Typically, such awards hosting gigs come with options of two or three years on their contracts.
During the show, Gervais exclaimed, “The president of the HFPA just told me if I say anything offensive, or crass … he’s going to come out here personally and pull me off. Yes, that is the level…An old man pulling me off.” The joke seemed to go over the room’s heads. When Deadline asked about that bit, Gervais told us that that he’s never been put on a leash by NBC, Dick Clark prods or the HFPA during the Globes. “What’s great is that NBC and the HFPA let me do whatever I want. That is what’s so cool and great about them. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Gervais’ zinger laden set was on fire from the minute he stepped on stage sending up Caitlyn Jenner, Spotlight, and, of course, the ceremony itself. “I’ve changed a lot…but not as much as Bruce Jenner,” he promised the audience. He then spoke about how Caitlyn Jenner has made great strides, except for one area: “She hasn’t done much for women drivers.” In regards to the sexually abusive Roman Catholic clergy storyline in Spotlight, Gervais exclaimed that “Roman Polanski called it ‘The best date movie ever.'” An even more money line was when Gervais scoffed, “Film stars staying away from the Golden Globes! Particularly after their film company paid for it!” The line even gave Harvey Weinstein a huge laugh. But the crudest quip that had the press room buzzing was what Gervais said to Mel Gibson on stage. In case you didn’t catch it, the host reposted it on Twitter:
After his first emcee gig in 2011, Gervais shocked Hollywood with his pointed barbs, leading then-HFPA President Phillip Berk’s to say after the show that The Office star had “crossed the line.” But given the big ratings Gervais racked up, he was asked back to the podium for the 2012 Globes show.
Over the 2010-12 span, the Globes hosted by Gervais averaged a 5.2 rating in the 18-49 demo and 17M viewers overall, which was a 6% increase from the 2009 telecast in the demo and 14% or 2.1M persons in total viewers.
Another tweet from the master Globes roaster during the early part of this evening: