Golden Globes 2012: He's back and naughtier than ever! Beer-swilling Ricky Gervais drops the F-word, jokes about the size of his penis and Jodie Foster's 'Beaver'
Ignores 'no sexual innuendo' rule and jokes about Jodie Foster's sexuality
Causes controversy with quips about length of Kim Kardashian's marriageMeryl Streep leaves viewers stunned as she curses live on air
He said he wouldn't hold back and he didn't.
Ricky Gervais opened the 2012 Golden Globes with a series of saucy jokes, taking aim at everyone from Kim Kardashian and Mel Gibson to Eddie Murphy and Jodie Foster.
Within the first five minutes of the show beginning he joked about the size of his penis, the length of Kim's marriage and made tongue-in-cheek comments about Jodie's 'Beaver.'
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Host with the most: Ricky Gervais took to the stage of the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles
Getting into the spirit: Ricky drank beer during the show
And before the live broadcast ended he had producers racing to use the bleep button to make sure that viewers at home didn't hear him use the F-word.
A nervous NBC took full advantage of the seven-second delay that it imposed scrambling to hit mute when he appeared to say that he couldn't 'f***ing' understand what Antonio Banderas was saying to him earlier behind the scenes.
The 50-year-old British comedian took to the stage in a burgundy and black suit, with a cheeky grin and firing on all cylinders.
Good friends: Ricky teased Johnny Depp, who presented the first award of the night
Looking at the audience – who were
anticipating what he would say after his performance last year – Ricky
started the night by saying: 'Nervous Don't be. This isn't about you.'
He began by taking aim at the very
awards ceremony that he was presenting for the third time. He said:
'The Golden Globes are to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate
'Bit louder. Bit trashier. Bit drunker. And more easily bought… allegedly.'
Happy girl: Jodie Foster didn't take offence at Ricky's jokes even though she was accompanied by her sons Charles and Kit
Good spirits: Jodie had no problem with Ricky talking about her 'Beaver'
Ricky also said: 'Tonight, you get
Britain's biggest comedian, hosting the second biggest awards show, on
America's third biggest network…'
pretending to appease NBC – the US channel that broadcasts the
ceremony live – Ricky quickly said: 'I'm just kidding. It's the fourth.'
The forthcoming Academy Awards was also not spared.
F-bomb: As he introduced Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek, Gervais appeared to say that he couldn't 'f***ing' understand what they were saying backstage
Ricky sharply took aim at fellow
comic Eddie Murphy who originally agreed to present the Oscars before
pulling out after producer Brett Ratner quit.
He said: 'When the man who said: “Yes” to Norbit says, “No”, to you, you know you're in trouble.'
'I love Eddie Murphy. He loves dressing up. He's versatile.
trivia. Eddie Murphy and Adam Sandler, between them, played all the
parts in The Help. Brilliant.'
Dapper man: Audience member, actor and director George Clooney watches the show
Brangelina: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt laugh at the jokes being delivered from the stage
joke was well-received by the audience that included top stars such as
George Clooney, Madonna, Michelle Williams, Kate Winslet and Charlize
But perhaps the biggest laugh came when he made a saucy joke about actress Jodie Foster who directed Mel Gibson in The Beaver.
Brit pulled out a list of things the Hollywood Foreign Press – the
association that puts on the show – supposedly told him he couldn't
The list: Ricky reads from the list of topics he joked the Hollywood Foreign Press said he couldn't discuss
Cheers to me! Ricky posted this picture on Twitter along with the caption: 'Whizzed down the red carpet in record time to check my rider was in my dressing room as required. Excellent.'
The 'list' included Mel, the troubled actor, whom he has teased the past two occasions that he hosted the Golden Globes.
Ricky said: 'The Hollywood Foreign
Press have warned me that if I insult you or cause any controversy, they
would invite me back next year…
'[They gave me] a list of rules, and this is real. No profanity. That's fine. I've got a huge vocabulary.
'No nudity. See, that's a shame, because I've got a huge…vocabulary, but tiny penis. It works. I don't care. It's fine.
'No smut or innuendo. Or I'm not to libel anyone.
I mustn't mention Mel Gibson this year. Not his private life, his
politics, his recent films or especially not Jodie Foster's Beaver.
'I haven't seen it myself.
