Ever since his over-the-top performance got him “banned” from hosting the Golden Globes last year, Ricky Gervais has been plotting his underminey return. Would he pull focus by doing a parallel podcast, as previously threatened? Would he crash the awards show dressed like Jesus, shooting out rapid fire insults like some sort of offensiveness machine?
As it turns out, he’s just going to insult people the good, old fashioned way again: from his officially sanctioned position as host. While he was initially unsure as to whether or not it was a good idea, it seems one particular thing made him say yes: the chance to punish everyone who got offended last year.
Via Ricky’s blog:
It was a tough decision to be honest. There were many pros and cons. I loved doing it, but I was worried that I couldn’t improve on last year. I’m in LA anyway as I’m launching Life’s Too Short on HBO. But then I didn’t want the Globes to overshadow the series. I knew some people would be uncomfortable with me being host. (This was a pro by the way.)
What actually tipped the balance and made me say yes, was the fact that it would shut up all those fucking idiots who said that I’d never be invited back. Is that the wrong reason to do something? Ha ha. I think it is.
Now here’s the thing. The outrage I caused was of course, as usual, totally out of proportion to the things I said. I don’t think anyone had any right to be offended but they were. This year I’m going to make sure their offence is completely justified. The best thing about it is writing the gags. I love writing one liners. Particularly when they can’t be used in any other context. It gives them a special weight on the night if you know what I mean.
It looks like the Golden Globes have realized what the Internet has known for a long, long time: making fun of stuff in an amusing way will get you way more eyeballs than lukewarmly praising it. As well it should. Get ready for some seriously butt-hurt celebrities.