Did Ricky Gervais step over the line hosting the Globes Sunday night?
There were a few audible gasps and moans with scattered giggles during his opening monologue that poked fun at Cher, Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Mel Gibson, and the HFPA.
And the next day, rumors flew that the Golden Globes was not going to ask him back and that they were horrified at his skewering their hard-sought-after stars. Hollywood Foreign Press honcho Philip Berke released a statement saying that while they hadn’t seen the script beforehand, they thought he definitely “crossed the line” and added, “Any of the references to individuals is certainly not something the Hollywood Foreign Press condones”
However, Berke did not confirm or deny the rumors that Ricky wouldn’t be asked back to host next year. Ricky himself tweeted that no stars were offended and that he partied with many of them after the show.
I have no idea if he ran into Johnny or Angelina. But I was at the HBO post party and watched Ricky eating dinner like he hadn’t eaten in days and laughing it up with Tim Allen. Allen’s co-presenter Tom Hanks also reassured the formerly pudgy comedian that he was still “cuddly.” And I heard Jimmy Fallon say that Ricky did a great job at the NBC Universal party. Now more celebs have come to Ricky’s defense: