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Monday
Jan162012

Ricky Gervais Roasts Hollywood: Golden Globes Host’s 8 Best Zingers

Mark Davis/Getty Images for smartwater(LOS ANGELES) -- English comedian Ricky Gervais was in biting form for the Golden Globes, the awards show that has become the film and television industry’s most high profile roast.

Before the festivities began, Gervais claimed he wasn’t there to “annoy” anyone. Perhaps not, but Jodie Foster didn’t look altogether pleased with one particular line from his opening bit.

About halfway through the monologue, Gervais said event organizers had given him some rules and guidelines for the evening.

Among them:

“I musn’t mention Mel Gibson this year. Not his private life, not his politics, not his recent films, and especially not Jodie Foster’s ‘Beaver.’ I haven’t seen it myself” — at which point Foster gave a thumbs up. After a beat, he said: “I’ve spoken for a lot of guys here, they haven’t seen it either. But that doesn’t mean it’s not any good.” Foster did not look entirely pleased.

Gervais had started off with one for NBC.

“Tonight you get Britain’s biggest comedian, hosting the world’s second biggest awards show, on America’s third biggest network… (beat) Sorry, fourth.”

Later on in the monologue, he came to reality queen 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. Allegedly.”

Low-hanging fruit, but Gervais collected it well.

On to Justin Bieber he said, “The only way that he could have impregnated a girl is if he borrowed one of Martha Stewart’s turkey basters.”

Gervais, sharing the stage with Johnny Depp, had a question: “Have you seen ‘The Tourist’ yet?”

“Uh … no,” Depp, star of the movie, mumbled in response.

“There’s a pecking order here,” Gervais explained. “TV ’round the edge. Movie stars in the middle.” Then he introduced George Clooney, a “rare” person who “managed to move all the way from the back, when he was on ‘ER,’ to right down the front.”

The ol’ seven second delay came in handy when Gervais, introducing Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek, said he couldn’t “understand a f*****g word they say!”

“What you don’t know about him is, is he’s very racist. Very. I mean, really, nasty stuff. Also, I’ve seen him punch a little blind kitten. Please welcome the evil Colin Firth.” And with that, out came Colin Firth.

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Sunday
Jan152012

Nominees Excited for Ricky Gervais Jabs Ahead of the Golden Globes

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Who’s afraid of Ricky Gervais? Not “Modern Family’s” Manny, actor Rico Rodriguez. “Last year he was funny,” he told ABCNews.com at Saturday’s GBK gift lounge at the L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills. “He’s going to bring it back, he’s going to, woo!” Rodriguez said, swinging his fist through the air as if to demonstrate all the egos the insult-happy comic will punch.

Eric Stonestreet, who plays Cam on “Modern Family” and is up for a best supporting actor Globe Sunday night, agreed with his on-screen nephew. “I think he’s great, awesome, and I can’t wait to hear what he has to say,” he said. “I’m not worried about it in any way. He’s a comedian. I think we all should be able to laugh it off.”

First time attendee Shailene Woodley, who’s nominated for a best supporting actress Globe for “The Descendants,” went so far as to say Hollywood should take a beating from Gervais year-round.

“I’m excited for Ricky Gervais and I think he should be the host for every awards show,” she said. “Even the Oscars.”

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Thursday
Jan122012

Ricky Gervais Ready to Rip Hollywood at Golden Globe Awards

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Ricky Gervais appears to be ready to deliver even more caustic comments about Hollywood's elite this Sunday when he hosts the Golden Globe Awards ceremony for the third time.

The New York Post reports Gervais, who caught Hollywood heat last year for his jokes about certain celebrities, tells the new issue of Esquire, “They’re the wealthiest, most privileged people in the world.  Offense is taken, not given.”

Charlie Sheen, Robert Downey Jr., Bruce Willis, Tim Allen and Sylvester Stallone were targets of the British comedian’s barbs.  

Referring to last year’s ceremony, Gervais says, “Imagine if I had gone out there and said, ‘We’re all in the same gang.  Aren’t we brilliant?  Us millionaires together’...I’m not a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  I’m a wolf in wolf’s clothing.”

Gervais says he has zero regrets about razzing the A-listers, adding, “I stand by everything.  You can apologize for things you do when you’re 15, but not when you’re 50.”

He goes on to say, “I think Hollywood’s gotten more reactionary and conservative over the years, because there’s no longer art in Hollywood.”

The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony will air on NBC this Sunday, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Wednesday
Nov162011

Ricky Gervais Going Back to Golden Globes

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- He’s baaaaack: Ricky Gervais will host the Golden Globes for the third year in a row.

Gervais’ stint helming the 2011 Globes drew criticism when he insulted pretty much all the A-listers in attendance. He recently evoked ire again by posting a slew of jokes on Twitter that some Down’s Syndrome groups found offensive.

Don’t expect him to clean up his act for the January show. Minutes after the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced they’d tapped Gervais to host the 2012 ceremony, Gervais tweeted, “Just told Billy Crystal he’d better not use any of my holocaust or pedophile material at The Oscars. He agreed (true).”

