I’m not sorry for any of my jibes, says Ricky Gervais
Comic defends Golden Globes performance - before US TV return in The Office cameo (with video)
British comic Ricky Gervais has defended his treatment of Hollywood stars at the Golden Globes awards ceremony on Sunday, saying he was just doing his job as presenter. "I'm sorry if they were offended but I'm not sorry for anything I said."
Gervais told Piers Morgan, now hosting a nightly interview show on CNN: "If they didn't want me, they shouldn't have hired me."
Many in Hollywood believe Gervais went too far with his jibes against certain Hollywood celebrities, in particular Robert Downey Jnr whose time in rehab and jail Gervais made fun of, to the shock of many in the audience
"I don't think I did anything wrong," said Gervais. "Those were like jibes at these people, and I'm sure they've got a sense of humour. I'm not going to apologise for being true to myself. My strategy is to make me laugh. If there's anyone in the world like me, that's a bonus."
Asked by Morgan whether he felt any topic was ever off-limits when making fun of Hollywood celebrities, Gervais responded: "Do you care about what they may be going through in their private lives?"
Challenged by Morgan to admit he was "mocking" stars like Downey Jnr and Johnny Depp, Gervais countered: "No, I'm not. I'm confronting the elephant in the room... Like I'm going to go out there and not talk about the issues in their industry. Don't forget, I've got to be an outsider there. I mustn't come out there as everyone's mate and schmooze - that's nauseating. I've got to come out there, and I've got to roast them."
Gervais's future as the Golden Globes host is uncertain. But he will be back on US television before the end of the month. He is due to make a cameo appearance as David Brent in the US version of The Office on January 27. ·
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