One reason why Ricky Gervais has made such a name for himself in comedy is because he truly doesn’t care who he offends or annoys or if anyone gets the joke but him. He does what he thinks is funny, always. Which is evident if you watched the Golden Globes last night. For example, when he introduced Robert Downey Jr, he ended it by saying…
“But many of you in this room probably know him best from such facilities as the Betty Ford Clinic and Los Angeles County Jail.”
As you might expect, that didn’t go over so well with some people who are used to having their ass kissed at all times.
Downey Jr later said on stage: “Aside from the fact that it’s been hugely mean-spirited with mildly sinister undertones, I’d say the vibe of the show has been pretty good so far, wouldn’t you?”
Presenters Tom Hanks and his Toy Story 3 costar Tim Allen also criticized Gervais, with Hanks saying: “We recall when Ricky Gervais was a slightly chubby but very kind comedian,” to which Allen added: “Neither of which he is now.”
Others however, weren’t so uptight, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Christian Bale: “Thank God for comedians,” he said, adding that he had no problems with Gervais’ zingers: “I’m hoping he’s going to keep going further.”
Jim Parsons (the Big Bang Theory): “It was great! I thought he was really funny. It’s like he walked up to the edge, and then he jumped right on over and didn’t look back. I was scandalized, I tell you. I think he’s hilarious and funny and whenever you’re funny, you’re gonna push some people’s buttons.’”
Al Pacino: “He’s a comic, so he’s going to go for it. He’s letting it go. The only thing he can really get to is his own wit. He has to censor himself. I’m sure he’s planned some of it – [the jokes] really fly. You don’t know what [he's] going to say!”
Heather Morris (Glee): “I thought he was hysterical. He was so dry. He’s funny as hell.”
Some stars feel like these award shows are a special night for their work to be honored and it’s not a roast and they shouldn’t be made fun of (which is why the Oscars have two actors as hosts this year) but fuck you. Your entire life is your special night. Stop doing such ridiculous shit and you won’t get made fun of. What do you want him to talk about, a fish he caught?