HFPA's Mixed Reaction To Ricky Gervais: 'Occasionally Went Too Far' But 'Loved Show'

There is no such thing as bad publicity. And with the Web today abuzz over last night’s Golden Globes more that it has been in years, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. is “pleased” (Ratings were good too.) Of course there is the issue of host Ricky Gervais assailing half of the celebrity attendees and biting the hand that feeds him by taking jabs at HFPA too. He “occasionally went too far.” Here is HFPA’s full statement.

We loved the show. It was a lot of fun and obviously has a lot of people talking. When you hire a comedian like Ricky Gervais, one expects in your face, sometimes outrageous material. Certainly, in this case, he pushed the envelope and occasionally went too far. The HFPA would never condone some of his personal remarks. Overall, however, the show was among the best we’ve ever had and we were pleased.

  1. Gervais was great!
    He was the only reason I tuned in — and, if given the chance for next year I will tune in (waiting with bated breath) for more!

  2. The Golden Globes went from an irrelevant awards show with questionable methods of choosing winners, to a major hit (17 million viewers on the deadest night of the week, Sunday!?). Yeah maybe the HFPA and NBC will grumble within earshot of those who were grilled last night, but privately they are jumping for joy. In the age of cable tv, you got to push the envelope…hard, or you will be irrelevant, boring and without viewers. No one was going to watch the Golden Globes, until Twitter and Facebook came alive 15 minutes into the show. You can’t buy that kind of PR.

  3. It was certainly better than the Critics Award, something that I have utterly forgotten and it just happened 2 days ago.

  4. What I love about Gervais is that he just doesn’t give a damn what you think of him. He’s made his money, he doesn’t need to cowtow to anyone.

    But I betcha Xenu is looking for a volcano to throw him into right about now.

    I loved watching David slay Goliath, it’s always a good time.

  5. Oh, get over it already you Hollywood wimps. What’s wrong? Gervais strike a nerve or something?

    Quick, book Gervais for the 2012 GG show. What a refreshing change to watch someone who didn’t play it safe by kowtowing to the establishment.

  6. this is far too much press for an event this site criticizes regularly — leave this “who cares story” to HWR.

  7. No publicity is bad?

    Then lets publicize this:

    Only two Blacks were nominated last night.

    In 66 years, only one Black Director has ever been nominated – Spike Lee in 1990. He lost. Only two Black Writers have ever been nominated – both lost.

    No Black Best Actor In A Television Series noms since 2006.
    No Black Best Original Score – Motion Picture noms since 1987.
    No Black Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical noms since 2007, and that was the first since 1998.
    No Black Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television since 1998.

    Clearly, the HFPA is racist – lets publicize that and see how bad it isn’t.

    1. i’m not saying you’re wrong but just out of curiosity, which black artists should have been nominated? i’m genuinely curious.

      1. TV series: The entire cast of The Wire – black & white. Especially Sonya Sohn. Adawale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. L. Scott Caldwell. Chandra Levy. James Pickens Jr. Vanessa Williams. Jennifer Beals. Pam Grier. Loretta Divine. and doesn’t even scratch the list.

    2. How many whites get nominated for basketball player of the year? Must be racism! Or maybe whites are not so good at basketball and maybe, just maybe, blacks are not so good at cinema? Grow up Frank, that race card is getting old.

    3. You are so on the money…….the only black person I saw for a while was the black man “Helping” the (white) people up and down the stairs! it was so void of black people and the ones that were there…….DeNiro didn’t acknowledge his Black women of 20 some years.

  8. Shouldn’t their official statement be something like, “He went too far occasionally, like when he pointed out that we took bribes for nominating The Tourist.

    1. They nominated The Tourist to get Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in the audience to up the ratings. Great idea!

    2. Now THAT is a scoop worthy of bad publicity – and they must have paid double in bribes to have it be nominated as a COMEDY

  9. This show will be remembered for years to come. In a time when people are hurting from a recession, seeing a lot of very rich, entitiled celbrities get mocked was just what the doctor ordered. I didn’t even find the jokes that funny, but the context and reaction to them is fascinating.

    1. At the end of the day, though, he was hired to be really funny, not just really caustic. Ideally, he should have been both! I enjoy seeing overinflated egos skewered as much as the next person, but his jokes were so tired. A couple of digs were amusing but a lot were lame; Robert Downey’s stint in rehab, Tom Cruise might be gay…. who hasn’t heard these a million times? Gervais can be very, very funny as well as very, very biting but he was on auto pilot last night.

  10. Gervais Has been saying for weeks that he has no intention of ever hosting the show again.

    I’m pretty sure that contributed to his going all out last night.

    But all this stuff about how the HFPA will never ask him back is kind of a manufactured non-story given that he never had any intention of coming back anyway.

  11. Ricky Gervais assailing half of the celebrity attendees and biting the hand that feeds him by taking jabs at HFPA too.

    I think Gervais did not have to worry about any “feeding”. I think he’s doing okay without the HFPA. He is not a supplicant. Admirable!

  12. If the Golden Globe last night had been the The Source Awards, Ricky Gervais would have been shot coming off the stage. He dissed so many people – he made Suge Knight look like Mickey Mouse.

    Now I see why the British got their ass kicked in 1773, them bastards just don’t know when to quit.

  13. I’d say Ricky Gervais is a perfect antidote to the numbing narcissistic ubiquity of award show seasons that function mainly as a 24/7 ass-licking ladder-climbing money-squeezing cajones-polishing Hollywood wet dream.

  14. Ricky is the man! I never watch the Golden Globes because of its complete lack of integrity and its brown-nosing to celebrities. I watched Ricky’s opening monlogue and stayed glued to the set. In this day of relentless PC banter and “false humility” its refreshing to see someone completely hit the ball out of the park and crack jokes fearlessly.

  15. You’re a racist for bringing up race. I’m black and I’m sorry but there weren’t any good black actors this year. It happens. Get over it. Move on.

  16. HFPA– stupid? No.
    Racist thieves who will do anything to make $–? Yes.
    Saw the ratings then didn’t give a shit how many agents managers & publicist called to complain–? Yes.
    Will do anything to invite RG back next year–? Yes.

  17. Everyone loves to see celebrities get roasted ad nauseum, but the irony is that many of them devote give countless hours and money to charity, and work tirelessly towards promoting better policy for those not-so-privileged. But go ahead, rip their personal lives to shreds for the amusement of others. After all, isn’t that why awards shows exist? So we can criticize their wardrobes and call them gay? Then we can hop online and applaud classlessness, while exhibiting our own in anonymity! Fun.

  18. Its Robert Downey Jr who was the tasteless one. Those comments about the female actresses was unpleasant,

    1. Obviously RDJ needed RG to write his opener – it was sad, lame and in a bizarre context

  19. Maybe I’m confused… but isn’t being irreverent supposed to mean you poke fun at respected figures? And if you hire a comedian (twice!) with a track record of irreverent humour then shouldn’t you know what to expect? RG consistently and quite brilliantly bursts the bubble of celebrity “status” with a combination of brutal honesty and cheek.He didn’t rant or rave he just made a few comments that made some of the elite choke on their champagne.RG kept it real, so people lets ALL keep it real. It’s only an award show…don’t be so mean spirited.

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