Comedian Ricky Gervais hosted this year’s Golden Globes and promised he would push the boundaries as he hosted the awards ceremony for a second time.
Ricky’s wit demonstrated that Americans really are lacking in the sense of humour department, and for that reason they deserve a Hollywood sized skelptarse! On the red carpet just before the ceremony he said “I think I’ll go just close enough to the edge but not go over it”.
According to reports Gervais apparently disappeared for nearly an hour during the live ceremony. When he eventually returned he appeared to be less offensive, prompting a number of people to question what had happened to him. Had he been ordered to tone it down?
Former newspaper editor and Britain’s Got Talent judge Piers Morgan tweeted: “1st question when Gervais appears on @pierstonight on Thurs – what the hell did they do to you backstage for an hour? He looks haunted.”
Robert Downey Jr didn’t appreciate Gervais’ introduction: “Many of you in this room probably know him best from such facilities as the Betty Ford Clinic and Los Angeles County Jail.” Downey Jr quipped in return: “Aside from the fact that it’s been hugely mean-spirited, with mildly sinister undertones, I’d say the vibe of the show is pretty good so far, wouldn’t you?”
He later said backstage: “I think it’s great to be funny, but it’s better if you can do it without hurting people.”
Other celebrities also expressed their opinions on Gervais’s hosting skills – Oscar winner Tom Hanks said while presenting an award: “We recall when Ricky Gervais was a slightly chubby but very kind comedian,” to which his Toy Story 3 co-star Tim Allen quickly added: “Neither of which he is now.”
After Gervais suggested he had to help HFPA president Philip Berk “off the toilet and pop his teeth back in”, Berk fired back at Gervais: “The next time you want someone to qualify your movies, go to another guy.”
Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein joked that Gervais would “not make it out of town” that night.
The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper perhaps summed up the general feeling after the ceremony best: “I thought he was hilarious but will he ever present another award show again? I don’t know but if he went out, he went out burning”.
Enough already, you guys need to lighten up and not take yourselves so seriously, grow a sense of humour after all That’s Showbiz!
Well you precious, beautiful people, the floor is yours. Will you be able to resist the temptation to grab some limelight and explain your narcissistic, humourless behaviour?
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What is Skelpt Arse?
To use a splendid bit of sadly, now seldom-used Scottish vernacular, whose 'arse' definitely needs 'skelpt'?
Who or what has been letting you down, letting our magnificent country down or who generally needs brought into line. Politicians? Overly politically-correct-mandarins? Jobsworth civil-servants? Service industry specialists who've not been servicing? You tell us!
We've got a sliding scale of 'skelpitness' from a light smack or a pure, red, stinger? You decide!