Tuesday 23 May 2017

Gervais mocks A-listers at Globes

Ricky Gervais pulled no punches as he opened the Golden Globes
Ricky Gervais pulled no punches as he opened the Golden Globes

Ricky Gervais was back for a second year as host of the Golden Globes, and he poked fun at A-list stars, blockbuster movies and even awards' bosses.

"It's going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking," Ricky began his monologue, sipping from a glass of what looked like beer. "Or, as Charlie Sheen calls it, breakfast."

He then made a jibe at the expense of nominated film The Tourist.

"I feel bad about that joke," he said after his first dig. "I'm jumping on the bandwagon, because I haven't even seen The Tourist. Who has?"

He was just warming up. He went on to tell the audience that The Tourist had not been nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association just because its members wanted to hang out with the film's stars, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. "That is not the only reason," Gervais insisted with a saucy smile. "They also accepted bribes."

Having already bitten the hand that was feeding him, Ricky soon bit the HFPA's other hand.

He announced that Eva Longoria would be on next with "the daunting task" of introducing Philip Berk, the association's president. "That's nothing," Gervais added. "I just had to help him off the toilet and pop his teeth in."

Ricky's jokes received a mixed response from his audience. "Ricky Gervais will not make it out of town tonight," film producer Harvey Weinstein joked at the Weinstein after-party.

The King's Speech director Tom Hooper laughed: "I thought he was hilarious but will he ever present another award show again? I don't know but if he went out, he went out burning."

Actor Ryan Gosling was on the comedian's side. "He's the best, Ricky Gervais can do no wrong!" he insisted.

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