Ricky Gervais Puts Himself at the Center of the Oscars

Kim Conte

ricky gervaisI love Ricky Gervais. Really, I do. But after his controversial performance at this year's Golden Globes in which he skewered one too many celebrities, he'll be lucky if he's ever asked to host another awards show again.

Fortunately (unfortunately?), the British comedian will not be silenced, particularly when it comes to mocking glamorous movie stars as they sashay their way down the red carpet and up to the podium to receive their awards.

In fact, his latest antic puts him up front and center of this weekend's Oscar buzz. In what can only be described as a desperate -- albeit hilarious -- cry for attention, Gervais has written an opener on his blog for Oscar hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway.

And, just wait until you see it ... 

Gervais' Oscar opener is chock-full of jokes at his own expense. This might lead readers to think that perhaps this is his way of apologizing for his off-color remarks at the expense of many A-list stars at the Globes.

But a second read-through reveals that this bit is classic Ricky Gervais -- taking a mean-spirited aim at other celebrities and Hollywood as a whole. Let's look at a few, shall we?

James Franco: Thank you. No rudeness tonight. It's going to be a night of the most privileged people in the world being told how brilliant they are and thanking God for loving them more than ugly poor foreigners.

Anne Hathaway: And even though most of the actresses here have eating disorders, that's better than being fat right?

Anne Hathaway: James, you are a card. And your slightly risky jokes are not threatening because you're one of us. And you are so handsome.

It's mean-spirited but so funny that you forgive him. And, you've gotta give to Gervais: He's not the host of the Oscars and yet he's found a way to get everyone talking about him just days before the big night goes down.

Do you think Gervais' Oscar opener is funny or offensive?


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