Ricky Gervais turned in another scathing monologue at this year’s Golden Globe Awards, and those who missed all the barbs can check out video in its entirely on the internet.
The British comedian was back hosting the annual movie and television award extravaganza after a three-year absence, and he didn’t seem to miss a beat. Ricky Gervais came into his hosting duties with a reputation for showing no mercy to the A-list celebrities in attendance, and this year was no difference, Rolling Stone noted.
He opened the monologue with a hat tip to what might be the oddest story out of Hollywood in a long time. This weekend, reports emerged that escaped Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo had been arrested, and shortly afterward a strange connection was revealed. Actor Sean Penn actually met with an interviewed the notorious criminal, which Gervais found hilarious.
When talking about how much trouble he could get in for the monologue, Ricky Gervais added that he would go into hiding.
“Not even Sean Penn will find me,” he joked.
Ironically, some media experts saw the Golden Globes as a chance for Sean Penn to take a step back and avoid attention. Not with Ricky Gervais around, apparently.
USA Today reported.
“It’s an episode bound to add to the mystique of Sean Penn-the-iconoclast, says PR expert Howard Bragman, founder of 15 Minutes PR. Perhaps by coincidence, the news broke on the eve of the Golden Globes.”
“‘This is very on-brand for Sean Penn, who’s always been controversial,’ says Bragman. Lucky, he says, that Penn is also reserved, because boasting about this would be a bad idea.”
“‘Now he needs to take a laid-back, low-key approach, let the Golden Globes happen and take the wind out of this story,’ Bragman says. ‘There are lots of land mines here, like, Number 1, did you do something nefarious by meeting with this criminal?'”
But Ricky Gervais wasn’t done yet. As video of his Golden Globes monologue showed, the comedian had plenty to say about the celebrities in attendance, including the major television networks.
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Even NBC, which hosted the awards and paid Gervais for his services, wasn’t spared.
“NBC is the only network that’s fair or impartial, because they’re the only network with zero nominations,” he said.
He also had some words about the latest Hollywood controversy over equal pay. He mocked Jennifer Lawrence’s call for equal pay for women, saying, “How the hell could a 25-year-old live on $52 million?”
Ricky even mocked the idea of award shows in general.
“If you do win tonight, remember that no one cares about that award as much as you do. Don’t get emotional. It’s embarrassing.”
The monologue has been a huge hit, generating tens of thousands of tweets and plenty of attention. Ricky has been having a memorable night, including an interaction with Mel Gibson gone awry. As Gibson stood at the podium, Ricky stood just off in the shadows and heckled Gibson (for those who couldn’t hear, Gervais shouted, “What the f**k does sugar t**s even mean?”, a reference to the actor/director’s drunk driving arrest when he referred to a police officer by the strange pet name).
Ricky Gervais seemed prepared for the flak his Golden Globes monologue might bring him. Last week he proactively issued an apology for the controversy he was sure he would cause, tweeting, “Because I can see the future, I’d like to apologize now for the things I said at next week’s Golden Globes. I was drunk & didn’t give a f**k.”
Video of Ricky Gervais’ monologue at the 2016 Golden Globe Awards in its entirety can be seen here.
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