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Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 01/17/2011

Should Ricky Gervais return as Golden Globes host?

By Jen Chaney

Complete Globes coverage | Gallery: Show highlights | Chat transcript

It was challenging to keep track of all the celebrities and institutions that Ricky Gervais insulted during his second year as Golden Globes host. But here's a partial list: Charlie Sheen, Cher, Johnny Depp, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Hurley from "Lost," Heather Mills, Bruce Willis, Scientology, Hugh Hefner, Hugh Hefner's fiancee, Sandra Bullock and Tim Allen. Oh, and God. He tossed that in, too.

Gervais was so harsh during certain moments that, when he was absent from the telecast for a while, viewers wondered whether he'd been fired mid-gig. He eventually returned and squashed that conspiracy theory. But the question lingers: Was Gervais cuttingly amusing or just unnecessarily mean? Another important question also remains: Should he be asked back again as host next year?

Honestly, as The Post's Hank Stuever notes in his review of the telecast, it seems unlikely he'll be elected to a third hosting term. After all, it's one thing to make jokes about Mel Gibson. It's another to suggest on live television that the president of the Foreign Press Association wears dentures and is incontinent.

According to the L.A. Times, though, Gervais has no regrets.

"Did I think twice about any of [the jokes]? No I didn't. I'd say any of that to their faces, I'd walk up to them and say it," he said at an after-party. "That's the test for me. And it's in good fun."

Whether Gervais's remarks were taken in good fun or not, the truth is that the Globes could motor along just fine without a host, and have in the past. The Foreign Press also could decide to try an entirely new model -- one that involves asking multiple stars, like that delightful Robert Downey Jr. -- to take turns doing some shtick.

But before anyone starts planning how the 2012 Globes should go, we want you to weight in: Should Gervais remain the host of this fluffy, fizzy awards show or is it time for him to step down?


By Jen Chaney  | January 17, 2011; 12:45 PM ET
Categories:  Awards Season, Movies, TV  | Tags:  Golden Globes  
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Comments

I think Ricky Gervais should not have twisted the comedic knife so deep into the A-listers, personally I think it's bad for business, but hey man that's just me.

Posted by: steve_real | January 17, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

There were plenty of us watching who thoroughly enjoyed the fact that Gervais wasn't worshiping at the celebrity altar and poked merciless and unyielding fun at the pretentiousness and self importance of, for god sake, ACTORS. These are people who play dress up and make believe FOR A LIVING. Pricking their balloon of self aggrandizement takes a very very very sharp stick. Gervais was right. Robert Downey Jr. is a drug addict and former convict. Even the star power of Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp can't make a lousy movie a box office hit. And much of what's good about American TV and movies has been cribbed from other cultures and countries. Gervais was yelling that the Emperor is buck naked. Self-important critics need to get over themselves and laugh along with the rest of us -- who weren't made uncomfortable watching the acting job of the room's audience, when they tried to tackle the role of "good sport." Now that's acting that should get an award! These people get paid huge sums of money for an essentially worthless job: to play act for us. The least they can do is take a little ribbing with good humor and grace. Gervais was the perfect stand in for the TV audience who would have said the very same things, only not quite so eloquently or with such great comedic timing. (BTW, did they fire all the Post's copy editors? This piece needs some cleaning up.)

Posted by: BeverlyC2 | January 17, 2011 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I thought he was rude and not funny. Never heard of him before last fall.

Posted by: azumaguy | January 17, 2011 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Lord willing, Gravis won't be asked back next year. Alcohol and atheism are a bad combo.

Posted by: hamishdad | January 17, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

No, hamishdad, alcohol and atheism go together like God and gullibility. But do you know what *is* a bad combo?

One red shoe and one green shoe.

Posted by: byoolin1 | January 17, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

BeverlyC2, it's one thing to say such stuff in his own show, it's another to say that as host of the Golden Globes, where many of his victims had to passively endure the humiliation w/o any chance to hit back. See it that way: If Gervais would be reinvited back next year, many stars would skip the show. And that would be the end of it!

