Ricky Gervais, renowned British comedian and creator of The Office, has now hosted the Golden Globes for a fourth time and has yet to pull his punches. Followers of Gervais's work will know that the Reading-born comedian, writer, producer and actor loves a bit of controversy -- something immediately apparent when he emerged in front of the nervous celebrities present at the Golden Globes this year.
As I've said -- Gervais loves to offend, but what are his best and worst moments from throughout his appearances at the Golden Globes? I've noted down a few, but have I missed any?
During his 2010 appearance at the Golden Globes, Ricky Gervais claimed he'd never be allowed to host again... I guess he was wrong. But during this particular appearance he made comments such as:
“Looking at all the wonderful faces here today reminds me of the great work that’s been done this year… by cosmetic surgeons.”
Moreover, the comic began what would later become something of a tradition, as he took on Mel Gibson himself:
“I hope I haven’t offended anyone. It’s not my fault [points at his drink]. I like a drink as much as the next man. Unless the next man is Mel Gibson."
If Ricky Gervais's 2010 performance was "offensive" then what do we call his display in 2011, when he managed to insult pretty much every A-Lister in attendance. Those in attendance were: Robert Downey Jr., Bruce Willis, Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, and Tom Cruise... to name a few. Among his personal jabs was a shot at Hugh Hefner:
"Talking of the walking dead, congratulations to Hugh Hefner, who is getting married at age 84 to 24-year-old beauty Crystal Harris. When asked why she was marrying him, she said, 'He lied about his age. He told me he was 94.' Just don't look at it when you touch it."
Ricky Gervais was back in 2012 and gave the hugely entertaining yet shockingly controversial performance expected by his audiences. Although admittedly Gervais did tone down his jokes compared to previous years. Walking out to a visibly perturbed audience, Gervais announced, "So where was I?"
Among his 2012 comments was the following shot aimed at Kim Kardashian:
"The Golden Globes are to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton. Bit louder, bit trashier, bit drunker, and more easily bought."
Gervais also took on Jodie Foster, making a reference to her sexuality:
“Jodie Foster’s Beaver. I haven't seen it myself. I've spoken to a lot of guys here, they haven't seen it either, but that doesn't mean it's not any good!”
But finally, the moment you've all been waiting for... Gervais was back this year and tore into the crowd like never before, opening with:
"You disgusting, pill-popping, sexual deviant scum."
Like it or not, that is one hell of an opening line!
Gervais had barely started his monologue when he mentioned Caitlyn Jenner, stating:
"I've changed... not as much as Bruce Jenner. Now Caitlyn Jenner, of course. What a year she's had! She's become a role model for trans people everywhere. [...] She didn't do a lot for women drivers."
Moreover, after referencing Jennifer Lawrence's comments on the gender pay gap in Hollywood, Gervais then said:
"All-female remakes are the big thing. There's a female remake of 'Ghostbusters,' there's going to be a female remake of 'Ocean's Eleven,' and this is brilliant for the studios because they get guaranteed box office results and they don't have to spend too much money on the cast."
Oh, the audience did not like that at all! Okay... some of them did. Despite the controversial comments, Ricky Gervais's 2016 appearance at the Golden Globes was seemingly a success and I'm sure we'll see him back again next year. But is that something to be excited about?