5 Ricky Gervais Jabs Bound to Result in Hollywood Enemies (VIDEO)

ricky gervaisIf you ask most, I bet they'll tell you that they thought Ricky Gervais did a fine job hosting the 2012 Golden Globes last night. He was daring. He was funny. And, of course, he took no prisoners -- which is exactly what we spectators watching from the comfort of our homes like. Hollywood should get made fun of because, well, it's ridiculous. But I don't think everyone shared this sentiment. In fact, if I were a betting woman, I'd say most actors, NBC executives, and members of the Hollywood Foreign Press were on the edge of their seats, sweating bullets as to what Gervais was going to say next.

And, boy, did he not disappoint. Here are five jokes from the Golden Globes host that most likely earned him a few more enemies in Tinsel Town.

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1. His knocking of NBC in the opening monologue. At the start of the show, here's what Ricky had to say about the peacock network: "Tonight you get Britain's biggest comedian, hosting the world's second biggest awards show on America's third biggest network. Sorry, is it? Fourth. It's fourth."

Ouch. It's no secret that NBC has taken a beating, ratings-wise, in recent years. I'm sure they didn't appreciate Ricky reminding them of this -- or reminding the world.

2. His questioning of the authenticity of the Golden Globes. After poking fun at the NBC, Gervais moved on to the integrity of the awards show itself, saying: "For any of you who don't know, the Golden Globes are just like the Oscars, but without all that esteem. The Golden Globes are to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton. A bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker, and more easily bought. Allegedly. Nothing's been proved."

That's quite an accusation. (Way to throw in the word "allegedly" for safety.) But, I mean, really, who would be shocked if they heard awards were bought in Hollywood? Everything's bought in Hollywood! I don't think actors and actresses want the general public let in on this dirty, little secret, though.

3. His random jab at Eddie Murphy. Of course, nobody's off-limits, but the Eddie Murphy rib seemed out of left field. Gervais said: "Who needs the Oscars? Not me. And not Eddie Murphy. He walked out on them, and good for him. But when the man who said yes to 'Norbit' says no to you, you know you're in trouble. I love Eddie Murphy. He loves dressing up, doesn't he? Versatile. He's versatile. No, he is. Bit of trivia for you: Eddie Murphy and Adam Sandler between them played all the parts in the movie 'The Help.' Isn't that brilliant. They were brilliant. I can't believe they're not here. Or maybe they are. They're masters of disguise."

Hilarious. And true. But I would have thought that Gervais would have laid off of Murphy a bit, being that he dropped out of the Oscars. I mean, that's so un-Hollywood.

4. His reading of the "rules." Ricky shared with the audience what seemed to be an actual list of rules he was given before the show -- of course, with a little commentary: "No profanity. That's fine. I've got a huge vocabulary. No nudity. See, that's a shame. Because I've got a huge ... vocabulary. But a tiny penis. No, no. Doesn't matter. It works. Don't worry about it. It's fine. And I'm not to libel anyone. And I must not mention Mel Gibson this year. Not his private life, his politics, his recent films, and especially not Jodie Foster's Beaver."

"Beaver" was of course referring to the Jodie Foster-directed film, Beaver, in which Mel Gibson acted. Jodie thought the joke was hilarious, smiling and laughing when the camera panned to her. I'm thinking Mel and his people, on the other hand, are a different story, though.

5. His hilarious joke about Justin Bieber. Even the Biebs wasn't immune to Gervais' joking. Regarding the whole paternity test scandal, here's what the Golden Globes host had to say: "Justin Bieber nearly had to take a paternity test. What a waste of a test that would have been. No, he's not the father. The only way that he could impregnate a girl was if he borrowed one of Martha Stewart's old turkey basters."

Amazing! But, Justin's fans, AKA Beliebers, are hard-core. I highly doubt they appreciated the fun had at their leader's expense.

All in all, Gervais was hysterical, as expected. And I think we can rest-assured that, no matter how many people he offended, he'll be back again next year. Anything to get NBC out of that fourth place slot.

Check out Ricky's opening monologue.

Did you think Gervais was funny at the Golden Globes?

 

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