​Ricky Gervais Golden Globes 2016: TV Host Begins Awkward Opening With Mel Gibson

Ricky Gervais Golden Globes 2016
Author: Kara GilmourBy:
Staff Reporter
Jan. 12, 2016

Ricky Gervais’ Golden Globes 2016 monologue came with a profanity-filled chat with Mel Gibson. Ricky Gervais opened the show drinking a beer on Sunday’s 73rd Annual Golden Globes with an emotional roller coaster that was cringeworthy, according to Mashable.

Gervais started the show with a slam on host network NBC, saying they were the only outlet who could broadcast the show fairly because, “They’re the only network with zero nominations.” Ricky also claimed that the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which organized the Golden Globes 2016, had warned the actor that “if I say anything offensive or crass or resort to innuendo, he is going to come out here and personally pull me off” the stage.

Ricky Gervais Golden Globes 2016 jokes about NBC Network

Ricky Gervais Golden Globes 2016 jokes about NBC Network

The comedian then said, “That’s an offer I couldn’t refuse” and segued into a joke about masturbation. All this went down as the big awards of the night, Best Motion Picture Comedy and Best Motion Picture Drama, went to “The Martian” and “The Revenant” respectively. The latter film, a bloody frontier thriller set in the 1820s, also won best director for Alejandro Inarritu and best actor in a motion picture drama for Leonardo DiCaprio.

Ricky Gervais’ Golden Globes 2016 monologue then took a weird turn. The win by “The Martian” in the comedy category raised eyebrows, including those of its director, Ridley Scott. “Comedy?” Scott wondered after taking the podium to accept the award before answering with a skeptical wave of his hand.

Gervais later mocked the awards themselves, describing them as “a bit of metal that some confused old journalist wanted to give you to meet you in person and take a selfie.” “If you do win tonight, remember that no one cares about that award as much as you do,” Ricky said. “Don’t get emotional. It’s embarrassing.”

The comedian added that he has won three Golden Globes: “One’s a doorstop. One I use to hit burglars with, and one I keep by the bed to- it doesn’t matter why. It’s mine. It’s mine.”

Gervais also took a swipe at Ben Affleck when introducing Matt Damon, calling him “the only person who [Affleck] hasn’t been unfaithful to.” Damon, who later won won Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for “The Martian,” shrugged and laughed at Ricky uncomfortably as he took to the stage to present.

Mel Gibson

But the most awkward moment of the night came when Gervais and Gibson stood onstage for several minutes of uncomfortable ribbing, during which Mel said that seeing Ricky host the show every three years “reminds me to get a colonoscopy.” Gervais countered by asking Gibson “What the f— does sugar t-s even mean?”, a reference to an insult Gibson directed at a female police officer during his now-infamous arrest for drunken driving in 2006.

As the show moved on, Jamie Foxx poked fun at Steve Harvey by imitating the “Family Feud” host’s viral gaffe at last month’s Miss Universe pageant. Foxx pretended the Best Original Score winner was “Straight Outta Compton” before furiously showing the cue card and admitting the winner was in fact “The Hateful Eight.”

Ricky Gervais’ Golden Globes 2016 monologue closed with a reference to Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor’s testicles — which are apparently “huge and long” — and a reassuring reminder to the winners that “no one cares about this award as much as you do.” But NBC has the last laugh by using the actor’s behavior and hosting skills to draw in millions of people to watch their network.

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