Hosting the Golden Globes for the fourth time, the first since 2012, Ricky Gervais had a small sackful of barbs, several aimed at Jennifer Lawrence and her campaign for equal pay for women in Hollywood. “Jennifer Lawrence got overwhelming support from people everywhere,” he said, adding that there were marches on the street with taxi drivers and construction workers saying, “How the hell can a 25-year-old live on $52 million a year?” He added that he supported the cause and as proof, said he was being paid “exactly the same as Tina and Amy last year. They were two but it’s not my fault they wanted to share.”

In the run-up to the show, NBC’s Matt later referred several times to actors steeling themselves for Gervais’ jibes. Gervais disputed one press report claiming that some stars would start away for fear of his cutting remarks. Nonsense, Gervais said, who’s going to turn down the chance to win a Golden Globe — “especially if their film company has already paid for it?” as the camera panned to Harvey Weinstein.

Noting that The Martian was nominated for best comedy, Gervais said, well “The Martian was a lot funnier than Pixels. Then again, so was Schindler’s List.” Along similar lines of taste, he congratulated Spotlight for its nomination, noting that Roman Polanski called it “the best date movie ever.”

And of course he couldn’t leave with taking a shot at NBC, noting that it’s right the Peacock web was broadcasting the awards; they could be fair and impartial because “they’re the only network with no nominations.”

Gervais began by saying he planned to deliver the monologue “and then get out of here. Not even Sean Penn will find me. Snitch.”  Timely as heck.

The monologue ran only about six minutes and then Gervais was, as promised, outta there