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Ricky Gervais stands his ground as Globes-hosting controversy rages on

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Ricky Gervais continues to defend himself in the wake of his envelope-pushing Golden Globes gig last weekend, and he’s finding support in the strangest of places.

Twitter, for example, has been an outlet for Gervais fans to back up the comedian, who took a number of shots at high-profile celebrities like Bruce Willis, Charlie Sheen and Angelina Jolie while hosting the Golden Globes for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

“I thought RG was hilarious. Actors can take it. We have thick skins,” Tweeted Elizabeth Banks, who co-stars on the Globes-nominated “30 Rock.”

Even Regis Philbin commented on “Live” that “nobody remembers the winners of the Golden Globes — but they do remember Ricky Gervais.”

That was the reaction of the HFPA once the dust had settled. After all, people are talking about the Globes days after, which has to be positive from the group’s perspective.

“We loved the show. It was a lot of fun and obviously has a lot of people talking,” the HFPA said in a statement. They added that Gervais was expected to deliver “in your face, sometimes outrageous material. Certainly, in this case, he pushed the envelope and occasionally went too far.” But they went on to call this year’s Globes “among the best we’ve ever had.”

As for Gervais, he posted on his own Web site, RickyGervais.com, that he was starting to have a few doubts.

“Thanks to the twitterverse, the blogosphere, all the journos and the coolest stars for coming to my rescue,” he posted. “It was heartwarming to realise I wasn’t losing my mind. Some reactions nearly had me believing I’d gone too far too. Nearly.”

And the controversy swirls on. We can’t wait to see Gervais on Piers Morgan’s new interview show Thursday night on CNN.

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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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One Comment

  • January 19, 2011 | Permalink |

    I think there should be a weekly show with actors sitting around while Ricky calls them out for the crap that they do. Gold, baby, gold!

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