I guess in the end, NBC and the folks who run the Golden Globes weren’t all that offended by the things Ricky Gervais said earlier this year when he was hosting the awards show. You see, the comedian will be back to host the Globes when they return to the network on Jan. 15. Hilariously, Gervais tweeted: “Just told Billy Crystal he’d better not use any of my holocaust or pedophile material at The Oscars. He agreed (true).” Check out the photo below.
CNN host Piers Morgan is already excited for Gervais’ next mea culpa. Morgan tweeted: “Dear @rickygervais – please can I have the first ‘Sorry if I offended anyone’ interview after the 2012 Golden Globes, like last time?” Well done. Morgan also tweeted the following warning: “Ricky Gervais back hosting Golden Globes. Be afraid, Hollywood egos, be very afraid.”
This is great news for the world of comedy. The one negative is that I guess we won’t see Gervais’ idea to do his own live video commentary online during next year’s Globes. In October, he said, “I am working with a Californian technology company on a live webcast idea. People watch their TV at the same time as listening to me and a few chums provide our own alternative commentary.”
Adding to the idea, he also blogged the he would likely have Louis C.K., Chris Rock, Karl Pilkington, Jon Stewart, and Larry David as guests during his DIY hosting gig. He said the broadcast would not be intended to step on others’ toes or to steal their thunder; it would have simply been new way of doing things. “I have no idea if it will work,” Gervais said. “But I didn’t know if podcasting would work back in 2005 when I launched The Ricky Gervais Show. I didn’t particularly care either. I was doing it for a laugh. There are not many better reasons to do anything.”
Gervais was immediately under fire after the Globes for being “offensive” and “mean-spirited.” He poked fun at the likes of Cher, Charlie Sheen Scientology and even referenced the long-running theory that Tom Cruise is gay. Hollywood bigwigs like Judd Apatow, Robert Downey Jr. and Tim Allen all made comments about how they didn’t enjoy Gervais’ jokes.