Co-creator of The Office and longtime funnyman Ricky Gervais hosted the Golden Globes for the last time last night, and that’s not only because he doesn’t really want to do it again – we’re absolutely sure that after last night’s performance on stage, Gervais won’t be invited back anywhere near the awards ceremony.
Not only did he drop more f-bombs than ever before, but he also took to the stage with a beer, rambled his way through most of his set, and took some serious swipes at Hollywood’s biggest stars.
These aren’t casual punches he’s throwing, either – Gervais is not playing as he tears into Hollywood, which will not be good for his career going forward. There is not a single person in that room that won’t remember what he said tomorrow, or at their next casting call.
So I guess that’s goodbye for Gervais’ career, huh?
He wasted no time, with a beer in his hand and a mission. Gervais wasn’t going to be political (he wasn’t), and he wasn’t going to be kind (he certainly wasn’t). What he was going to do was call out Hollywood on their BS.
Gervais started out by digging into stars who talk about how “woke” they all are, while constantly taking money from major corporations.
“Apple roared into the TV game with ‘The Morning Show,’ a superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing made by a company that runs sweatshops in China. So if you say you’re ‘woke’ but the companies you work for, Apple, Amazon, Disney… if ISIS had a streaming service, you would be calling your agents.”
They weren’t all good jokes, though. Most of them missed, in fact. Gervais made a tired and old reference to Epstein’s method of passing (we all get it, yes), and when the crowd groaned at the months-old reference that was played out, Gervais said: “Shut up. I know he’s your friend, but I don’t care.”
Some of his jokes were funny, if a bit cringe-worthy, like taking a stab at the lengthy runtime of Leo DiCaprio’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
“Leonardo DiCaprio attended the premiere and, by the end, his date was too old for him … Even Prince Andrew is like, ‘Come on Leo, mate. You’re nearly 50.’”
— The Ringer (@ringer) January 6, 2020
At least Leo, who is known for going through women half his age like tissues, seemed amused at the jab.
Let’s be clear – most of this was in his opener, too. He ended his angry rant against Hollywood with a warning to not make any acceptance speeches political.
“You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything,” he said. “You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg.”
Gervais didn’t make any friends. The crowd seemed a mix of horrified and unbelieving as Gervais kept rambling on, and every time the camera panned to Tom Hanks he looked absolutely disgusted.
— YRF Muzik (@YrfSquad) January 6, 2020
Whether you love or hate Gervais and his… unique comedy style last night, you can’t deny that he said exactly what he was thinking.
And we will never see him host another major Hollywood event again.