Gervais provokes Hollywood in return to Golden Globes as host
LOS ANGELES : Ricky Gervais again proved his penchant for provocation on Sunday as he returned as host of the Golden Globe Awards, ribbing Hollywood’s A-listers with at times uncomfortable jokes.
The sharp-tongued British comic, the host of the awards from 2010-2012 before being replaced by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler appeared to relish his bad boy reputation as he took the stage at the Beverly Hilton.
“Shut up, you disgusting, pill-popping deviant scum!” he said by way of greeting the crowd.”
One Hollywood publication said that me hosting would mean that some film stars would stay away for fear of being made fun of. As if film stars would stay away from the chance of winning a Golden Globe particularly if their film company has already paid for it,” he said, alluding to longstanding criticism on the process for selecting the winners.
Gervais poked fun at Olympic decathlon champion turned Hollywood
celebrity Caitlyn Jenner, a pioneer for transgender rights by speaking publicly about her gender change but who was also involved in a deadly car crash last year.