Golden Globes 2020: Ricky Gervais’ Best (And Worst) Jokes

If you saw this photo and thought that we got the date wrong, we have news for you: Yes, Ricky Gervais hosted the Golden Globes once again. The controversial English comedian previously hosted the awards show three times in a row, in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and then again in 2016. So this was his fifth time up on that stage.

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To say there has been some hesitation around Gervais taking the mic once again is a bit of an understatement. A number of jokes of his have been deemed transphobic, including one made on Twitter in Dec. 2019 and another at the 2016 Golden Globes about Caitlyn Jenner. But enough about the past. Here’s what went down at the 2020 awards ceremony.

On the HFPA

“This is the last time I’m hosting these awards. I don’t care anymore. I’m joking. I never cared,” Gervais started off, to some laughs but mostly confused looks. He added that the Hollywood Foreign Press Associated “barely speaks English” and that he “got offered this gig by fax.”

Gervais wasn’t done dunking on the HFPA. He said the whole group is “very, very racist.” This was during a joke about the lack of an in memoriam segment, which he says he vetoed because the list of people on it “wasn’t diverse enough.”

On ‘Cats’

Let’s be honest, Cats has been a joke to most people since the first trailer dropped. The legitimacy of the film’s many stars kept it a major topic of conversation in Hollywood for quite some time. But Gervais had to take a couple of shots at it.

“The world got to see James Corden as a fat pussy. But he was also in the movie Cats,” said Gervais. He then talked about Judi Dench, who has defended Cats, and made a very inappropriate joke about her “licking herself” that definitely can’t be repeated here.

On sexual misconduct in Hollywood

By this point, anything related to sexual misconduct in Hollywood is open for discussion. Yes, there’s a lot of well-trodden territory, but new information comes out every day. And this year, a film about a recent scandal, Bombshell, was even nominated.

“They’re all terrified of Ronan Farrow. He’s coming for you,” said Gervais, referencing the journalist who has become known for calling out sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry. He also cited the film “The Two Popes,” saying, “It was a big year for pedos.”

A few others

Gervais’ jokes were all over the board, so here are a few that don’t fall into one category:

“We’re all going to die soon, and there’s no sequel.” Simple enough.

He made a joke about Felicity Huffman and her daughter in regards to the Varsity Blues scandal. No one liked it.

“Leonardo DiCaprio attended the premiere, and by the end, his date was too old for him,” said Gervais, speaking about Once Upon a Time In Hollywood and the whole thing about how the actor doesn’t date women his own age.