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Gervais at his best (worst?)

Gervais at his best (worst?)

Ricky Gervais made good on his promise to take the piss with Hollywood, as he hosted the Golden Globes on Sunday night. In his opening monologue, Gervais began skewering the establishment with richer-than-expected venom. In fact, people online began to wonder if Gervais had been gagged midway through the ceremony, because he mysteriously disappeared for about an hour. Did the host organization, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), ask him to tone it down? EW has already collected what they consider his “rudest Golden Globes jokes.” They include:

– “Welcome to a night of partying and heavy drinking. Or as Charlie Sheen calls it: breakfast.”

– “I’d like to quash this ridiculous rumor going around that the only reason The Tourist was nominated so the HFPA could hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. That is rubbish. That is not the only reason. They also accepted bribes.”

– “Nothing for Sex and the City 2. I was sure the award for best special effects would go to the team that airbrushed that poster.”

– Introducing Bruce Willis as “Ashton Kutcher’s dad.”

– “Also not nominated, I Love You Phillip Morris, with Ewan McGregor and Jim Carrey, two heterosexual actors pretending to be gay — the complete opposite of some famous Scientologists then.” Gervais added: “My lawyers helped me the wording of that joke.”

Missing from this list, are two other great bits. When discussing the HFPA’s alleged influence from a private performance by Cher, Gervais quipped “Do you want to go see Cher? No. Why not? Because it’s not 1975.” And, while wrapping up the ceremony he concluded with: “I want to thank God for making me an atheist.” Gervais did pull back on one bit, as he discussed with Conan O’Brien recently:

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