If he had any sense of responsibility, Gervais would have thought of that. But, judging from his own statements, he simply gives a sh**. That's an intolerable attitude for a host. So, no comeback. And prolly retaliations. Well deserved.

Posted by: Gray62 | January 17, 2011 1:40 PM | Report abuse

BeverlyC2, it's one thing to say such stuff in his own show, it's another to say that as host of the Golden Globes, where many of his victims had to passively endure the humiliation w/o any chance to hit back. See it that way: If Gervais would be reinvited back next year, many stars would skip the show. And that would be the end of it!

If he had any sense of responsibility, Gervais would have thought of that. But, judging from his own statements, he simply gives a sh**. That's an intolerable attitude for a host. So, no comeback. And prolly retaliations. Well deserved.

Posted by: Gray62 | January 17, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I thought he was hysterical.

Posted by: stella117 | January 17, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, he was good. A real test of someone's character is if they can laugh at themselves, a test which the President of the Foreign Press Association failed.

Posted by: eeepc | January 17, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

The show got much better when Gervais disappeared. Ive tried to watch him in a variety of settings and I don't find him funny. I doubt he'll be back.

Posted by: Sixy20 | January 17, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Much as I love James Franco and Anne Hathaway I wish Ricky were hosting the Oscars.

Posted by: cllr | January 17, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Which begs the bigger question, in a city where Hollywood actors make fantastical money and out of work actors down the road live in abject poverty, and let’s not even bother mentioning the downtown mecca that is skid row, nor those individuals watching from home, whom most of are still struggling for mortal survival in prolonged unsettling economic circumstances what exactly is appropriate?

The divide between the lavished and revered and those left to fend for themselves in an environment that offers little yield hasn’t been this wide in a while and sometimes it takes a comedian, especially a foreign one who secretly revels in letting America know that the joke is really on them.

So yeah, Ashton Kutcher is Bruce Willis' make believe son, I bet the world is still laughing...oh dear.

http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2011/01/ricky-gervais-is-no-longer-welcomed-in-america/

Posted by: zoezoe123 | January 17, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's just me, but Gervais seems to've gone from being almost sneakily irreverent, which was cleverly amusing, to being out-and-out rude, insulting and condescending, which is pretty boorish.

Posted by: OttoDog | January 17, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Maybe when you're hosting an awards show, you shouldn't insult all the stars present and God.

Mean sometimes doesn't pass for comedy.

It appears that he didn't want to be invited back.

Posted by: postfan1 | January 17, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

While Ricky was mean/rude, who was the guy who thought wearing a hat indoors, at the table with ladies and while on stage accepting an award? He too challenges Ricky for the most @%*4## up person.

Talk about manners!!!

Posted by: kidvid | January 17, 2011 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I don't have a problem with someone poking fun at the establishment, but there was no genuine wit or humor. He was just crass and painful to watch, hurling blunt insults with no attempt at being sharply oblique or trying any wordplay or using any double entendres. He should take a lesson from Robert Downey, Jr. or even de Niro this year. Those are the guys who brought the laughs, and they were pretty irreverent too.

Posted by: JasmineKohli | January 17, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse


Which begs the bigger question, in a city where Hollywood actors make fantastical money and out of work actors down the road live in abject poverty, and let’s not even bother mentioning the downtown mecca that is skid row, nor those individuals watching from home, whom most of are still struggling for mortal survival in prolonged unsettling economic circumstances what exactly is appropriate?

The divide between the lavished and revered and those left to fend for themselves in an environment that offers little yield hasn’t been this wide in a while and sometimes it takes a comedian, especially a foreign one who secretly revels in letting America know that the joke is really on them.

