Returning To The Golden Globes
Comedian Ricky Gervais is returning to host the 2020 Golden Globes, having previously hosted in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2016. The unapologetic comedian is certain to bring his well-known acerbic flair to the gig, and he gave an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that should five viewers a sense of what's to come.
Gervais stance toward offended people is usually something along the lines of "I don't care," but the Brit did admit to one joke from the 2011 show that he does regret, because target Tim Allen "took [the joke] the wrong way."
A Joke He Regrets
When introducing Allen and his Toy Story costar Tom Hanks, Gervais listed off Hanks' many accolades and quipped "and the other is Tim Allen." Honestly, it's a relatively harmless joke, but Gervais is still apologetic.
"I’m teasing Tim Allen. But anyone standing next to Tom Hanks, unless it’s Dustin Hoffman or Robert Redford or Robert De Niro, that could be me. But it happened to be Tim Allen. And I have nothing against Tim Allen. He’s a good actor. He’s probably a nice bloke.
So even though there’s no malice and I can justify it comedically and everyone laughed, I didn’t want Tim Allen to think, ‘Oh, that was written for me. Why me?’ Well, because you were standing next to Tom Hanks."
What To Expect From The 2020 Show
"I think I’ll go after the general community. I’d go after cinema and I’d go after television and I’d go after actors and I’ll go after pretension and hypocrisy," he explained. "You know what I mean? I’d go after those big, nebulous things where they can all feel I’m not picking on any one person. I’m never going to point to someone and say, “You had a bad year, mate,” you know?"
"It's fun... I try and make it a spectator sport. I try and play the outsider."
His Writing Process
Gervais also paid lip service to cancel culture and how it affects his writing process.
"I start writing immediately [after getting the job]. Before I decide to do it, I have to go, 'Have I got anything? What's happened?' … I write jokes and they're considered and I make sure they're bulletproof."
"Nowadays, you've got to make sure they're bulletproof in 10 years' time, with people going through saying, 'He said this once, 10 years [ago].' There's more pressure on making [the jokes bulletproof]. It's the world [watching]. This isn't me in a comedy club."
The Golden Globes air Sunday, Jan. 5, at 8 p.m. ET. Will you be watching?