“I have specific targets, but targets is a word I wouldn’t use — [they’re] subjects,” he told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour Friday, where he was promoting his new HBO comedy/faux documetary, Life’s Too Short.
“I’m going to do a monologue about the year and then [ding] six or seven people… like I did last year,” he continued. “I don’t have anything against anyone in the room; they’re just gags. I’m not trying to hurt anyone’s feelings. I’m a comedian. I’d rather they laugh than gasp, but I cherish the gasps along with the laughs.”
Gervais added that the “backlash” following last year’s ceremony was much ado about nothing. “Everyone took it well,” he insisted. “I don’t know who was really outraged.
“What’s the worst that can happen?” he mused. “I end my career once a week, if you read the press. That’s my extreme sport. If you get final [say] — and I do — and you’re happy with what you’re done, you’re bulletproof… I stand by every joke I did last year. I don’t care what people think.”