So yeah, Ashton Kutcher is Bruce Willis' make believe son, I bet the world is still laughing...oh dear.

http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2011/01/ricky-gervais-is-no-longer-welcomed-in-america/

Posted by: zoezoe123 | January 17, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone think this was not scripted? Ricky Gervais did exactly what he was paid to do----make fun of overpaid gas bags. SCORE! The only ones apparently scarred by his antics are award show critics and movie star fans. The stars enjoyed it, even if their tongue and cheek responses ( Robert Downey Jr. ) fooled the easily duped public. Hope he's back next year.

Posted by: popsharris | January 17, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Oh, no he didn't...

Did mean ol' Ricky make fun of your rich, pampered celebrities...and your invisible little old man in the sky too?

Say it ain't so.

Here's a help line for you: 1-800-WAAA!

Posted by: aarrrrrrg | January 17, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Nothing like the truth to light up a place - like striking a match in a room full of flatus.

Posted by: TrufSamich | January 17, 2011 4:31 PM | Report abuse

There's a difference between miscievous ribbing and snarky insults. Gervais crossed it; perhaps a little less beer might have improved his judgment. I doubt he will be invited back.

Posted by: Omyobama | January 17, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Celebrities and other public figures, whose failings are well known, are proper subjects for jokes. But I thought it was nasty to go after the president of the press association that way. He's not a celebrity and really hasn't signed up for that sort of treatment. And at whom was that joke aimed, when 99.99% of the audience knew nothing about the target of the joke? Moreover, what was the point of the joke? That the president of the press association is old (if he is)? That he has health problems (if he does)? Not funny.

Posted by: AdrianMole | January 17, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Losers like Charlie Sheen, Mel Gibson and Hugh Hefner deserve all of the abuse heaped on them. Geez, he just said things that we're all saying to ourselves anyway. The stuff with Robert Downey Jr and the Tourist was a little riskier, but I don't think any of those stars would have a problem with it. And as for the Scientology comments, he never named names. Personally, I like Ricky's brand of snark.

Posted by: msame | January 17, 2011 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I think he should go after EVERYONE, especially the flamers on Glee.

Posted by: taonima2000 | January 17, 2011 5:38 PM | Report abuse

In response to taonima, he should not go after everybody. He is not a bully. the people who got zapped by Gervais were all adults and all part of the entertainment industry. I believe you have severe problems if you think it is funny to tease children over their God given sexuality.

Posted by: popsharris | January 17, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

In response to taonima, he should not go after everybody. He is not a bully. the people who got zapped by Gervais were all adults and all part of the entertainment industry. I believe you have severe problems if you think it is funny to tease children over their God given sexuality.

Posted by: popsharris | January 17, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Uh, people watch the Golden Globes? That bored, are we? Glad i have something to do. If I didn't, i could easily find something.
By the way, you're country/world is falling apart.

Posted by: oo7 | January 17, 2011 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I hope Gervais is invited back to host the Golden Globes. I like his brand of humor and he should make fun of the celebrities in attendance. The God comment didn't bother me at all.

Posted by: chrissieroty | January 17, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm usually a big fan of RG, but last night he simply wasn't funny. It was just mean, and there was pretty much nothing clever or creative or witty in his comments.

I totally understand that things can manage to be mean AND funny, but he totally missed the boat last night. It just all felt kind of petty and ugly.

Rudeness doesn't automatically equal funny, nor does outrageousness, nor does snarkiness. It takes something more, which he usually has. But not last night.

Posted by: AnnieDC | January 17, 2011 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh please, ditch all the huffiness.

He's the emcee of an awards show put on by a small group with a rep for trading nominations and winner selections for cash. This group is the laughing stock of Hollywood. The audience for the most part is a bunch of self-important, overpaid actors for geez sake, who get their pants all knotted up because someone had fun at their expense.

He was funny and insulting. Quite the fit combo for the occasion and audience, I think.

Posted by: kim4 | January 17, 2011 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I don't have a problem with snark, but this just wasn't clever OR funny. It was just bad comedy.

