Ricky Gervais insults Caitlyn Jenner, Mel Gibson, Ben Affleck and many, many more

Host Ricky Gervais speaks onstage during the 73rd Golden Globes Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 10, 2016, in Beverly Hills, California.

Host Ricky Gervais speaks onstage during the 73rd Golden Globes Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 10, 2016, in Beverly Hills, California.

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Ricky Gervais prides himself on being an equal-opportunity offender. As host of the Golden Globes Awards he took aim at every conceivable target, some deserving, others perhaps less so. We’ll let you decide. Here are a few of the individuals and insitutionals who took a beating:


“It’s only right that NBC hosts this awards show. They’re the only network that’s truly fair and impartial, and that’s because they’re the only network with zero nominations. So … nothing in it for ‘em tonight. They don’t care, obviously.”


The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.

“One publication said me hosting would mean some film stars would stay away for fear of being made fun of. As if film stars would stay away from a chance of getting a Golden Globe — particularly if their film company has already paid for it.”

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Mel Gibson

“I’m in the awkward position of having to introduce him again. Listen, I’m sure it’s embarrassing for both of us. I blame NBC for this terrible situation. Mel blames … we know who Mel blames.”

Bill Cosby


“Mel’s forgotten all about it apparently; that’s what drinking does. I want to say something nice about Mel before he comes out. So: I’d rather have a drink with him in his hotel room tonight than with Bill Cosby.”

Ben Affleck

(introducing Matt Damon) “He’s also the only person Ben Affleck hasn’t been unfaithful to.”

Roman Polanski

“The Catholic Church are furious about the film [‘Spotlight’], as it exposes the fact that 5 percent of all their priests have repeatedly molested children and been allowed to continue to work without punishment. Roman Polanski called it the best date movie ever.”



“To be fair ‘The Martian’ was a lot funnier than ‘Pixels,’ but then again, so was ‘Schindler’s List.’ ”

Caitlyn Jenner

“I’ve changed. Not as much as Bruce Jenner, obviously. Now Caitlyn Jenner, of course. What a year she’s had. She became a role model for trans people everywhere, showing great bravery in breaking down barriers and destroying stereotypes. She didn’t do a lot for women drivers, but you can’t have everything, can ya?”

But Gervais got a taste of his own medicine from Gibson. “I love seeing Ricky every three years because it reminds me to get a colonoscopy,” said the actor.

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