Ricky Gervais has never shied away from controversy and his stints as a host of the Golden Globes, first in 2009-2011 and again in 2016, has done wonders to the ratings. His 2016 gig alone pulled in 18.5M viewers.
The star comedian has always been unapologetic about lambasting the Hollywood crowd inside the Beverly Hilton. He has faced numerous controversies thanks to the fun he has made of even the top celebrities that included Mel Gibson, Caitlyn Jenner, and Leonardo Di Caprio.
In his 5 times at the Golden Globes, the last in 2020, Ricky Gervais has built his reputation on many jokes considered off-limits to most. But he has recently explained that he doesn’t believe in pandering to celebrities. Ricky Gervais even says that he could have been harder and lets them off easily.
Ricky Gervais Says His Audience Matters More Than The Celebrities’ Feelings
Ricky Gervais says that he is more concerned about the 200M people watching his show in their homes than the 200 billionaires sitting in front of him. He said that the decision is a no-brainer. As a jester, he should be pleasing his fans. He says that he is the reason many people watch the awards, not merely to see people getting awards. As he says, ‘I’m nobody’s champion.
Gervais says that he could be worse but he keeps them within limits. He says that he doesn’t joke about things that people can’t help. He keeps the ribbing to their public behavior. People love making fun of the privileged.
Ricky Gervais says that he makes sure that everything he says is honest. He doesn’t say anything that is not in the public domain. He says he can always face them later.
Ricky Gervais’ stance on appropriate jokes is simple. He firmly believes that anything hoes. In a democracy, people have the right to offend and be offended and nobody has the right to outlaw topics. He believes that if he is not dividing people, he isn’t doing his job properly.