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.
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