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Ricky Gervais' Top Ten Golden Globes Jokes

Piya Sinha-Roy |
January 17, 2011 | 3:39 a.m. PST

Senior Entertainment Editor


Steve Carell pushes Ricky Gervais aside after Gervais made a joke at Carell being "ungrateful" for leaving "The Office" (Picture courtesy of Hollywood Foreign Press Association)
Steve Carell pushes Ricky Gervais aside after Gervais made a joke at Carell being "ungrateful" for leaving "The Office" (Picture courtesy of Hollywood Foreign Press Association)
Ricky Gervais may well and truly have dug his own grave during his hosting duties at this year’s Golden Globes Awards. Surrounded by the elegant Hollywood elite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Gervais held nothing back as he let loose on the wealth of material presented to him by the audience.

Charlie Sheen, Mel Gibson and Playboy’s Hugh Hefner were at the brunt of the jokes, while horrified members of the audience looked on at the jibes against Scientology. “We can recall back when Ricky Gervais was a slightly chubby but very kind comedian. Neither of which he is now,” reflected Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, after another one of Gervais’ scathing jibes. 

Gervais’ humor has always been borderline offensive with the American audience, but some are speculating that he may crossed the proverbial line this time around. With rumours abuzz that his almost hour-long absence during the live telecast was due to him being reprimanded backstage, it remains to be seen if Gervais will return to his hosting duties this time next year. 

Whether you found him funny or despicable, here are his top 10 moments from the 68th Annual Golden Globes awards show.


1. “Also not nominated “I Love You, Phillip Morris.” Um, Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, two heterosexual actors pretending to be gay. Sort of the complete opposite of some famous Scientologists then. Probably? My lawyers helped me with the wording of that joke. They’re not here.”

2. Talking of “The Walking Dead,” congratulations to Hugh Hefner who’s getting married at the age of 84 to 24-year-old beauty Crystal Harris. When she was asked why she was marrying him, she said “cause he lied about his age. He told me he was 94.” Oh come on. Don’t worry, hold out. Just don’t look at it when you touch it.”

3. "It's going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking. Or, as Charlie Sheen calls it, breakfast. Wow, so let's get this straight, so what he did was, he picked up a porn star, paid her to have dinner with him, introduced her to his ex-wife – as you do - went to a hotel, got drunk, got naked, trashed the place while she was locked in a cupboard, and that was a Monday. What does he do New Year's Eve?"

4. “Our next presenter is known for such films as “Hudson Hawk,” “Look Who’s Talking,” “Mercury Rising,” “Color of Night,” “The Fifth Element,” “Hart’s War.” Please welcome Aston Kutcher’s dad, Bruce Willis.”

5. “It was a big year for 3-D movies...seems like everything this year was three dimensional. Except the characters in “The Tourist.” Um, I feel bad about that joke. No, I’ll tell you why! I’m jumping on the bandwagon. Cause I haven’t even seen “The Tourist.” Who has? Um, but, no! It must be good because it’s nominated, so shut up. And I’d like to quash this ridiculous rumor going around that the only reason “The Tourist” was nominated was so the Hollywood Foreign Press could hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. That is rubbish. That is not the only reason. They also accepted bribes.”

6. “I love this next presenter; he’s so cool. He’s the star of “Iron Man,” “Two Girls And A Guy,” “Wonderboys”…I’m sorry are these porn films? “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang?” “Bowfinger?” “Up The Academy?” Come on! He has done all of those films, but many of you in this room probably know him best from such facilities as The Betty Ford Clinic and the Los Angeles County Jail. Robert Downey, Jr.”

7. "There were a lot of big films that didn't get nominated this year, nothing for “Sex and the City 2.” No, I was sure the Golden Globe for special effects would go to the team that airbrushed that poster. Girls, we know how old you are. I saw one of you in an episode of “Bonanza."

8. About ‘ungrateful’ Steve Carell and “The Office”: “"He's now leaving that show and killing a cash cow for both of us."

9. “And thank you to God. For making me an atheist.”

10. "One of the biggest TV events of the year was the finale of “Lost.” It was quite a complicated finale, and I'm not sure I understood it all. From what I can make out, the fat one ate them all."

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