If you’re more a fan of the no-celebrity-is-safe comic stylings comedian Ricky Gervais debuted on the Golden Globes in 2010, you’ll be happy to hear that he’s back and ready to rumble once again. Though some may find his lively antics to be a little offensive, Gervais himself admits that there’s always a line he won’t cross and makes sure that every word he says stays within his personal moral guidelines.
E! Online reports about Gervais’ plans for the 2016 Golden Globes and whether or not we should expect the same type of humor from the 2010, 2011 and 2012 shows. Part of the reason why Gervais keeps coming back again and again is simply because of the excitement live television gives a comedian. He says, “It's a challenge. I always write my own jokes, I can say what I want—and it's live.”
In the past, some have voiced their offense over his jokes. Kim Cattrall once accused him of making an ageist joke when he poked fun saying the Sex And the City poster had been airbrushed. Gervais responded saying, “I said, 'I think the award for special effects should go to the team that airbrushed the Sex and the City 2 poster.' It was ludicrous, they tried to make them look 25! I said, 'Look, we know how old you are; I saw one of you in an episode of Bonanza.” Gervais contends that he himself is 54 and was actually targeting Hollywood in that joke for airbrushing 50 year old women to look younger.
Gervais finds the whole controversy around his hosting style to be a bit overblown saying, “That stuff I did, I was shocked that people thought that was shocking. Genuinely. I thought, 'What have I said wrong?' I didn't say anything outrageous or libelous. I didn't say anything against broadcasting rules. It was on network television, late afternoon, it couldn't have been that bad.”
He also admits that there is a line he won’t cross, even when it comes to making fun of a room full of his peers. He explains, “Some people think that comedy is your conscience taking a day off, but my conscience never takes a day off. I can justify every joke I've ever done and if the joke is about someone, I can do it in front of them and tell them after why it's justified.” If he can’t justify a joke morally he says that he simply will not do it. He adds, “Often there's collateral damage. I probably wouldn't have a go at someone's affair if their partner was still there—you know, it's not their fault. That's collateral damage for me.”
So, grab some popcorn and settle in for a long night of laughs as E!’s coverage of the Golden Globes begins this Sunday at 4p.m.
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