Ricky Gervais on The Golden Globes

One of the most feared comedians in Hollywood prepares to strike again for the third time at the Golden Globes.

Fred Topelby Fred Topel

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant are producing the HBO comedy series "Life’s Too Short" starring Warwick Davis. We have an interview with Davis that we’ll present when the show premieres on February 19, but Gervais met the Television Critics Association on Friday and he happened to take a few questions about the Golden Globes. Here’s what he had to say during the press conference.


Ricky Gervais on his prospects for hosting the Golden Globes for the third time.

I’m going to have another go. Let him have another go. He screwed it again. No, I did it the first time because I thought, "That’s fun" and it’s fun for a comedian to have a global audience like that. I did it on the proviso that I do all my own material and they don’t know what I’m going to do and they kept that. I did a second time because I thought I could improve on the first and I think I did that. I wasn’t going to do it a third time, but then I kept reading reports, press saying he’ll never be invited back. So [I] did it to annoy them.

A reporter asks Ricky Gervais if he’s nervous.

You just made me. I wasn’t before you asked that question, now I’m really nervous. No, what’s the worst that can happen? I end my career once a week if you read the press. Everyone says, "That’s the end." I only do things that could end my career now. That’s the fun. That’s my extreme sport.

Ricky Gervais says really, don’t bet on his jokes.

Why are they betting on who I…? What sort of a bet is that? Really.

Ricky Gervais’ plan of attack.

I’m going to do a monologue about the year and then introduce six or seven people throughout the show like I did last year. If you get final edit, which I do and I demand, and you get your own way and you’re happy with what you’ve done, nothing else matters. You’re bulletproof. So if I’m happy with my performance and I’m a considerate comedian, I’m not one of these people who thinks comedy is your conscience taking a day off. My conscience never takes a day off. I know what I’m going to say outside the odd ad lib. I can justify it and I stand by it as I do every joke I did last year. And I don’t care. I don’t care what people think.

Ricky Gervais defends his comedy again and has an epiphany at the end.

But I’ve got nothing against any of those people in the room. I’ve worked with many of them. I like many of them. I admire most of them. It’s like they’re just gags. I’m not trying to hurt anyone’s feelings or give them a bad night or undermine the moral fabric of America. I’m a comedian. I’d rather they laughed than gasped, but I cherish the gasps along with the laughs. I don’t know, I think that everyone took it well. I don't know who was really outraged last year, because everyone I spoke to who I made a joke about was cool with it. I think if someone says I’m outraged and then someone says there was outrage, then there’s outrage. But I don’t think there was. Was there? What did I say that was so outrageous? Oh yeah, I just remembered.