Ricky Gervais Opened The Golden Globes With A Caitlyn Jenner Joke And Plenty More Followed


There was no doubt that Ricky Gervais, being a comedian n’ all, was going to end up offending somebody when he presented the Golden Globes last night. 

But what we perhaps didn’t expect was that he would end up offending (nearly) everybody in his opening speech. Addressing the crowd of A – listers, he first told them to “Shut up. You disgusting pill popping, sexual deviant scum”…

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Probably rightly so, in at least a few cases…

First up, he took on Caitlyn Jenner, with this particularly controversial joke:

“I’ve changed. Not as much as Bruce Jenner, obviously. Now Caitlyn Jenner, of course. What a year she’s had. She became a role model for trans people everywhere, showing great bravery in breaking down barriers and destroying stereotypes. She didn’t do a lot for women drivers, but you can’t have everything, can ya?”

It fell a little flat on his audience at the time, and it didn’t impress these Twitter users either:

He then claimed that Jeffrey Tambour looked like “his nan”, before awkwardly pointing out that film companies (obviously) pay for the nominations…

Delving into that old peadophile-priest chesnut, he said:

“The Catholic Church are furious about the film [‘Spotlight’], as it exposes the fact that 5 percent of all their priests have repeatedly molested children and been allowed to continue to work without punishment. Roman Polanski called it the best date movie ever.”

Then, touching on J Law’s impressive equal-pay campaigning, he joked:

“Of course women should be paid the same as men… I’m getting paid exactly the same as Tina and Amy did last year… It’s not my fault if they want to share the money, that’s their stupid fault.”

… and then – on a bit of a roll – he introduced Matt Damon by saying:

“He’s also the only person Ben Affleck hasn’t been unfaithful to.”

Later on, he took on Mel Gibson, saying:

“I’m in the awkward position of having to introduce him again. Listen, I’m sure it’s embarrassing for both of us. I blame NBC for this terrible situation. Mel blames … we know who Mel blames.”

and later added:

“Mel’s forgotten all about it apparently; that’s what drinking does. I want to say something nice about Mel before he comes out. So: I’d rather have a drink with him in his hotel room tonight than with Bill Cosby.”

Mel gave him a taste of his own medicine by saying:

“”I love seeing Ricky every three years because it reminds me to get a colonoscopy”

And just to be sure he hadn’t missed out anyone in the room, he decided to finish things up by basically saying the Golden globes are “worthless”:

Just remember if you do win tonight, no one cares about your award as much as you do… that award is, no offence, worthless.”

You can watch him, in all his tasteless glory, here: