Posted Mon, January 17, 2011 2:04pm EST

Ricky Gervais Was The Meanest Golden Globes Host Ever… And We LOVED It!

The caustic Brit went after Hollywood royalty, making the show dangerous & exciting!

Audiences were split over Ricky Gervais‘ oft-mean spirited hosting gig Jan. 16 at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards — but we thought he made for one of the most compelling award show hosts ever!

Ricky, 49, was fascinating in his willingness to take fresh, risky jabs at many stars who are often seen as critically bulletproof. Although he got in some clever lines at easy targets like Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson, his scathing opening monologue was a brilliant piece of honesty which tackled everything from Scientology to Sex and the City 2.

One of the biggest (and funniest) shocks of the night was Ricky’s tirade against The Tourist. Although it boasted a Best Picture nomination, the film received a lukewarm reception from both critics and audiences, only buoyed by leads Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. Angelina even admitted that acting in the film was autopilot for her, saying “I wanted to do something that would be a great vacation for my kids. I got a phone call saying, ‘OK, the film’s shooting in Venice,’ and I said, ‘I don’t know what it is, but I’m going to say yes.'”

Ricky called them out on the film’s obvious lack of emotional depth, saying, “It was a big year for 3D movies. Toy Story, Despicable Me, Tron. It seems like everything this year was three-dimensional, except the characters in The Tourist.” Was it kind of mean? Yes. But Angelina has the power to not make fluff if she chooses to do so, and while filming for a paycheck is not a bad thing, you have to be willing to be called out for it.

We saw Ricky’s  jabs as either well-deserved (such as an extended riff on Hugh Hefner‘s ridiculous lifestyle) or so absurdist that they were obviously made in jest (such as “quoting” Sandra Bullock as saying, “poor people were gross and smelled bad.”)

Even celebs being roasted were behind Ricky, with Bruce Willis (who Ricky dubbed “Ashton Kutcher‘s dad”) saying the host “was fantastic, he killed it, he did great.”

If Ricky hadn’t been the emcee for the ceremony last night, it would have been spectacularly boring. There were no real shockers among winners, and everything was executed nearly without flaw. But in terms of creating watercooler buzz, nothing beat the indelible roasting Gervais gave to some of Hollywood’s most shameless celebs.

Update: The Hollywood Reporter interviewed Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Philip Berk on Jan. 17 and he discussed Ricky’s hosting, saying, “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.”

– William Earl

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Posted at 4:19 PM on January 18, 2011  

All I know Ricky Gervais is not a hypocrite he said whatever was in his mind infront of everyone though the truth hurts. You hire Ricky Gervais … you get Ricky Gervais! He is brilliant!!! Get a sense of humor! Burn Hollywood to the Ground tell them the truth.

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Posted at 2:44 PM on January 18, 2011  

People’s Choice Awards – Queeny you were aweful! Best award show BECAUSE of host? Ricky Gervais!! Show their work – and deliver their award to the table! Nobody gives a rat’s ass about your agent and your pet guppy Çlarence!!! Their work occasionally is brillant, their lives are so NOT!

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just my opinion

Posted at 9:42 PM on January 17, 2011  

He had it right on the money in his promo when he said some thing to the likes of “who wants to watch a bunch of over privileged movie stars pat themselves on the back”?. So if he brought a few egos down to size then good for him. He gave me a huge laugh every time he was on. IF any celebrities were genuinely offended they need a reality check, they make alot of money playing pretend. They aren’t curing cancer or ending wars. They aren’t as special as they have let themselves come to believe, so They need to get over it. He was the Only reason I even watched.

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Posted at 9:16 PM on January 17, 2011  

The host farewell words: “”Thanks God I am a atheist” shows
how much depravity still pervades in Hollywood where homosexuality is also condoned.

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Posted at 7:53 PM on January 17, 2011  

How do you get the histrionic, inaccurate statement, “Angelina admitted her acting in the moview was on autopilot!” from Angelina simply saying that she took the movie becauise it would be a good vacation spot for her kids?


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Posted at 7:39 PM on January 17, 2011  

True or false. I believe that Sandra Bullock should tell her fans why he picked comment that to roast her. I rent her movies cause I’m poor and can’t go to the theater. She was one of my favorites but not on my list now. Lillies that fester, smell far worse than weeds.

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Posted at 3:22 PM on January 17, 2011  

I loved it. I thought it was great. It would have been so boring had it not been for him. I haven’t liked watching an awards show this much in a long time.

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Posted at 7:02 PM on January 17, 2011  


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Posted at 3:18 AM on January 18, 2011  


So, you are probably American, use google?
Ricky is a stand-upper and uses IRONY all the time.
Maybe he should take all the English out of America and see where the comedy gets you guys…
F***ing pathetic

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