Posted by: floof | January 17, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

that so many people find his nasty and mean comments funny is a sign of the times . . . by all means have him back, I'm clearly not the audience they want, so I will do other, better things, with my time than listen to nasty, mean and insulting comments masquerading as humor . . . I leave that to all the folks who love that kind of crap.

Posted by: RBCrook | January 17, 2011 7:57 PM | Report abuse

The essence of great comedy is that it is based in truth; Gervais is able to insult these celebrities because they put themselves in the situation to be insulted. Not one thing he said last night was not based 100% in self indulgence by and self aggrandizement of the Hollywood establishment.

If you have ever seen his stand up act, Gervais is a master of making fun of the absurdity of human behavior. What group of people is more absurd than those in that audience last night. And, his remarks about The Tourist were bang on; unfortunately my wife and I had to spend $18 to discover that awful truth.

Posted by: bobfbell | January 17, 2011 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Too right, RG should return.

Hollywood showed its true colours by throwing its toys out of the pram, simply because it couldn't take a few 'lipstick on a pig' jokes.

I wonder who should be more offended, Robert Downey Jr. for his self-inflicted substance abuse problems and then being called out on it or Julianne Moore for having to listen to the same Jr. publicly comment that he wanted to shag her?

He's a true class act.

Finally the public got what it seldom gets from Hollywood these days - an entertaining couple of hours.

All I can say is thank your god for torrent sites - because I didn't see best picture nominee, 'The Tourist,' but I did see non-nominee, 'The Black Swan' and if Hollywood can't get its priorities right, I'll determine my priorities on their behalf.

Posted by: thetroubleboys | January 18, 2011 5:13 AM | Report abuse

The fact that 71% of respondents to the poll (as of 8:54 est) thought Gervais was funny and he should be brought back restores my faith in humanity!
Only stick in the muds, "stars", and critics did not like him.

Posted by: Iowahoosier | January 18, 2011 8:54 AM | Report abuse

I only watch the show to see him, without him I won't watch at all...How come we don't hear this kind of outrage at people like Kathy griffin...I didn't hear a single person compain, when she said her reward was her God...hmmmm, Ricky is so funny, and this won't hurt him at all, and if Robert Downy doesn't like it, then stay out of trouble. its not like its some big secret.

Posted by: queen_marcy | January 18, 2011 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Rude or not, he was simply not funny other than the Tom Hanks/Tim Allen joke.

Posted by: mooselman | January 18, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Ricky Gervais was great.

As for insulting God, am I really the only one that sees the irony in Gervais thanking God for making him an atheist?

Really?

Posted by: NewYorkMom1 | January 18, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Well, honestly, most of his jokes were kind of dated, but how does the HFPA hire this man not knowing that being kinda mean is this guy's schtick? It's just like when Stephen Colbert was hired for the White House Correspondents Dinner and everyone was shocked - SHOCKED, I TELL YOU - by how cutting his performance was. Do your homework, press associations, and don't be surprised when the people you hire act the same way they act when they do stand-up.

Posted by: rj2835a | January 18, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh no the poor little people of Babylon got their feelings hurt by Ricky Gervaise.

Truth is good.

Posted by: TBOregon | January 18, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Very funny. That's all I can say.

Posted by: tundey | January 18, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I agree with floof... he just isn't funny! And why should we, the TV audience, need to listen to the actors getting blitzed? That can be done at a roast when only they need to hear it. We at home should be entertained with comedy, not snarks.

Posted by: flynns2 | January 18, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I just watched the monologue, and I don't think it was that bad. He makes fun of people, but apart from the Hugh Hefner joke (which was way too vulgar for prime time), I don't think any of it crossed the line. Not that funny, though.

Posted by: themegnapkin | January 18, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Ricky was no worse than last year, and he didn't hold back then, either. Watch his stand-up and see just how politically incorrect he can be. There are no holds barred on anyone or anything. Ricky isn't David Brent.

Posted by: kvasir42 | January 18, 2011 10:11 PM | Report abuse

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