Ricky Gervais Warns of Holocaust, Pedophile Jokes at Golden Globes
Despite complaints about the 2011 ceremony, the HFPA anoints the "Office" and "Extras" creator as host for the third time.
Ricky Gervais spared no time reminding Hollywood the type of humor to expect when he hosts the Golden Globe Awards in Jan.
Shortly after the Hollywood Foreign Press Association confirmed that the "Office" and "Extras" creator would once again emcee the event, he joked via Twitter that he'd be targeting the Holocaust on the telecast, "Just told Billy Crystal he'd better not use any of my holocaust or pedophile material at The Oscars. He agreed (true)."
He later warned, "@piersmorgan: BOOM! @rickygervais back hosting Golden Globes. Be afraid, Hollywood egos, be very afraid.” It's gonna be biblical."
Gervais raised eyebrows at this year's telecast with his irreverent, no-holds-barred barbs at Tinseltown bigwigs such as Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp and Cher. After quipping that the HFPA were bribed to nominate the Tourist, which starred Depp and Angelina Jolie, Gervais joked: "No, all that happened was some of them were taken to see Cher in concert. Now how was that a bribe, really? It's not, because it's not 1975."
He also suggested that certain "famous Scientologists" are gay, and introduced an unamused Bruce Willis as "Ashton Kutcher's dad." (Kutcher is married to Willis' ex-wife, Demi Moore, and stepfather to their three children.)
The HFPA's decision to bring back Gervais was not a total surprise, as insiders had told THR of talks between comic, NBC and the organization that hosts the Globes earlier this month.
Also, even though the HFPA refused to condone many of Gervais’ jokes, the group put out a statement following the telecast saying that overall, “the show was among the best we’ve ever had and we were pleased.”
The Globes averaged 17 million viewers on NBC, up 5 percent in demo from the year prior.
Lost creator Damon Lindelof summed up Wednesday's news via a Peanuts analogy on his Twiiter account: "Hollywood Foreign Press = Charlie Brown. Ricky Gervais = Lucy holding the football."
Piers Morgan also responded to Gervais' new gig by inviting him as a guest on his show once if ruffles feathers again: "Dear @rickygervais - please can I have the first 'Sorry if I offended anyone' interview after the 2012 Golden Globes, like last time?"
Gervais responded: "@piersmorgan I'll escape to New York straight after. See you there."