Ricky Gervais is known for pushing the envelope. He created edgy shows like “Extras” and wrote and directed the controversial The Invention of Lying. So it came as no surprise that he didn’t hold back when he hosted The Golden Globes.
Gervais has now hosted the Globes three times, and each time, he has let it all out. Here are a few of his most memorable jokes:
Carell starred in the American remake of “The Office,” which Gervais created and starred in over in the U.K. Gervais made a few jokes about being responsible for Carell’s rise to stardom, and then he called out his replacement by NBC in an indirect joke at Carell’s expense. He said, “Let’s get on with it before NBC replaces me with Jay Leno.”
Some movies inexplicably wind up in the musical or comedy category, and Gervais took aim at some of those nominations. This year, The Martian was nominated, even though it is a serious movie about an astronaut getting stranded on Mars and figuring out a way to survive. “To be fair, The Martian was a lot funnier than Pixels. But then again, so was Schindler’s List,” he said, referring to the award-winning movie directed by Steven Spielberg.
Gervais took aim at Mel Gibson’s drinking and anti-semitic rants many times throughout the Globes. He said, “Listen, I like to drink as much as the next man … unless the next man is Mel Gibson.” Another time he said, “Mel blames … we all know who Mel blames.” When Gibson came out on stage, he made a joke of his own about Gervais, who then came out and asked him a question: “What the f— does sugar t—- actually mean?”
It’s unclear if Gervais will be asked to host again, but he’s certainly made his mark on Globes history either way!