Ricky Gervais didn’t hold back against Angelina Jolie, Charlie Sheen, Mel Gibson, John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Hugh Hefner and others last night at the Golden Globe Awards. You’d think that would be why he won’t be invited back next year but, surprisingly, that’s only partially the case. What got him in the most trouble was when he made fun of Philip Berk, head of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Apparently calling out the guy who threw the event is crossing the line. A member of the HFPA told Popeater,
“Ricky will not be invited back to host the show next year, for sure,” a member of the HFPA tells me, adding that Gervais’ relentlessly mean shtick could have even larger consequences. “For sure any movie he makes he can forget about getting nominated. He humiliated the organization last night and went too far with several celebrities whose representatives have already called to complain.”
Uh oh. Ricky’s movies won’t be nominated for the prestigious Golden Globes and a bunch of reps are already boo-hooing.
At least Ricky didn’t end it on a good note. Instead, choosing to go out in a blaze of glory joking, “Thank God for making me an atheist.”
“Ricky blew it big time. It’s one thing to make fun of celebrities but it’s another to make them totally uncomfortable,” an insider tells me. “People in that room were furious but had to sit and smile because the camera’s were on them. It really says something when several people who attended said they would have felt safer with Kathy Griffin hosting.”
Okay, I can see it from the celebrities’ points of view. No one wants to sit through two hours of a tubby British guy making fun of them. That’s like cutting down your self-esteem with a machine gun and then blasting the carcass with a cruise missile. But, come on. They’re jokes with a hint of truth. Can no one handle criticism? I’m sure butt hurt celebs will find comfort in their multi-million dollar mansions as they cry into their $500 pillow cases. If I’m a celebrity and the worse thing that happens to me is some guy tells funny jokes at my expense for one self-indulgent night of the year, then I’d feel I’d have a pretty damn good life.