At the beginning of this week, Ricky Gervais’ hosting job at the Golden Globes was a hot topic of debate; many people felt that the British comedian had taken a few too many inappropriate jabs at the various celebrities in attendance, while others thought he was the only interesting thing about the entire show. Either way, I didn’t really expect that people would still be talking about it by the end of the week. But they are. Clearly this has been a massive boost of publicity for him, and the ratings for the Golden Globes were also up 5%, so it should have been a win/win, right? Not necessarily.
Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Berk said that Gervais “definitely crossed the line” and that “some of the things were totally unacceptable.” The general belief seems to be that Gervais will not be invited back a third time, and some people even implied that (get this) he would never be eligible for a Golden Globe himself. Somehow I doubt that. The HFPA later released another statement that seemed to approve of the show, and many actors piped up on Twitter afterward in support of his humour. What do you think? Did Ricky Gervais make this year’s Golden Globes memorable, or did he turn them into a second-rate roast? Were his jokes all in good fun or did they get too mean-spirited? Should he be invited back to host again next year? Give us your thoughts here on Open Forum Friday.