Sunday (Jan. 16) wasn’t Ricky Gervais‘ first Golden Globes hosting gig, but it could be his last.
The Brit previously joked about being invited back to host the awards show for the second time, saying “I can’t believe they invited me back after the awful things I said. Let’s see how far I can go this time.”
While Gervais pushed the boundaries (per usual), he was also incredibly funny. He didn’t say anything overly shocking or offensive, and aside from a snarky comment from Robert Downey Jr., seemed to be generally well-received.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association disagrees, however.
“He definitely crossed the line,” HFPA president Philip Berk tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Some of the things were totally unacceptable. But that’s Ricky.”
He continues, “Any of the references to individuals is certainly not something the Hollywood Foreign Press condones.”
Berk himself was the butt of one of the more surprising jokes of the evening, as Gervais introduced him by saying “I just had to help him off the toilet and pop his teeth in.”
“I had absolutely no idea what Ricky was going to say so anything I heard was at the same time you heard it,” Berk explains. “When you hire Ricky Gervais, you expect the unexpected.”
He has not yet commented on whether he will recommend Gervais to host again.
We thought the hosting was hysterical, but you can only pit Ricky Gervais against Hollywood so many times before it gets old. If this was his last shot, we’re okay with that. Though, we really don’t get why everyone is so shocked about his jokes. Seriously, what did everybody expect?