Ricky Gervais felt he had some explaining to do about the Golden Globes, and oh, also those Golden boxer briefs he was wearing. He tweeted a photo of himself in his skivvies on the balcony of his hotel room in Los Angeles before the show.
Gervais was back in New York — from 80 degrees to 20 in a few hours he noted on his blog — while the controversy around his emcee duties on continued to reverberate over the question of whether his jokes were appropriate or not for the show.
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Also at issue is how celebrities are reacting to them along with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Reports have ranged from he’s being blackballed by the HFPA and denounced by stars to he was over-the-top funny and that the jokes and on stage reaction to them were rehearsed beforehand.
As for the golden briefs, “OK. I can explain,” he wrote. “Ellen gave me them and ask me to wear them for the Golden Globes. How could I refuse. This is me before I popped on the old tux.
“See. It’s not weird at all is it?” he wrote.
With that out of the way, he turned to his performance.
“I enjoyed the Globes more this year. I think I had better gags. More along the lines of the Mel Gibson one last year,” he said.
“Obviously the rumour that the organizers stopped me going out on stage for an hour is rubbish. I did every link I was scheduled to do,” he said.
During the show, rumors circulated over Twitter and other social media that Gervais had been fired mid-way through the show, or that he had been abruptly yanked from the stage.
“The reason why the gaps were uneven is because when I got the rundown I was allowed to choose who I presented to. I obviously chose the spots that I had the best gags for. They couldn’t move around the order but I could move around however I wanted,” he explained.
All the same conspiracy theories as last year too… ‘So and so was offended’… ‘hasn’t been invited back yet’… exactly the same as last time.
“Paul McCartney was furious”… no he wasn’t. And nor was Tim Allen and Tom Hanks. I was drinking with them after.
They he portrayed himself as the victim.
“Why do people have to embellish? They’re allowed to say they hated it. They’re allowed to say they didn’t find it funny, that it was tasteless, over the top, or whatever. But why do they speculate and make stuff up?” he questioned.
“Don’t worry, I know the answer. Because it’s more interesting than ‘it went fine and some people won some awards and then went to a party.’ But that’s all that happened.”
Actually, I see what they mean. Boring. So here’s what really happened. Bruce Willis and Sly Stallone started a fight with me but Alec Baldwin and Mark Walberg stepped in and helped me out. That’s what happened,” he wrote.
Separately, Gervais reportedly told a photographer from gossip site TMZ that he thought hosting the awards “twice was enough.”
Philip Berk, president of the Press Association, said Monday that Gervais had “crossed the line,” but declined to comment on whether Gervais would return as host next year.