'I've spoken to a lot of guys – they haven't seen it either but that doesn't mean it's not good.'
49-year-old Oscar-winner took the joke with good spirits, even though
the host's comments were littered with sexual innuendo.
When the cameras honed in on her in the crowd, she made a thumbs-up sign and clapped.
One person who was not amused by Ricky's jokes was Madonna, who was on hand to present an award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Running jokes: Ricky cheekily runs across the stage behind Madonna while the singer fires back at him
The Golden Globes host guffawed when he introduced her, jokingly saying she was a virgin.
next presenter is the Queen of Pop.'
Then, jokingly looking at Elton John he said: 'No, not you Elton. She’s all woman.
always vogue, she’s a Material Girl and she’s just like a virgin. Please welcome Madonna.'
Turning the air blue: Meryl Streep also made the network reach for the mute button when she appeared to say 's***' upon discovering that she had taken to the stage without her glasses
A noticeably displeased
Madonna came on stage and fired back: 'If I'm still a virgin Ricky, then
why don't you come on do something about it
haven’t kissed a girl in a few years. On TV.'
Like a naughty school boy Ricky just ran across the stage behind her as she made her comments.
The queen of reality TV – Kim Kardashian – was also a target when Ricky ran through a list of celebrity break-ups in 2011.
Naughty boy: Actor Seth Rogen joked on stage that he was trying to conceal an erection while presenting an award with actress Kate Beckinsale
He said: 'Arnold and Maria. J.Lo and Marc Anthony.
'Ashton and Demi. Kim Kardashian and some guy no one will ever remember.
'He wasn't around long. Seventy-two days – a marriage that lasted 72 days. I've sat through longer James Cameron speeches.'
He also joked about the Justin Bieber paternity scandal, saying: 'Justin Bieber nearly had to take a paternity test.
'What a waste of a test that would have been.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAID
David Hinkley, NY Daily News: 'If somebody told Ricky Gervais not to offend anyone on the Golden Globes telecast Sunday night, it worked. Now if only somebody also told him to be funny'
Jill Serjeant, Reuters:
'With jokes ranging from Kim Kardashian's short-lived marriage to Jodie
Foster's box-office flop “The Beaver,” his third stint as Golden Globes
host proved more of a charm than his controversial and acid comments a
Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly:
'Ricky Gervais made two jokes about NBC, two about the Kardashians, and
one about Jody Foster’s Beaver – not exactly the stuff of raging
controversy. And he downright sucked up to George Clooney. And a Like A
Virgin joke regarding Madonna Sheesh.'
Mary McNamara, LA Times: 'Despite all his tough talk leading to Sunday night's broadcast, it was a markedly respectful and restrained Ricky Gervais who showed up to host this year's Golden Globes, leaving one to wonder why he bothered to take the gig at all (except for the money, of course).'
Alessandra Stanley, New York Times: 'His audience didn’t seem that amused, but they didn’t look scandalized either. While Mr. Gervais delivered by not holding back, it wasn’t an unpredictable or even a very seditious performance – a lot of the time his jokes felt forced and heavy-handed.'
Hank Stuever, Washington Post: 'This time he was funny enough, but far too harmless. The best Gervais could do this year was toss off a few jokes about the fact that he might make some unacceptable remarks. Which he never really did.'
Boston Herald: 'Ricky Gervais’ tired jokes not worth staying up for. When even Madonna seems funnier, perhaps it’s time to go home.'
Tim Molloy, The Wrap: 'Ricky Gervais gave the Golden Globes nothing to complain about – except, perhaps, for a sedate show. Even toned down, Gervais was still the best part of a decidedly slow show. Harsher jokes could only have helped.'
The Sydney Morning Herald: 'It seemed Gervais' humor was rather tame at some points compared to others who made penis jokes onstage and used foul language. At one point, Gervais came onstage drinking a beer, but somehow that seemed fitting for an awards show that bills itself as one big Hollywood party.'
Maureen Ryan, Huffington Post: 'If Gervais doesn't get invited back in 2013, it might be because he was so boring Sunday night. After weeks of media speculation about what Gervais would do, Gervais' performance as host was decidedly anti-climactic and underwhelming. Its general mediocrity gave the ceremony as a whole a certain deflated quality.'
'No, he's not the father. The only way that he could have impregnated a girl was if he borrowed one of Martha Stewart's old turkey basters.
