Ricky Gervais Takes Shot at Network TV in Golden Globes Monologue

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The host joked that someone could binge his Netflix series 'After Life' in the time it takes to watch the awards: "This show should just be me coming out and saying, 'Congratulations, Netflix, you win everything.'"

Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais took a not-so-subtle swipe at the show's broadcast home on NBC during his opening monologue on Sunday night.

The crop of Globes TV nominees featured not a single nod to a broadcast series, and while Gervais didn't note that in his remarks, he did take aim at the trend of prestige projects becoming the near-exclusive province of premium cable and streaming services. 

"No one really watches network TV anymore," he said. "Everyone is watching Netflix. This show should just be me coming out and going, 'Well done, Netflix, you win everything.'"

Gervais then went on to plug his own show on the streaming platform. "You could binge watch the entire first season of After Life in the time it takes to watch this show," he said of the six-episode dark comedy about a man who is contemplating suicide after the death of his wife.

"Spoiler alert, season two is on the way, so in the end he obviously doesn't kill himself," the host added.

Gervais also took shots at Martin Scorsese's comments about Marvel, Cats and Leonardo DiCaprio during his monologue, while saying repeatedly that Sunday night was his fifth and final time hosting the Globes and he just didn't care anymore.

NBC, incidentally, had about 18.6 million viewers for last year's Golden Globes.

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