Did you happen to see Ricky Gervais hosting the golden globes last night? It is said he did it without a script. He was very funny, bitingly funny, and it is quite possible that he went too far in his roasting of some of the presenters (his main job was introducing presenters). Not being very knowledgeable about Hollywood and stuff, I did not get most of his jokes, so I have no idea. It does seem, though, that some of the presenters reacted as though this was the case.
However, it is also true that he ended his presentation, as the credits were starting to roll by, with the statement “I thank god … that he made me an atheist.”
So, given the way things work ’round here, we have to ask the question: Is the fact that Ricky Gervais is getting roasted in American Newspapers and on the AM news shows (and he is) because he was being a dick or because he is godless?
Did you see it? Have you observed any Gervais roasting? What do you think?
Apparently, there is at least something of a move to actually blacklist Gervais in Hollywood by the Hollywood Foreign Press.
“Ricky will not be invited back to host the show next year, for sure,” a member of the HFPA tells me, adding that Gervais’ relentlessly mean shtick could have even larger consequences. “For sure any movie he makes he can forget about getting nominated. He humiliated the organization last night and went too far with several celebrities whose representatives have already called to complain.”
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Fancy that. A foreign press association blacklisting a British comedian on American soil. Well, if that’s the way they want it, I’ll not be watching the Golden Globes again, ever. Never watched them before, either … I only did this time because I wanted to see Ricky Gervais.
What I find most amazing is this: The primary victim of Gervais’s roasting commentary was Mel Gibson. Getting upset becasue someone trashes Mel Gibson is like getting upset that someone has taken out the trash.