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Ricky Gervais Defends His Right to Make Fun of Hollywood Actors on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 3rd 2011 2:20PM
Ricky Gervais, Jason Bateman, and Ryan Reynolds on 'Today'Ricky Gervais was cutting and funny hosting the Golden Globes, but the buzz after the show was about how many people were offended by his jokes. He managed to burn some bridges with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the awards. Now Gervais has been nominated for an Emmy for that performance. He spoke with Matt Lauer on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) about the experience, and got into a little tussle with Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds.

Lauer said he thought Gervais's hosting was brilliant, but said others thought his jokes had crossed a line. "I crossed the line?" said Gervais. "Who drew the line? I didn't draw the line. Where's this line?" He seemed perplexed by the idea.

It's been pointed out repeatedly that the HFPA knew what they were getting into when they hired Gervais. And Gervais wonders why they took it so seriously. "I was poking fun at a room full of people who pretend to be someone else all day," he said. "It wasn't a room full of wounded soldiers. These are Hollywood actors. I mean, really?"

There happened to be a couple of Hollywood actors on set waiting for their own interview -- Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds. Gervais stirred the pot a little bit by telling Bateman he loved him on 'Family Ties.' But it seems Gervais can take a hit as well as he delivers it. As he sat next to Bateman and Reynolds comparing muscles, Reynolds gave him a quick jab to the gut, something a lot of insulted actors would love to do.

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