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Remember that whole Justin Bieber/Anne Frank comment?

Well Ricky Gervais weighs in … and you’re not going to want to miss it!


Posted Monday, April 15th, 2013 at 6:18pm
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He’s baaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

Guess who’s back as the host of the Golden Globes this year! Ricky Gervais!! After swearing he’d never return, looks like someone has had a change of heart. Ricky agreed to return under one condition: he would not be censored.

“I do it my way. I get final edit on everything. And everything I do turns out like I wanted,” Gervais tells Matt Lauer in an interview scheduled to air this morning on the Today Show. “And they don’t know what I’m gonna say. And they won’t know what I’m gonna say till I say it.”

Don’t expect him to tone it down on his own, though; after a mild first turn, turned on the insults (with hits at Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Robert Downey JrJohn Travolta and Tom Cruise, amongst others) and much preferred that approach.

“I got it a bit wrong I think the first time. I tried too hard with the shtick, the comedy, and I should have just gone out there and done zingers, I think, because the attention span of someone at an award show, particularly the Golden Globe, is about a second,” he tells Lauer. “They’re drinkin’, they’re talkin’, they’re seein’ someone. You know, you’ve gotta grab their attention. It’s not a great place for a comedian to play because they’ve got other things on their mind. They’re there to see if they’ve won an award, but they don’t wanna see this guy come out and telling jokes. Certainly not jokes at their expense.”

In a blog entry in November, Gervais promised some more carnage.

“Now here’s the thing. The outrage I caused was of course, as usual, totally out of proportion to the things I said. I don’t think anyone had any right to be offended but they were,” he wrote. “This year I’m going to make sure their offence is completely justified. The best thing about it is writing the gags. I love writing one liners. Particularly when they can’t be used in any other context. It gives them a special weight on the night if you know what I mean.”

I’m thrilled he’s coming back as the host. Last year’s Golden Globes was about the best an awards show has ever been. It was entertaining and light – and yes, sometimes crass – but heck – we talked about it for almost a year! I so much prefer the Golden Globes to the Oscars. The Oscars are just way too stuffy and boring. The GG’s are so much more exciting!


Posted Friday, January 6th, 2012 at 8:08am
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You knew this was going to happen…

According to several sources, the Hollywood Foreign Press has asked Ricky Gervais to host the Golden Globes for a third year in a row.

Last year Gervais shook Hollywood to the core by being a fearless host. He took jabs at stars such as Robert Downey Jr. (for his history of substance abuse problems), John Travolta and Tom Cruise (for Scientology), Charlie Sheen, and more.

Hollywood, it seems, is a collective glutton for punishment — so long as it means lots of attention coming its way.

According to the NY Post, Ricky Gervais, who gave a Hollywood-shaking, fearless performance as host of last year’s Golden Globes, has been asked to return by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for a third year as master of ceremonies. Gervais added to the story later in the morning by tweeting the article and adding, “Ooooooh! The plot thickens… Thoughts?”

“This year, I went about right. If anyone was offended, then I don’t care,” he said afterward.

“All the same conspiracy theories as last year too… ‘So and so was offended’ … ‘hasn’t been invited back yet’… exactly the same as last time. ‘Paul McCartney was furious’… no he wasn’t. And nor was Tim Allen and Tom Hanks,” he wrote on his blog. “I was drinking with them after. Why do people have to embellish? They’re allowed to say they hated it. They’re allowed to say they didn’t find it funny, that it was tasteless, over the top, or whatever. But why do they speculate and make stuff up?”

Following the ceremony, HFPA President Philip Berk said, “He definitely crossed the line. And some of the things were totally unacceptable. But that’s Ricky… I had absolutely no idea what Ricky was going to say so anything I heard was heard was the same time you heard it. When you hire Ricky Gervais, you expect the unexpected.”

What that meant for the next year was hard to say. Gervais, for his part, remarked that he probably wouldn’t return to the show, but if he did, he would “go mental.”

Of COURSE they invited him back. People talked about his hosting job for six months after the show aired! It was the most exciting awards show I’ve probably ever seen. THAT is what would get people to tune in again. Awards shows (like the Oscars *cough*) have gotten downright dreadful. I hope they do bring Ricky back on – it will be awesome!


Posted Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 at 2:14pm
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Ricky Gervais discusses the Golden Globes and Atheism in the new Rolling Stone

In the new issue of Rolling Stone, Ricky Gervais sets the record straight about his controversial Golden Globes monologue. “If you can’t tease the richest, most powerful people in the world, who can be the butt of your jokes?'” he asks. “It was six or seven one-liners, throwaways I wrote in an hour. It was nothing. Let’s go through them one by one. Johnny Depp wasn’t offended. I’ve spoken to him about five times since. Hugh Hefner tweeted he wasn’t offended. I can’t imagine Bruce Willis being offended. I did nothing wrong. I know I didn’t!”

Other highlights:

-Even though he’s the producer and creator of The Office, he didn’t freak out when Steve Carrell announced that he was leaving. “It’s probably expected of me, as executive producer, to try and persuade him to stay,” Gervais said. “But I sent him an e-mail saying, ‘I think you’re doing the right thing.'”

-He’s been an atheist ever since he was eight. It wound up helping him when a test audience gave an early version of The Office the lowest rating in the history of the BBC. He refused to change a word of it. “I’ve always done exactly what I wanted,” he says. “Which is important for an atheist, because there’s nothing else. No reward later. My reward is the here and now. It’s me that’s got to sleep with me, only me.”

-Just two things make Gervais’ blood boil: religious fanaticism and animal cruelty. “I cheer when a matador gets gored,” he says.

The full article appears in the new Rolling Stone, on newsstands Friday.

Posted Thursday, March 31st, 2011 at 7:07am
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