Ricky Gervais vows more outrage at Golden Globes

LOS ANGELES Thu Nov 17, 2011 6:06pm EST

Golden Globe Awards host Ricky Gervais arrives at the 68th annual Golden Globes Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 16, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Golden Globe Awards host Ricky Gervais arrives at the 68th annual Golden Globes Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 16, 2011.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Ricky Gervais says he wants to improve on his controversial performance at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards -- by being even more outrageous the next time around.

The British comedian said his third time hosting the annual Hollywood awards ceremony in January 2012 would definitely be his last.

But he is aiming to go out with a bang.

"They must be mad. Not sure if I'm flattered that they trust me or insulted that they trust me. Either way...they shouldn't trust me," Gervais said in a statement on Thursday.

The caustic creator of TV mockumentary "The Office" last year insulted Golden Globe organizers with jokes about bribes and took shots Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie's critically-panned movie "The Tourist" that was up for a Golden Globe nomination.

Many of the jokes in the televised broadcast fell flat with the gala audience of A-list stars. The president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hosts the event, said afterward that Gervais would not return.

"I don't think anyone had the right to be offended but they were. This year I'm going to make sure their offense is completely justified," Gervais said on his blog on Thursday.

He asked fans to pass on their "favorite targets for the monologue."

After Golden Globe organizers announced he'd be back one day earlier, Gervais wasted little time in tweaking more ribs in Hollywood. He posted a Twitter message saying that he told Oscars host, comedian Billy Crystal: "He'd better not use any of my holocaust or pedophile material" at the Academy Awards ceremony in February 2012.

Gervais also gloated over being invited back again, saying it was a tough decision for him because "I was worried that I couldn't improve on last year."

"What actually tipped the balance and made me say yes, was the fact that it would shut up all those...idiots who said that I'd never be invited back," he wrote on his blog.

His hiring will be either a problem for celebrities and Golden Globe organizers or a stroke of genius for the NBC television network that airs the awards show if more people tune in just to see what Gervais says.

The timing also will be good publicity for the comedian's new TV venture, "Life's Too Short" which will make its U.S. debut on HBO in early 2012.

Gervais' new show is a documentary-style comedy about the life of a showbusiness dwarf, featuring 3 ft 6in (1.07 meter) actor Warwick Davis as a version of himself.

Johnny Depp also appears on the TV show in a cameo role as himself, sparring with Gervais over his money-making career and suggesting that, for at least one Hollywood star, all is forgiven.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

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Comments (5)
liamcole wrote:
Why do people take stuff so serious? They earn quite a healthy living, if Gervais was in Africa poking fun at little African kids or walking around pushing people with disabilities to the floor then i would say ok fair point. he’s terrible. But hes just ribbing people who pretend to be someone else for a living. what’s wrong with that? All his jokes where fine listen to them carefully, the rehab/jail joke people say was the worst. The guy went to rehab and jail and Ricky just pointed that out he never criticised him for it. The poster air brushing for sex and no titties them women are old. Why are they trying to hide it.. Because people are shallow, especially Hollywood, they live in a blurred reality and just because they choose to do so it doesn’t mean we all do, keep it real and that’s exactly what Gervais done. We should all back him he’s from the uk representing us in the USA, he came from nothing and achieved a considerable amount he’s achived far more success than most and he’s a true inspiration to young budding comedians. People shouldn’t take life so seriously.

Nov 17, 2011 6:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
EQReynolds wrote:
How droll.

When one must work to be “outrageous” what is that really all about?

How about something REALLY outrageous, try CIVILITY.

Now THERE’S something that might get me not only to watch the Golden Globe show, but actually ENJOY the experience. There is nothing REMOTELY entertaining about seeing the talent in the room squirm. Getting the award and being invited to the ceremonies should be an accolade, not a source of dread.

Nov 17, 2011 7:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sickofbieber wrote:
Humiliating people isn’t funny, even if they’re celebrities. It’s a sad reflection on our society that so many people- 2 out of 3 apparently, find this funny. He sounds like a smug jerk. If anyone wants to tell me I’m taking things too serious, please don’t bother. I know I’m in the minority. It’s sad. In a time where there is increasing awareness of bullying in schools, there are still people like gervais insulting people at a public event. Being funny must be too hard for him. Cheap shots are easy.

Nov 17, 2011 7:46pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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