Actor Johnny Depp was the first presenter of the night.
Last year Ricky teased Johnny and Angelina Jolie mercilessly about their movie flop, The Tourist.
He couldn't resist by making another jibe by asking the star: 'Have you seen The Tourist yet' The 48-year-old said: 'No.'
Throughout the evening Ricky kept on steadily drinking beer.
Cheesy grin: The comedian waves to fans while posing on the red carpet with his girlfriend Jane
Amazingly though he was not the only celebrity causing the NBC censors to sweat.
The night got quite raucous when actor Seth Rogen took to the podium to present an award with British actress Kate Beckinsale.
WINNERS AT THE 69TH ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBES
Picture, Drama: The Descendants.
Picture, Musical or Comedy: The Artist.
Actor, Drama: George Clooney, The Descendants.
Actress, Drama: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady.
Director: Martin Scorsese, Hugo.
Actor, Musical or Comedy: Jean Dujardin, The Artist.
Actress, Musical or Comedy: Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn.
Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners.
Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help.
Foreign Language: A Separation.
Animated Film: The Adventures of Tintin.
Screenplay: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris.
Original Score: Ludovic Bource, The Artist.
Original Song: Masterpiece (music and lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry), W.E.
Series, Drama: Homeland, Showtime.
Series, Musical or Comedy: Modern Family, ABC.
Actor, Drama: Kelsey Grammer, Boss.
Actress, Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland.
Actress, Musical or Comedy: Laura Dern, Enlightened.
Actor, Musical or Comedy: Matt LeBlanc, Episodes.
Miniseries or Movie: Downton Abbey (Masterpiece), PBS.
Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce.
Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Idris Elba, Luther.
Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story.
Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones.
Seth, 29, said: 'Hello, I am Seth Rogen and I am currently trying to conceal a massive erection.'
it was revered actress Meryl Streep who made them reach for the mute
button when she appeared to say 's***' upon discovering that she had
taken to the stage without her glasses.
who left celebrities stunned with his
string of jokes at the ceremony last year, said earlier this week:
'They're the wealthiest, most privileged people in the world.
'Offense is taken, not given.'
Talking to reporters backstage last night, Michelle Williams said she was enjoying the show and added: 'I've just been laughing. I haven't heard him make fun of me so maybe my laughter will turn to tears.'
And George Clooney praised the funnyman and added: 'I think he handled tonight like a proper good host again. I think people were expecting a lot of trash talk, and he did a little bit of that, and he made me laugh. He was very funny.'
In a five-minute opening monologue last year, the comedian took
aim at troubled actor Charlie Sheen, saying: ‘It’s going to be a night of
partying and heavy drinking, or as Charlie Sheen calls it, breakfast,' and the
Sex and the City 2 movie, smirking: ‘I was sure the Golden Globe for special
effects would go to the team that airbrushed that poster.’
Later, he described the film, I Love You Phillip Morris, as
being about ‘two heterosexual actors pretending to be gay — so the complete
opposite of some famous Scientologists, then.’
His performance prompted a backlash from actors including
Robert Downey Jr, who said: ‘Aside from the fact that it’s been hugely
mean spirited with mildly sinister undertones, I’d say the vibe of the show’s
pretty good so far.’
Ricky's jokes were also edgy in 2010 – the first time that he presented the awards – but he wasn't as provocative.
that night he sipped on a glass of beer during the show at the Beverly
Hilton Hotel, just before introducing Mel Gibson to the stage.
Ricky then joked: 'I like a drink as much as the next man…unless the next man is Mel Gibson.'
The actor was convicted of drink driving in 2006.
Ricky also teased Sir Paul McCartney who had recently divorced his second wife, Heather Mills.
He said: 'We actually came over on the same
flight. I didn't get to speak to him because I was up the front in
'He was behind me in coach. Saving money. He spent an awful lot last year.
don't think we have to feel too sorry for him,' Gervais assured. 'He's doing alright.'
Ricky insisted he had no regrets about lashing
out at Hollywood stars, saying: ‘I stand by everything.
'You shouldn’t apologise
for anything you meant to do. You can apologise for things you do when you’re
15, but not when you’re 50.'
Warming up: Ricky teased his Twitter followers earlier this week by posting a hilarious photo of himself on his page