After three straight years of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting, the Golden Globes invited previous three-time host Ricky Gervais (2010-2012) to return for the 2016 awards show. Said Gervais back on January 1, “Because I can see the future, I’d like to apologise [sic] now for the things I said at next week’s Golden Globes. I was drunk & didn’t give a f---.” So, did Gervais wind up having anything to apologize for this year? If you missed it, you can watch his 2016 Golden Globes monologue above and decide for yourself.
Gervais made no bones about being controversial with his monologue, or at least trying to be controversial. There were jokes about Caitlyn Jenner, Transparent and the female wage gap in Hollywood. There were a smattering of laughs, but also lots of awkward looks from those in the audience including Queen Latifah, Jeffrey Tambor and Melissa McCarthy who were unsure how to take those jokes. It seemed that, after three years of a far more friendly room with Fey and Poehler, Gervais’ schtick may have worn thin with the Golden Globes audience in Hollywood. But, Gervais has always said he’s playing to the audience at home, not the stars in attendance, so what did you think?
With his fourth turn hosting this year, Gervais holds the record for the most times hosting the Golden Globes. This despite saying multiple times during his first attempt, back in 2010, “It’s OK folks, I won’t be doing this again.” Numerous celebrities like Robert Downey, Jr. and Madonna had spoken out about their distaste for Gervais’ abrasive and controversial style, but after Tina and Amy retired from hosting, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association asked Gervais to return.