Well we saw this coming. Ricky Gervais stirred up some controversy when he mocked a number of stars including Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr. and Steve Carrell while hosting the Golden Globe Awards this past Sunday. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) president Philip Berk – who was also the subject of jibes by the host – was unimpressed.
“He definitely crossed the line. And some of the things were totally unacceptable.” Berk told The Hollywood Reporter, “Any of the references to individuals is certainly not something the Hollywood Foreign Press condones.”
The HFPA has reportedly been inundated with angry phone calls from agents claiming their clients were offended but Berk claims his organization were unaware of what Ricky would say.
Bark commented, “I had absolutely no idea what Ricky was going to say so anything I heard was heard the same time you heard it. When you hire Ricky Gervais you expect the unexpected.”
While Gervais, 49, admitted he was unsure if he would be asked back to host the event for a third time – after also taking charge in 2010 – he claimed he loved the experience and was happy with his performance. When asked if he had fun, Ricky replied “Oh absolutely. For three hours every year, Hollywood is scared to death of me. It’s great.”
A number of celebrities took to twitter to show their support for the comic.
Legendary broadcaster Larry King writing: “The folks who put on the Globes have no right to complain about Ricky Gervais. He does what he does. Why should it surprise them? You agree?”.
Actress Elizabeth Banks added: “I thought RG was hilarious. Actors can take it. We have thick skins.”
Hugh Hefner responded to a joke Ricky made about the age gap between himself and his 24-year-old fiancee Crystal Harris, saying: “the Golden Globes was a blast. They made fun of everyone, including Crystal & me. A great night. (sic)”
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