Ricky Gervais won’t tone down Golden Globes monologue

The controversial comic is unrepentant over last year's awards

Ricky Gervais has vowed not to tone down his act when he returns as host of the Golden Globes.

The UK comic caused controversy when hosting last year’s Hollywood awards ceremony with a monologue that poked fun at most of the guests and nominees. Despite the apparent outrage, he has still been asked back this year.

And speaking on NBC News, Gervais maintained that he is unrepentant. He said: “I don’t know what I did wrong, really. What did I say that was untrue?”

I made a joke suggesting that Charlie Sheen might like a night out. I said that Robert Downey Jr spent some time in clinics. And he did. I’m not judging him by that; it’s a joke.

Pledging to deliver more of the same this year, he said: “I’ve never really succumbed to peer pressure. And this feeds into my humour. I deal in taboo subjects for that reason. Not only am I fascinated with them, but I like to take the audience to places that it hasn’t been before.”

Gervais continued: “You eventually come to the conclusion that your reputation is what strangers think of you, but your character is who you really are… and again, it just makes you bulletproof. You know?

“What do I care if someone likes what I do or not? I just don’t anymore. If you get your own way, if you get final edit and enjoy what you’re doing and things turn out exactly as wanted them – what else is there?”

However, Gervais has also vowed that this year’s Golden Globes will be his last.


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