Ricky Gervais planning alternative Golden Globes commentary

Comedian to offer his own awards commentary after controversial performance got him banned

Ricky Gervais is planning his own Golden Globes commentary after his controversial performance at the event earlier this year got him banned.

Admitting that he’s “very unlikely” to be asked back after his scathing jokes grabbed more headlines than the actors who won awards, The Office co-creator wrote in the Wall Street Journal that he’ll just organise his own coverage of the star-studded bash.

“Because of the greatest thing about our society, freedom of speech, I can still host the Golden Globes, or any event on the planet. I am working with a Californian technology company on a live webcast idea.”

He added:

People watch their TV at the same time as listening to me and a few chums provide our own alternative commentary. This is not to steal anyone’s thunder, or disrupt pleasant society. It’s simply a new horizon. And for its own sake.

He went on to say he felt the same way about his podcasting idea back in 2005, The Ricky Gervais Show.

“I was doing it for a laugh. There are not many better reasons to do anything.”

Watch Ricky Gervais’ opening monologue from the 2011 Golden Globes below, and read Barry Nicolson’s blog on the subject.