Inviting Johnny Depp, Ashton Kutcher, certain Scientologists and other targets of his tangy tongue to breathe a collective sigh of relief, Gervais is of the mind that his last Globes gig is behind him.
“It doesn’t really matter [if the Hollywood Foreign Press wants me back] because I’m not going to do it anyway,” Gervais told a TMZ camera crew. “I think twice is enough.”
Gervais says he enjoyed his second turn at the podium “more than last year” — and despite some harsh reviews, he actually earned a thumbs-up from the HFPA.
“We loved the show. It was a lot of fun and obviously has a lot of people talking,” the Globes’ backers said in a statement cited by Deadline. “When you hire a comedian like Ricky Gervais, one expects in your face, sometimes outrageous material. Certainly, in this case, he pushed the envelope and occasionally went too far. The HFPA would never condone some of his personal remarks. Overall, however, the show was among the best we’ve ever had.”
Some speculated on Sunday night that, in the midst of an hour-long Gervais-free stretch of the awards show, the host had gotten the hook by disgruntled producers. Ricky, though, shrugged off that talk, saying in a statement, “I did every single introduction I was meant to,” cherry-picking the presenters “I had the best jokes for. (And who I knew had a good sense of humour).”
Do you agree with Ricky’s decision to get out while the getting is kinda good? Who would you pick to follow his caustic act?