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Ricky Gervais responds to Golden Globes controversy

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: More fallout this morning from Ricky Gervais’ Golden Globes hosting gig, with the sharp-tongued comedian taking continued heat from the organization that hired him.

“Some of the things he said were totally unacceptable,” said Phillip Berk, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who was the target of one of Gervais’ crudest jokes. THR grabbed Berk’s quote.

But Gervais, responding in a statement, said that everyone “took it well and the atmosphere backstage and at the after show was great,” explaining that his absence from the middle portion of the Golden Globes telecast was planned.

“I did every single introduction I was meant to,” Gervais said. “There just happened to be a long gap. This is because I was allowed to choose who I would introduce in advance. I obviously chose presenters who I had the best jokes for. (And who I knew had a good sense of humor).”

Last night on Twitter, “Knocked Up” director Judd Apatow solicited jokes from his followers “that they think are better than Ricky Gervais’” because Apatow will host this weekend’s Producers Guild Awards and admitted that it is “hard to be funny and not vicious.”

As for Gervais, he thinks his future with the HFPA and the Golden Globes is kaput.

“I probably won’t be here next year,” Gervais told THR at a post-Globes event.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • January 18, 2011 | Permalink |

    Finally, a man with balls! Actors and the rest of uptight Hollywood need to chip the ice bergs off of their shoulders. Ricky Gervais was hilarious and made the boring golden globes entertaining! That’s the way it should be! Not dull and drab for the public. No one wants to sit and watch a bunch of ritzy people cry about low blows! Get over it and learn to laugh at yourself. Stop being over dramatic! Jokes are jokes and they are not meant to be taken to heart and twisted around into something that they are not. Leave it to Hollywood to make a mountain out of a mole hill.

  • January 19, 2011 | Permalink |

    He was fine, maybe these ‘stars’ really do take themselves that seriously, but we who live in reality world don’t.
    Ricky is a talent, I have watched him for years (thankfully I don’t live in USA).
    Maybe our geographical distance gives us better perspective of the offensive foolishnesses and indulgences of the peoples lives and frankly if they don’t like being mocked then they shouldn’t have a public life.
    Get over yourselves; so many people, so many public relations reps yet so little real talent to sustain this beast.
    Ricky did what he does so well, poke holes in the fabric of insincerity, surely to goodness you knew that before you signed him up – caveat emptor.

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