ was nominated was so the HFPA could hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. Nothing’s been proved.” “We can recall back when Ricky Gervais was a slightly chubby but very kind comedian,” Hanks said after a 2011 potshot. “Neither of which he is now,” Allen added. My lawyers helped me with the wording of that joke.” “One of the biggest events in TV this year was the finale of ‘Lost’ and all the questions were answered. He’s the star of ‘Iron Man,’ ‘Two Guys and a Girl,’ ‘Wonderboys.’ Sorry, are these porn films? ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,’ ‘Bowfinger,’ really? ‘Up the Academy,’ come on. But when the man who says yes to ‘Norbit’ says no to you, you know you’re in trouble.” (On “Boardwalk Empire.”) “For those who don’t know, it’s about a load of immigrants who came to America about 100 years ago, and they got involved in bribery and corruption, and they worked their way into high society.

Please welcome, the evil Colin Firth!” “The Hollywood Foreign Press have warned me that if I insult any of you or any of them or offend any viewers or cause any controversy whatsoever, they’ll definitely invite me back next year.”

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