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Friday
Nov042011

Ricky Gervais to Host Golden Globes Again?

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It just may be that Ricky Gervais will return as host of the Golden Globes, suggests the New York Post.

NBC’s head of specials and the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association reportedly were spotted wining and dining the British comedian in Paris.

Gervais rubbed some people the wrong way when he made snarky jokes at the expense of celebrities when he last hosted the Globes early this year.

NBC has so far declined to comment on the report.

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Wednesday
Oct192011

Ricky Gervais Angers Down’s Syndrome Groups with Tweets

Meghan Sinclair/Team Coco(NEW YORK) -- Did Ricky Gervais cross the line by being his usual, I-couldn't-care-less-what-people-think-about-me self?

The British comedian evoked online ire after posting a series of tweets referencing “mongs,” once a slur directed at people with Down’s syndrome, and sometimes accompanying them with photos of him making silly faces. “Two mongs don’t make a right,” read one tweet. “Night night monglets,” he told his followers on Oct. 14.

Criticism came quick. Comedians and Down’s syndrome advocacy groups have called out Gervais for reviving the word, but he claims “mong” now means something else.

“Well done everyone who pointed out that Mong USED to be a derogatory term for DS,” he wrote, referring to Down’s syndrome. “Gay USED to mean happy. Words change. Get over it.”

Responding to a follower who asked “What is a mong?” Gervais replied, “A div, a dozy spud headed twonk. I would NEVER use it to mean downs syndrome.” Gervais also circulated a page from InternetSlang.com decreeing that the definition of mong is “complete idiot.”

Now the Office creator has turned the conversation about him into a joke of its own. “The police just came round and confiscated all my awards,” he tweeted Wednesday.

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Saturday
Aug272011

Ricky Gervais Asked to Host the Golden Globes Again

Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Comedian Ricky Gervais who snubbed celebrities when he last hosted the Golden Globe Awards in January, has been asked by NBC to host them again for the third time.

E! Online reports that Gervais bashed A-listers like Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie during this past year’s ceremony and began a rumor that he was already slated to host the following year’s event.

Hollywood Foreign Press Association, responsible for organizing the event, denied the rumors and insisted that Gervais would not make a return to the stage as host.

Gervais has neither declined nor accepted the offer from NBC to host next year’s award ceremony.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jul192011

'Office' Creator Gervais Working on Heavenly Television Pilot

Meghan Sinclair / Team Coco(LOS ANGELES) -- The Office creator Ricky Gervais is collaborating with a former producer of Dexter on a pilot about an atheist who dies and goes to heaven, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Gervais, an atheist himself, is expected to make a cameo in the pilot, titled Afterlife.

The report doesn't mention whether a network is attached to the project.

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Monday
May232011

Ricky Gervais: 'The Office' Has 'Jumped the Shark'

Meghan Sinclair / Team Coco(NEW YORK) -- Creator of the original British version of The Office, Ricky Gervais, isn't a big fan of the season finale of the U.S. version of the sitcom.  Gervais, who's an executive producer on the U.S. version, wrote on his blog of the season finale, “If you're going to jump a shark, jump a big one,” and added, “I assume most people know I didn't do the U.S. remake for the art. I did my version for the art.”

After a few hours after he posted his comments, Gervais followed up with another post, claiming that his comments were made with his tongue firmly planted in cheek.  He explained, “The bit about it ‘jumping the shark’ was meant to be a little self-deprecating in-joke. I myself did a fun but pointless, over-hyped cameo in the episode too remember. I did it for a laugh like everyone else, I assume.”

In regards to his comment about the U.S. version not being for the art, Gervais wrote, “I wasn't suggesting that the U.S. version was artless, or that anyone else involved didn't do it for the art. I was just admitting that there were obviously other factors and reasons present in my involvement in the remake.”

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Friday
Feb252011

Ricky Gervais Pokes Fun at Oscar Hosts, Himself

Photo Courtesy - Meghan Sinclair/Team Coco(LOS ANGELES) -- Just in case Oscar co-hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway are struggling with their opening monologue for Sunday's ceremony, Ricky Gervais has written a few lines for them.

Gervais, who ruffled some feathers with his biting commentary as host of the Golden Globes last month, scripted an opening for Franco and Hathaway that he posted on his blog. In it, Franco would crack the following joke about his Oscar-nominated role in 127 Hours: "You probably know me from 127 Hours, where I play a man trapped in an enclosed space who decides he would rather cut his own arm off than stay where he was. Now that sounds 'way out' but wait till half way through this [expletive] ceremony and you'll start to identify with him."

In Gervais' script, Hathaway would then joke, "I'm the new Catwoman. The first white woman to play that role since Michelle Pfeiffer. I want it to be an inspiration to all white people everywhere. Your dreams can come true in Hollywood too." Hathaway has been cast as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises.

The rest of the script mostly pokes fun at Gervais himself, with Franco referring to Gervais as "that rude obnoxious one who played the Steve Carell part in the English remake of The Office."  Gervais, of course, co-created and starred in The Office in England before it made the jump to America.

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