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article imageRicky Gervais and Golden Globes III as Brit comic returns

By Marcus Hondro     Jan 15, 2012 in Entertainment
So does it matter if people got offended by Brit comic Ricky Gervais' second go at hosting the Golden Globes last year? And who did? The man was funny, which is his job, and it got him where many thought he'd never be - back as host for a third time.
Gervais will host your 69th Golden Globes Jan. 15, 2012 at 8 pm ET, even though there were those who thought last year's performance crossed a line. Gervais took so much flak he said he didn't expect to be back but it was all forgotten given last year's show did well with 17 million viewers and the notoriety should make this year even better.
Ricky Gervais back to host Golden Globes
So what did Gervais say that offended? There was the promise at the top that it was "...going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking. Or, as Charlie Sheen calls it, breakfast." He made a joke about the elderly president of the Hollywood Foreign Press, Phillip Berk with: "Next up, Eva Longoria has the daunting task of introducing the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press. That’s nothing! I just had to help him off the toilet and pop his teeth in.”
Robert Downey Jr.: "mildly sinister" evening
The Sheen joke seems tame enough and it is hard to picture the target, a self-proclaimed winner, getting seriously riled about it. And Berk said later that he didn't mind being made fun of, though he did say Gervais "definitely crossed a line" on the evening, but added "but that's Ricky." And Bruce Willis, who Gervais introduced as "Aston Kutcher's Dad" said he found Gervais very funny. As for Downey Jr., who called the evening "mildly sinister, the jokes about him and his rehab visits were, well, as Gervais himself said, just jokes.
“I don’t know what I did wrong, really,” Gervais said recently on the Matt Lauer show. “What did I say that was untrue? I made a joke suggesting Charlie Sheen might like a night out. I said Robert Downey Jr. spent some time in clinics. And he did. I’m not judging him by that; it’s a joke.”
Ricky Gervais: Crossing the line - we hope
So Gervais is back for his third turn as host - 2010 wasn't as controversial a show as 2011 - and many who'd normally stay away will tune in to see him make fun of the mighty in the celebrity world. He'll have lots of them to make fun of, some will be easy and readily available targets, like Mel Gibson who's known plenty of scandal and who'll be at the show. If last year was crossing the line most will hope Gervais crosses it again.
The Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. recognizes excellence in film and TV and are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assoc. on NBC.
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