Ricky Gervais Is Hosting the Golden Globes Just To Annoy People

January 12, 2012 By:
Ricky Gervais Is Hosting the Golden Globes Just To Annoy People

And that should make you want to watch it even more.

Ricky Gervais, who hurt nearly every celebrity’s feelings at the 68th Annual Golden Globes, says he agreed to return because he knew it’d irritate people. This Sunday’s awards show will be the third time Gervais has hosted the Golden Globes.

"The reason I said yes the first time was because I was very flattered,” Gervais said. “It was a huge global audience for a comedian. I like writing jokes. That's what I do. The reason I did it the second time was I thought I could improve on the first. Which I think I did. I wasn't going to do it again, but there were loads of people in the press saying I'd never be invited back and that's why I said yes."

Ricky says he knew there would be backlash when he said things like, “Nothing for Sex and the City 2? I was sure the award for best special effects would go to the team that airbrushed that poster.”

"I knew what I was doing,” Ricky told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show. “It's the same as stand-up. I know where the gasps are going to come. I know when the laughs are going to come ... I knew all that.”

But Gervais does admit he had no idea how much press he’d get from his hosting duties.

“You usually have to kill someone to get that many columnists. They were still talking about it, so I was shocked at the reaction.”

Ricky continues that ultimately, it’s about comedy. And celebs should have a sense of humor about themselves.

"I don't think I was nasty. If they saw my stand-up, their heads would explode,” Gervais says. “People say, ‘is there anything you shouldn't joke about’? I don't think there is. I just think it depends what the joke is. Comedy comes from either a good or a bad place, and I was just teasing them, ya know. “

Still, many celebs had their feelings hurt, with Robert Downey, Jr. calling Ricky “hugely mean spirited.” Gervais’ standpoint is, simply, that celebs should get over it because they’re not exactly suffering in life.

“It wasn't a room full of wounded soldiers. These are the richest, most privileged people in the world."