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Ricky Gervais revealed his Golden Globes hosting strategy to Conan O’Brien on Thursday evening.
The comedic British actor visited the late night host’s self-titled TBS program to explain his plan of action for entertaining audiences, as well as for putting celebrities at ease who might make his list of jokes.
“No one wants to be the butt of a joke, but I’m not trying to ruin their night. I’m making jokes,” Gervais explained. “Also, I’ll do it about things they’ve done, not about things they can’t help. I think I’m fair.”
Conan tried helping explain what Gervais meant in choosing his jokes, but in turn became the target of the Golden Globes host. “You’re not making fun of the way they look,” Conan said. “No,” Gervais replied. “I wouldn’t come out and go ‘oh look, it’s a ginger Frankenstein,’ ” he said, pointing at the redhead, six-foot-four O’Brien.
Gervais said that he initially objected to hosting the awards show, but later agreed because of his freedom to speak his mind: “they said the magic words: ‘you can say what you want again.’ I went ‘OK, I’m in.’ “
Now that Gervais is hosting the Globes for the fourth time, he wants it to be better than his previous three runs. “I did it the first time, it was very exciting and I thought I could do better, so I took it again. Then the second time, when I pissed everyone off, I was offered it again and I did it a third time just because people said I’d never get invited back, so I just did it to show them and I took three years off,” Gervais explained. “Now, you sort of want to improve. You always want to improve. So you drive yourself really. But, I don’t know whether to put in more effort or get drunker.”
He admitted that he does have a bit of a conscience, “but when I’m drunk, I can say anything. So two or three drinks might be perfect.”
“I think a celebrity getting really drunk and saying what they truly feel in public has never hurt anyone,” Gervais said, before offering his opinions on the problems of Conan’s show, which included it being “too good” and thinking he puts “too much effort in.”
Gervais commented that “all other late night shows, they just play games.” The comedic actor believes that Conan’s fellow late night shows want “YouTube hits. No one watches the shows” and thinks O’Brien should “play a game” on his program, which Gervais demonstrated.
The Golden Globes air Sunday, Jan. 10 at 5 p.m. on NBC.
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