The Golden Globes had never even had a host before Ricky Gervais took the reins for the 67 th annual formality on Jan. 17, 2010. This year, he’s back for the fifth epoch, a development that is likely to establish the celebrity-filled audience at the Beverly Hilton Hotel a bit more apprehensive than they have been in recent years.
After The Office architect hosted for three straight times at the beginning of this past decade, he elapsed the flashlight to SNL alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who similarly satisfied in torching Hollywood’s most powerful players through jokes for the next three years. Gervais returned for what everyone assumed would be the final period in 2016 before NBC began to bring in safer pots like Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers and last year’s wild card duo, Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh.
Before Gervais takes the stage tonight, here’s a look back at some of the most brutal and memorable jokes from the past 10 times.
Ricky Gervais vs. Mel Gibson
The most infamous joke made by Gervais in his first Golden Globes didn’t even come during the monologue.” I hope I haven &# x27; t piqued anyone. It &# x27; s not my fault. I like a alcohol as much as the next guy ,” the host said midway through the ceremony that year.” Unless the next male is Mel Gibson .” The next year, he discontinued his monologue with another Gibson joke.” Our first presenter is beautiful, talented … and Jewish, apparently ,” he said.” Mel Gibson told me that. He’s preoccupied .”
Six year later, Gervais and Gibson appeared together on the Globes stage for a little of personality portrait rehab that did not go over well in the media. Introducing Gibson, who was there to present Best Picture nominee Mad Max: Fury Road , Gervais acknowledged their storied past.
” I blame NBC for this terrible situation ,” he said.” Mel blames … we know who Mel blames .” While he told me that he feels” a little bad” for all the jokes he made at the actor’s expense, he contributed,” Mel’s forgotten all about it, apparently. That’s what boozing does .” And then finally:” I’d rather get a drink with him in his hotel room tonight instead of Bill Cosby .”
They capped off the awkwardness with an unpleasant embracing on stagecoach. Spectators at home didn’t hear it because it was bleeped, but Gervais asked Gibson,” What the fucking does’ carbohydrate tits’ even aim ?” referring to the phrase he used to describe a police officer in his drunkard driving arrest 10 years earlier.
Ricky Gervais Trashes’ The Tourist’–And the Hollywood Foreign Press
Over the years, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hands out the Globes, had frequently been criticized for its strange feeling( appreciate last year’s ” Best Drama” win Bohemian Rhapsody ) and obsession with luminary( see this year’s multiple nominations for The Morning Show ). And nothing has exemplified both of these trends more than when their own bodies elected The Tourist , which was not a comedy or musical, for Best Comedy or Musical in 2011. Aces Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie likewise scored nods for the critically mocked movie.
” It was a big year for 3D movies. Toy Story , Repugnant Me , Tron ,” Gervais said in his sermon that time.” It seemed like everything this year was three-dimensional. Except the characters in The Tourist . I already feel bad about that joke. I say to you what, I’m jumping on the bandwagon, because I haven’t even recognized The Tourist . Who has? But it must be good because it’s nominated, so said shut up, OK? And I’d like to crush this ridiculous rumor that the only reason The Tourist was nominated was so that the foreign press could hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. That was not the only reason–they also consented bribes .”
It’s kind of a miracle the Globes invited Gervais back to host for a third time the next year. Especially because in 2012, he joked,” For any of you who don’t know, the Golden Globes are just like the Oscars, but without all that esteem. The Golden Globes are to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton. A bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker, and more readily bought. Allegedly. Nothing’s been proved .”
Amy Poehler Torches James Cameron
2013, the first year Tina Fey and Amy Poehler took over hosting offices from Gervais, was its first year of Zero Dark Thirty . Three years earlier, the director of that movie, Kathryn Bigelow, became the first–and to this day, the only–woman to acquire the Best Director prize at the Oscars for The Hurt Locker , beating out her ex-husband James Cameron for Avatar .
” I haven’t been really in accordance with the controversy over Zero Dark Thirty ,” Poehler said at the top of the show,” but when it comes to torture, I trust the dame who expend three years married to James Cameron .”
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Call Out Bill Cosby
” In Into the Woods , Cinderella leads from her lord, Rapunzel is shed from a tower for her monarch, and Sleeping Beauty only thoughts she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby ,” Poehler joked to a mix of groans and claps from the audience.
This led Fey to break out her Cosby impression, explaining that the comedian admitted to a reporter,” I threw the pills in the people. The beings did not crave the pills in them .”
“That’s not right,” Poehler said in response, pretending to rebuked Fey for making an inappropriate joke.” It’s more like,’ I got the pills in my shower and I set’ em in the people !'”
Ricky Gervais Takes on Caitlyn Jenner
Apparently feeling that he had to up the ante when he returned to host the Globes in 2016, Gervais turned his attention to Caitlyn Jenner, who had recently come out as trans.
” I’m going to be nice tonight. I’ve converted ,” he said in his speech, before adding,” Not as much as Bruce Jenner. Obviously. Now Caitlyn Jenner, of course .”
” What a year she’s had !” he continued.” She became a role model for trans people everywhere, depicting enormous gallantry in broken off obstructions and destroying stereotypes. She didn’t do a lot for women operators. But you can’t have everything, can you? Not at the same time .”
Though Gervais was accused of transphobia for that joke–and more specifically a longer bit about Jenner on his 2018 special Humanity — he maintains that the target of the joke was Jenner’s fatal car accident , absolutely no truth to the rumors gender identity.
” I was very careful that the joke was about her has become a bad operator. The joke was about stereotypes ,” he told The Hollywood Reporter recently.” I started off is being properly inclusive saying she &# x27; s brave, breaking down railings. And then I[ said] she didn &# x27; t do a lot for women drivers .”
Seth Meyers Tears Into # MeToo Predators
In 2018, Seth Meyers was the first comedian to host a major gift picture since the #MeToo movement began in earnest the previous descend.” Good evening, ladies and remaining gentlemen ,” he began to a cathartic chuckle from the crowd.” It’s 2018. Marijuana is finally permitted and sexual harassment eventually isn &# x27; t .”
Over the course of his sermon, Meyers went on immediately address Harvey Weinstein (” Don’t worry, he’ll be back in 20 years where reference is becomes the first party ever booed during the In Memoriam segment .”); Kevin Spacey (” I was happy to hear they’re going to do another season of House of Cards . Is Christopher Plummer available for that, more? I hope he can do a Southern accent, because Kevin Spacey sure couldn’t “); and Woody Allen, by way of Best Picture nominee The Shape of Water (” When I firstly heard about a film where a naive young woman twilights in love with a disgusting ocean ogre, I supposed, oh boy , not another Woody Allen movie .”)
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