Although Ricky Gervais has hosted the Golden Globes four times, the Child Support star revealed to Stephen Colbert during a visit to The Late Show on Wednesday night that he is “jealous” Seth Meyers was chosen to host this year’s ceremony.
Colbert mentioned that some critics had said they were glad Gervais didn’t host the show again, because he would have been too “irreverent” with the sensitivities of #MeToo and Time’s Up. “I was jealous of Seth,” Gervais said. “An amazing year to do it. I mean, it would’ve been the end of my career, but who cares.”
Gervais further explained that his unfiltered quips could’ve made him a perfect host for this year’s ceremony, despite the sensitive nature of the Time’s Up initiative. “I think that’s why I’ve done the best stand-up ever. I’m so close to death that I think, ‘What’s the worst that could happen to me?’ Someone being offended now is nothing. So, what? I’m going to die,” Gervais joked, after stating earlier in the show that he had gained weight, therefore was close to death.
When Colbert pressed on about how he would’ve handled the environment of this year’s ceremony, Gervais assured that it wouldn’t have affected his hosting. “The more sensitive, the better,” Gervais said. “That’s the fun for me — talking about irreverent and sensitive and taboo subjects. There’s nothing you shouldn’t joke about. There’s no subject you shouldn’t joke about. It depends on the actual joke and the target.”
Though Gervais is aware that the sensitive topics can result in many being offended, the comedian explained that it shouldn’t influence the jokes being told. “People get offended when they mistake the subject of the joke with the actual target, and they’re not necessarily the same. … Just because you’re offended doesn’t mean you’re right. Some people are offended by equality.”
Gervais then made a subtle jab at Donald Trump, telling Colbert, “Your president, he’s offended by equality. It doesn’t mean he’s right.”
Colbert also addressed Gervais‘ attire, as the comedian chose to don an all-black outfit. After asking whether he was trying to stand in “solidarity with anyone,” Gervais joked, “No, ’cause it’s slimming. That’s all it is.”