Brit comedian Ricky Gervais roused both laughter and outrage with his close-to-the-bone one-liners as host of last night’s Golden Globe awards.
The Office creator, 49, took pot shots at scientologists, gay celebrities masquerading as straight, alleged corruption in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Angelina Jolie and Hugh Hefner.
He opened the ceremony by saying: “It’s going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking. Or, as Charlie Sheen likes to call it, breakfast.”
Later he described Ashton Kutcher as “Bruce Willis’s son” while Heather Mills was also targeted.
When talking about Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, Gervais said: “Heather Mills calls him the one that got away.”
He then described the film I Love You, Phillip Morris, starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, as: “Two heterosexual actors pretending to be gay – which is the exact opposite of some famous Scientologists.”
Footage showed some Hollywood stars, including Robert De Niro and Alec Baldwin, collapsing with laughter. But not everyone was as impressed.
The New York Daily News described his performance as “tasteless, bordering on nasty,” and the LA Times called him “snotty and abusive.”
And film producer Harvey Weinstein joked that he “will never work again.”
He said: “There are seven people that we’ve hired to kill him and deservedly so.
“Knowing that Ricky Gervais will never work again means a lot to me, I’m going to make sure of it.”
The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper said: “Will he ever present another awards show again? I don’t know but if he went out, he went out burning.”
It’s not the first time a British comedian has shocked America with their outrageous one-liners at an awards show.
Russell Brand famously sparked outrage when he attacked George Bush and the Jonas Brothers whilst hosting the MTV VMA’s.