During a recent appearance on the U.K.'s 'Graham Norton Show,' the British comedian spoke about his reputation for taking his jokes a bit too far.
Ricky Gervais made a Thursday night appearance on the U.K.'s Graham Norton Show, where he talked about his upcoming gig hosting the 2020 Golden Globes.
The British comedian — who has hosted the Hollywood awards ceremony four times before, from 2010 to 2012 and again in 2016 — spoke specifically about his reputation for sometimes taking his jokes a bit too far. Gervais told Norton that he doesn't rehearse before hitting the stage at the Beverly Hilton hotel, where the Globes are held each year.
"When I do it, I'm going to say what I want. I don't have to rehearse. And they say that's fine," Gervais said of his preparation process. However, he admitted, "I do have to tell a lawyer it just before I go on."
Asked if he has ever had to cut material for legal reasons, Gervais said no. "Because I know the law. I know what I can get away with," he admitted with a smile. "I know what I can say."
"I don't libel anyone," Gervais continued, later claiming, "And I've never had a complaint upheld. See? I know what I'm doing."
Gervais' hosting stints have been marked by infamous jokes at the expense of Hollywood A-listers such as Bruce Willis, Mel Gibson, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lawrence, as well as the organizers of the event, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Robert Downey Jr. previously commented on Gervais' jokes during the 2011 Golden Globes ceremony, saying, "Aside from the fact that it's been hugely mean-spirited with mildly sinister undertones, I'd say the vibe of the show has been pretty good so far, wouldn't you?"
Tom Hanks and Tim Allen have also jokingly criticized Gervais for his sense of humor in the past. "We recall when Ricky Gervais was a slightly chubby but very kind comedian," Hanks said while presenting a Golden Globe at a previous show. Allen then chimed in, "Neither of which he is now."
Still, Gervais remains unbothered. "People say, 'Why do you go through so much trouble to offend people?'" he told Norton. "And I say, 'It's no trouble.'"
Watch part of Gervais' interview on The Graham Norton Show below.
The 77th Golden Globes will air live on NBC beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Jan. 5.
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In contrast, a few days earlier, ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke confirmed at TCA that the Oscars will go without a traditional host for a second straight year in 2020.
While he does not want to pit the two awards shows against each other, NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy likes the Globes host strategy.
“I think people do compare the Golden Globes to the Oscars a lot. I don't,” he said. “I feel at this point they are very noticeably different from entertainment point of view, one's very stately and one wants to stay a bit roguish. The Golden Globes is a very different beast. And no, it can't be host-free. I've seen it host-free.”
Telegdy was in his first week on the job as NBC”s new head of alternative programming in January 2009 when he was informed that his oversight also includes specials, including the Golden Globes, which were taking place that very week.
In 2009, the Globes was its 66th year and 65th without a host. It would be the show’s last time being host-less since. The following year, NBC brought in Ricky Gervais, who just did his fourth and final, he says Globes hosting gig.
“What's the most awesome version of the Golden Globes? For me it's one with a host, and Ricky did an amazing job this year,” Telegdy said.
Asked to further evaluate Gervais’ performance this year, Telegdy gushed, “Oh my gosh, thank you Ricky, thank you Ricky, thank you Ricky, thank you Ricky,” adding “Does anyone want to host an awards show in 2020? It's the hardest job, and there is no upside.”
Telegdy is referring to the intense scrutiny each prospective host comes under on social media, which led to the exit of Kevin Hart from the Oscars last year.
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How was NBC able to get Fey and Poehler?
“They know they are in good hands,” Telegdy said.
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