If you think back to a time long, long ago here on the Internet, a couple of weeks ago; you’ll remember that there was uproar about whether or not Ricky Gervais had gone too far in slinging insults both at the nominees and at the Hollywood Foreign Press when hosting The Golden Globes. Whether or not this controversy actually ever existed or was just something that we all hoped existed is starting to become clear. It turns out the Internet might just be a bunch of gossipmongers.
Much ado was written about one article that quoted HFPA president Philip Berk as saying things like, “He definitely crossed the line” and, “Any of the references to individuals is certainly not something the Hollywood Foreign Press condones … ” But everyone chose to ignore that the same article also had quotes like “He was never called on the carpet, or given a warning or anything else.” And even, “We loved the show. It was a lot of fun and obviously has a lot of people talking. When you hire a comedian like Ricky Gervais, one expects in your face, sometimes outrageous material … the show was among the best we’ve ever had and we were pleased.”
So it should come as no surprise that Gervais has revealed in his Golden Globes diary for Heat that he’s been asked back to host for a third time. The ratings were up a tick and his hijinx did inspire a bunch of media chatter after all. Despite the invitation, Gervais says, “I don’t think I should. I don’t know what I could do better. I certainly couldn’t get more press for them, that’s for sure. You know me. Two seasons is enough.” And with that, Gervais may have just sealed his fate as an untouchable golden boy even further. It’s an ages old showbiz adage that you should “always leave them wanting more”, but it’s an adage that seems to have fallen by the wayside in the modern corporate climate of Hollywood. The new adage might sound something like “always leave them milked dry”. With his continued strategy of getting in, making them laugh, and getting out before things become hacky, Gervais has been able to carve himself out a unique niche in entertainment just by not being greedy.
Update: In response to Ricky’s journal Berk has now said, “There is no truth to this rumor. We have not asked him to come back. Nice try, Ricky.” And so the plot thickens. Somebody is trying to save face here. Is this a case of Gervais trying to cultivate a bad-boy, above it all persona? Or is this the HFPA trying to save face after being publicly rebuked? I don’t know who to believe in this crazy world! What say you?