Ricky Gervais says the only thing shocking about his Golden Globes hosting style is the fact that people find it shocking.
The 54-year-old British comedian, who is set to return as host of the 73rd Golden Globes this weekend after a four year absence, said he cannot understand why anyone would find his quips shocking: “I was shocked that people thought that was shocking. Genuinely. I thought, what have I said wrong?”
“I didn’t say anything outrageous or libelous. I didn’t say anything against broadcasting rules. It was on network television, late afternoon, it couldn’t have been that bad,” he said.
During his first appearance as host, the A-list audience sat hushed in horror as Gervais ripped into the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s president, the Church of Scientology and many of the stars in attendance. Gervais is adamant, however, that the show should be made fun to watch for people at home — not the stars who receive the awards.
“There’s nothing in it for the people watching at home. They’re not winning awards. It’s not a spectator sport watching other people win awards, so I tried to make it one,” he said.
“I can justify every joke I’ve ever done,” the Derek star insisted. “Do I pander to 200 fragile egos in the room or 200 million people watching at home?” An interesting question to ponder while we speculate who will get the toughest roasting this weekend.