'I'm not trying to ruin their night' - Ricky Gervais assures stars ahead of Golden Globes
Ricky Gervais has assured stars attending the Golden Globes that he won't ruin their night with his sharp tongue ahead of his hosting duties at the awards ceremony.
On Conan O'Brien's chat show on Thursday night, the comedian said that he would try to go easy on the celebrities in attendance when he hosts the Golden Globes on Sunday.
"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."
To demonstrate his point, the 44-year-old, pointed to O'Brien and said: I wouldn’t come out and go ‘oh look, it’s a ginger Frankenstein.'"
In order to improve on his previous performances Gervais said: "I don’t know whether to put in more effort or get drunker."
The British star will host the Golden Globes for the fourth time this Sunday.
After his third stint hosting the show in 2012, the star said that he'd "guarantee they will not invite me back" due to the nature of his jokes, which some viewers and audience members found distasteful.
"I've never understood the controversy around the Golden Globes. That stuff I did, I was shocked that people thought that was shocking. Genuinely. I thought, what have I said wrong? I didn’t say anything outrageous or libelous … it couldn't have been that bad," he later told the Hollywood Reporter.
Speaking on US TV presenter Matt Lauer on Friday morning, Gervais explained that he wants to address certain issues but in a lighthearted way.
"You do have to address things," he said. "But I'm never trying to undermine the moral fabric of America. I'd rather people laugh than gasp. But if they gasp that's good, too."