Ricky Gervais: 5 Golden Globe Secrets Now Revealed
The controversial host answers questions like what Charlie Sheen thought of the onstage awards show jabs.
Ricky Gervais called The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday to explain his latest Golden Globes controversy -- how it was NBC and not the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that indicated he was welcome back to host the 2012 Golden Globe Awards.
But the comedian also gave some insight into other lingering mysteries from the now-infamous awards program.
1. What did Charlie Sheen think of Gervais' jokes?
The host insists that Sheen, now undergoing rehab, didn't mind the jokes that led off his monologue, which included: "It's going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking -- or, as Charlie Sheen calls it, breakfast."
Gervais said Tuesday that Sheen was tickled by the mini-roast. "Charlie Sheen liked it; his agent called my agent and said Charlie loved the jokes," Gervais said.
Gervais insisted that no celebrity he roasted has told him that they were offended.
2. What did Gervais think about Judd Apatow's counterattack?
During his hosting duties for the Producers Guild Awards, Judd Apatow sent a fierce counterattack at Gervais, repeatedly calling him "mean."
Gervais said he felt that was fair. "He didn't like what I did, and he had a platform to say that," Gervais said. "(Apatow) is not the only one in the world who doesn't like me. Trust me."
In fact, Apatow's comments made Gervais even more sure he took the right approach in his hosting duties. "What I did get from it, I think I made the right decision," he said. "I will say what I want. It's my right to offend, and it's your right to be offended. Just because someone is offended doesn't mean they are in the right."
3. What did HFPA president Phil Berk think of Gervais' onstage jabs?
Gervais went after Berk personally onstage when he introducing him, saying, "I just had to help him off the toilet and pop his teeth in.” Gervais said Tuesday that Berk was not pleased about the joke at the time.
"As I came offstage he asked me, 'What did you say?' " Gervais recalled Tuesday. "And I told him. And he just sort of shook his head. I didn't see him again."
4. How was the phone conversation with Berk on Tuesday?
It was the first time the two had spoken since the Golden Globes. It sounded tense. Gervais wouldn't go there when pressed but said: "I'll tell you this. I certainly for the first time got the impression that they didn't like my performance."
"I don't think the Hollywood Foreign Press are too happy with me," he giggled.
He insisted he has "no malice" for the group. "The Hollywood Foreign Press are not a bad bunch," he said. "They've got an award show, great; they invited me; I did my thing."
5. What did Gervais think of Robert De Niro's acceptance speech?
While De Niro's acceptance speech for his Lifetime Achievement Award left some offended and more puzzled, Gervais thought it was fantastic.
"I loved De Niro's speech, it was great. He said, why not show my bad films? That was hilarious."