Ricky Gervais' most controversial jokes at the 2016 Golden Globes
Ricky Gervais' acid-tongue barbs and put-downs at Sunday night's Golden Globes were the subject of much discussion.
After a mixed response to his 2012 appearance, Gervais wrote on his blog: "I've told my agent to never let me be persuaded to do it again.” But four years later, he was back on stage to host the awards ceremony.
He revealed to Conan O'Brien last week that we would try to go easy on celebrities in attendance on the big night: "No one wants to be the butt of a joke, but I’m not trying to ruin their night. I’m making jokes."
"Also, I’ll do it about things they’ve done, not about things they can’t help. I think I’m fair."
However, the comic actor dished out insults throughout the night - starting with Mexican druglord El Chapo in the opening fire seconds and concluding with a controversial exchange with Mel Gibson, who is starting rehabilitation after being ostracised for Hollywood for his anti-Semitic outbursts.
Here are some of Gervais' most controversial jokes of the night:
On Jennifer Lawrence's call for equal pay in Hollywood:
“Jennifer Lawrence made the news when she demanded equal pay for women in Hollywood. She received overwhelming support from people everywhere. There were marches on the street with nurses and factory workers saying, ‘How the hell can a 25-year-old live on $52 million?!’”
On the films Joy and Trainwreck:
“No, not the names of Charlie Sheen’s favorite hookers. The movies of these next two presenters.”
On the film Spotlight - the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation carried out by The Boston Globe into the Catholic Church’s cover-up of child molesting by priests:
“The excellent Spotlight has been nominated. Yeah. The Catholic Church are furious about the film as it it exposes that five per cent of all their priests have repeatedly molested children and been allowed to continue to work without punishment. Roman Polanski called it ‘the best date movie ever.’”
On Caitlyn Jenner's fatal car crash:
“I’m going to be nice tonight. I’ve changed — not as much as Bruce Jenner. Obviously. Now Caitlyn Jenner, of course. What a year she’s had! She became a role model for trans-people everywhere, showing great bravery in breaking down barriers and destroying stereotypes. She didn’t do a lot for women drivers. But you can’t have everything, can ya? Not at the same time.”
On Ben Affleck's alleged infidelity:
"He's also the only person who Ben Affleck hasn't been unfaithful to. Please welcome, Matt Damon!"
On Mexican druglord El Chapo who was captured by police after being interviewed by Sean Penn:
"I'm going to get this monologue out of the way and then go into hiding. Not even Sean Penn will find me... Snitch."
On Mexican-American actress Eva Longoria and Honduran-American actress America Ferrera
"Eva Longoria and America Ferrera are not only beautiful and talented actresses, they are also two people who your future president, Donald Trump, can't wait to deport."
On introducing Mel Gibson after his takedown of the actor at the 2010 Globes:
“I’m in the awkward position of having to introduce him again. Listen, I’m sure it’s embarrassing for both of us. I blame NBC for this terrible situation. Mel blames…we know who Mel blames. Listen, I still feel a bit bad for it. Mel’s forgotten all about it apparently, that’s what drinking does. I want to say something nice about Mel before he comes out. So: I’d rather have a drink with him in his hotel room tonight than with Bill Cosby.” Then, as bleeped by NBC: “What the f*ck does ‘sugar t*ts’ even mean?’”