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Ricky Gervais Pushes The Envelope With Controversial Globes Opening Monologue

Jan 16, 2012 07:55 AM

RGervaisBKingsley021111_02_X17WM230.jpgRicky Gervais has hosted the Golden Globes three times, and at last night's ceremony, the British comedian wasn't afraid to poke fun at certain celebrities during his opening monologue.

Right off the bat, Gervais told the crowd:

    "For any of you who don't know, the Golden Globes are just like the Oscars, but without all that esteem. The Golden Globes are to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton. A bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker, and more easily bought. Allegedly. Nothing's been proved."

Gervais then took a swipe at Eddie Murphy ... who had pulled out of hosting the Oscars. He went on to say:

    "But who needs the Oscars? Not me. And not Eddie Murphy. He walked out on them, and good for him. But when the man who said yes to Norbit says no to you, you know you're in trouble. I love Eddie Murphy. He loves dressing up, doesn't he. Versatile. He's versatile. No, he is."

As for the Hollywood Foreign Press inviting him back to host, he said:

    "They actually gave me a list of rules. I'm going to ignore them, but I thought it would be good to read them out. This is real, ok? No profanity. That's fine. I've got a huge vocabulary. No nudity. See, that's a shame. Because I've got a huge ... vocabulary. But a tiny penis. No, no. Doesn't matter. It works. Don't worry about it. It's fine. And I'm not to libel anyone. And I must not mention Mel Gibson this year. Not his private life, his politics, his recent films, and especially not Jodie Foster's Beaver."

Oh, Ricky.




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Ricky Gervais Is Back To Host The Golden Globes!

Nov 16, 2011 02:35 PM

ricky-g-is-back.jpgIt's confirmed! Ricky Gervais will be back to host the Golden Globes on January 15.

After meeting with NBC exec Doug Vaughn, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association confirmed the news via Twitter. Ricky also tweeted today, "Just told Billy Crystal he'd better not use any of my holocaust or pedophile material at The Oscars. He agreed."

The controversial British comedian previously dismissed the possibility of coming back to host the awards show, but after meeting with HFPA President Dr. Aida Takla-O'Reilly, he reportedly changed his mind. But will he lighten up his snarky remarks for the telecast? Or will he insult even more celebrities and producers this year?

Who's excited that Ricky's back?!




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Ricky Gervais Confirms Reports He's Worth $80 Million

Feb 23, 2011 12:05 PM

gervais051710_01_X17WM230.jpgBritish comedian Ricky Gervais is worth $80 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

When commenting on his personal blog, Gervais writes:

    "Wow! I think there must be a leak at my accountants, I know it sounds a lot, but remember, I donate a lot of this to good causes.(The Inland Revenue mainly.)"

Gervais has made millions over the years with the British version of The Office, executive producing the U.S. version, as well as creating the HBO hit Extras.

As for how he'll be sharing his millions, he jokes:

    "I will have to get my family a million scratch cards each for Christmas. I have decided to use the rest of the money to take over Libya."

Ricky made headlines when he hosted the Golden Globes last month ... leaving viewers wondering if he went too far with his jokes. Oscar host Anne Hathaway was asked if she'll be using Gervais' hosting technique for the Academy Awards. Read her response .. after the jump.




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Ricky Gervais To Guest Star On U.S. Version Of The Office

Jan 19, 2011 02:27 PM

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He may not be returning as a Golden Globes host next year (sadness) but he WILL be guest starring on the U.S. version of The Office!

Since the funny Brit was the mastermind behind one of our favorite TV shows (he played the original Michael Scott in the British Office), we can't wait to see what he's got up his sleeve. Anythings possible!

Despite the fact our favorite awards show host called Steve Carell an "ungrateful bastard" on the Globes' stage which lead Carell to shove him on live TV, the U.S. Office star didn’t take it to heart.

NBC has confirmed the funny man's guest starring role is set to air January 27th, but the network is keeping the rest of the details hush-hush.

We're bummed Carell is exiting the show in April. We're really going to miss Michael Scott!




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Ricky Gervais Responds To Golden Globes Controversy: "Everyone Took It Well"

Jan 18, 2011 08:37 AM

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Courtesy: NBC

Ricky Gervais is breaking his silence on the speculation that his humor so offended the celebrities and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that he was fired half way through the show. On his blog, he writes:

"Obviously the rumour that the organizers stopped me going out on stage for an hour is rubbish. I did every link I was scheduled to do. The reason why the gaps were uneven is because when I got the rundown I was allowed to choose who I presented to. I obviously chose the spots that I had the best gags for."

Additionally, Gervais says in a statement that "Everyone took it well and the atmosphere backstage and at the after show was great."

Of course, celebs like Robert Downey, Jr. did quip that the show was "hugely mean-spirited with mildly sinister undertones," and Hugh Hefner responded to Ricky's jabs by tweeting "It's ironic that living with 3 young girls prompted a hit TV show, but marrying one prompts humor. Age is still just a number."

But Ricky insists the controversy has been blown out of proportion.

"Why do people have to embellish? They're allowed to say they hated it. They're allowed to say they didn't find it funny, that it was tasteless, over the top, or whatever. But why do they speculate and make stuff up? Don't worry, I know the answer. Because it's more interesting than 'it went fine and some people won some awards and then went to a party'. But that's all that happened."

But just in case you don't believe Hollywood can laugh at itself, Gervais offers up this alternative:

"Actually, I see what they mean. Boring. So here's what really happened. Bruce Willis and Sly Stallone started a fight with me but Alec Baldwin and Mark Walberg stepped in and helped me out. That's what happened."

Gervais may have drawn criticism for his performance, but he's also finding some support, from fellow comedian Howie Mandel. When asked about the Sunday night performance, Mandel responded, "He's a comedian, what do you want?!?! ... He's a funny guy."



And 61% of you agree with Howie in X17online's poll, that he could have gone even further with his humor.

So let's hope the HFPA has as much of a sense of humor as the majority of us and he gets asked back next year!




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