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.