Anyone who expected British funny man Ricky Gervais to show up chastened and courteous for hosting duties at the Golden Globe Awards next week had better start bracing for something way different.
“Because I can see the future, I’d like to apologise now for the things I said at next week’s Golden Globes. I was drunk and didn’t give a f—,” Gervais tweeted over the weekend.
The comedian is alleged to have gotten drunk on stage, and freely said offensive things about celebrities in the audience, when he hosted the Golden Globes from 2010 to 2012.
At the 2010 ceremony, Gervais made fun of Angelina Jolie’s adoptions, Mel Gibson’s drinking and Hollywood’s obsession with plastic surgery.
In 2011, Robert Downey Jr. had this to say:
“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.”
After three years, Gervais gave up hosting, asserting he would never again helm another Golden Globes ceremony.
Later, he explained why he changed his mind.
“I said ‘no’ when they first approached me, I’m just too busy, but they made me an offer I couldn’t refuse,” he wrote. “I don’t mean they threatened to kill me. I just mean they were very persuasive, very charming and very generous. I’m quite looking forward to it now though.”
NBC will broadcast the 73rd Golden Globe Awards, which will be held at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Sunday.
—City News Service