We’re not massive fans of comedian Ricky Gervais, we do think he’s funny at times but certainly isn’t the chosen one who is single-handedly rewriting the rules of comedy for the modern age, as some of his ardent fans would have you believe.
That being said we’re looking forward to watching him host this year’s Golden Globes following his stint roasting everyone in the room in 2011. We thought we’d remind you of the controversy Gervais created last year when he ruffled a few Hollywood feathers. We can only hope he does more of the same this evening, but with a seven second delay enforced on the live transmission by NBC it’s looking doubtful.
As Hollywood begins to pick up the pieces the true cost of Hurricane Gervais is starting to emerge, following his huge trail of devastation across Tinseltown at the weekend. Honestly, what the hell is going on over there? They hired a comedian who has built his entire career on personal jibes and acerbic wit and now their noses are out of joint because he landed a few punchlines which they deemed offensive. Let’s not kid ourselves it was the Scientology based joke which has annoyed the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, (HFPA), and they’ve went to great effort to distance themselves from that remark.
According to The Hollywood Reporter HFPA president Phillip Berk, (who was targeted by Ricky last year at the Golden Globes), said that he had no idea what Gervais was going to say:
“He definitely crossed the line and some of the things were totally unacceptable. But that’s Ricky. Any of the references to individuals is certainly not something the Hollywood Foreign Press condones.”
But it seems that the HFPA feel they were humiliated on Sunday night and according to celebrity website Popeater Ricky’s chances of ever winning a Golden Globe are now doomed and that he definitely won’t be invited back to resume hosting duties ever again. Mmmm we wonder if he’ll even give a shit?
Now that's what we call offensive.