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Ricky Gervais Explains Going MIA During Golden Globes

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 18th 2011 7:30AM
Ricky GervaisAlthough host Ricky Gervais warned everyone ahead of time that he'd push the envelope at the Golden Globes Sunday night, his material still took many people by surprise. Now, as the fallout continues, Gervais has explained his hour-long disappearing act in the middle of the awards ceremony.

His absence spawned many conspiracy theories -- he was drunk, he'd been fired, he was being yelled at by Scientologists -- but his writing partner Stephen Merchant said Sunday night it had been planned all along. And in a statement Monday, Gervais confirmed what Merchant said.

"I did every single introduction I was meant to. There just happened to be a long gap. This is because I was allowed to choose who I would introduce in advance. I obviously chose presenters who I had the best jokes for. (And who I knew had a good sense of humour.) Everyone took it well and the atmosphere backstage and at the after show was great."

However, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, organizer of the Globes, doesn't seem to have such a rosy memory of Sunday night. According to Popeater, one HFPA source said that "Ricky will not be invited back to host the show next year, for sure. ... Any movie he makes he can forget about getting nominated. He humiliated the organization ... and went too far with several celebrities whose representatives have already called to complain."

Later, The Hollywood Reporter spoke to HFPA President, Philip Berk, who said that "He definitely crossed the line. And some of the things were totally unacceptable. But that's Ricky." Berk also said he didn't know in advance what Gervais would come out with: "Anything I heard was heard was the same time you heard it ... When you hire Ricky Gervais, you expect the unexpected."

However, despite all the controversy, the Globes telecast won its timeslot in viewers and the key adult demographics. In a statement released to Entertainment Weekly, the HPFA said: "We loved the show. It was a lot of fun and obviously has a lot of people talking. When you hire a comedian like Ricky Gervais, one expects in your face, sometimes outrageous, material. Certainly, in this case, he ... occasionally went too far. The HFPA would never condone some of his personal remarks. Overall, however, the show was among the best we've ever had and we were pleased."

So, perhaps it wasn't all bad then. Will Gervais be back hosting next year? It seems unlikely right now. He told The Hollywood Reporter that although last year he'd been asked back immediately, this year so far, nada. "That's ominous, isn't it? ... So I probably won't be here next year."
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January 19 2011 at 7:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

He was the only reason I watched the show!! I thought he was great he says what everyone is thinking..Even the stars said he was funny. Have you ever seen Ricky Gervais perform they knew what they were getting! The show was #1 in the ratings .Usally the ratings are low .

January 18 2011 at 8:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh, Hollywierd, get over it! If anything said was not true, then you might have a beef. Everything he said was in the tabloids, on Entertainment Tonight and all the other recognition media. How many award shows do you need anyway? Always need to be in the limelight and on the red carpet. Hollywood people need an award just for getting an award.

January 18 2011 at 8:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Whatever happened to decency in America??!! His cruel tirade was one vicious insult after another. Vicious isn't funny. I was glad when Steve Carell pushed the slug away, and the elderly man who represented the Golden Globes gathered up enough courage to respond when he said the most horrid things about him. Poor Sandra Bullock was dumbstruck when he made remarks she never said which are hurtful to the poor. You could see her distress and confusion. The man should be banned from entertainment. He's not entertaining.

January 18 2011 at 7:58 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

oh get the stick out of your @## Hollywood...gimme a break...he was hilarious...

January 18 2011 at 7:58 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Can't stand the heat stay out of the kitchen. You hired him to host, now sit down, shut up, and take what you got coming to you.

January 18 2011 at 7:56 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Now you know how it feels to be bullied Hollywood......

January 18 2011 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Offensive? Not even close. He was no more abrasive than the great Don Rickles

January 18 2011 at 7:38 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Thanks for everything Ric re. the Office, etc.

Hey America - let's get back to being American, America ... a little of his input is fine but enough, things are tough enough without Gervais' arrogant sarcasm ... Homegrown would do far better.

January 18 2011 at 7:35 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Its history, the world certainly has bigger issues to concern itself with compared to this. I didn't watch the thing anyway...I'm sure there are a few more who didn't watch as well.

January 18 2011 at 7:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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