Ricky Gervais is defending the recent Golden Globe jokes he made at the 2011 ceremony Sunday. The actor has gone on record as saying he won't host again, but it appears he's taking a strong stance on the material he used Sunday night.
This past Sunday's Golden Globes winners included movies "The Social Network" and "The Fighter" taking home numerous awards, while actors including Christian Bale, Natalie Portman and Colin Firth snagged awards for their work.Â "Glee," "Boardwalk Empire," and "Toy Story 3" also grabbed trophies.Â Celebrities including Justin Bieber, Robert Pattinson, Megan Fox and Michael Douglas graced the stage as presenters.
Ricky Gervais was the comedy relief for Sunday night's 68th annual Golden Globe Awards show.Â His jokes touched upon multiple subjects including Tom Hanks' legendary film career compared to Tim Allen's less-than-noteworthy resume in Hollywood.Â He also poked fun at Robert Downey Jr.'s rehab stint, Bruce Willis as Ashton Kucher's dad, and at the HFPA for actually putting "The Tourist" on the nominees list.Â Some found the remarks quite humorous, while others were not amused, and may have turned off the show 's organizers and prude viewers.
However, Gervais is not backing down according to the recent ET online report.Â When asked if various celebrities and HFPA personnel were upset with him, he noted:
"Obviously the rumor that the organizers stopped me going out on stage for an hour is rubbish. I did every link I was scheduled to do," the Golden Globes host wrote on his blog. "The reason why the gaps were uneven is because when I got the rundown I was allowed to choose who I presented to. I obviously chose the spots that I had the best gags for. They couldn't move around the order but I could move around however I wanted."
Gervais (pictured via Wikipedia) also added that he had drinks with various stars after the show and nobody really expressed any hatred over the jokes he told.Â Even the HFPA president said he knew what they were getting into when they asked Ricky to host, saying "He definitely crossed the line. ... When you hire Ricky Gervais, you expect the unexpected."
Some award shows can be absolutely dry and dull.Â If not for Gervais, the recent Golden Globe Awards show would have been a boring night of acceptance speeches.Â Instead, he livened things up by making remarks that crossed the line, generated buzz, and still have people talking days later.Â Isn't that what Hollywood is all about?
What did you think of Ricky Gervais as the host of the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards?