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Ricky Gervais has taken a lot of potshots over the years from just about everyone because of his sadistically jovial and unabashedly straightforward manner. Some people just don’t know to have a laugh. On the lighter end of the comedian’s roasting spectrum are Golden Globe co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who have poked fun at Gervais for his own hosting stint. But rather than sit back and take it with a smile and a high-pitched chortle, the U.K. star will possibly use this year’s ceremony to take it right back to them.
At the recent world premiere of Shawn Levy’s Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Ricky Gervais told Variety that he’s got a plan going into this year’s telecast: sassing back. Here’s how he put it.
I’m going to heckle back. I’m taking on a microphone to have control of the big speaker system so that it’s a fair fight.”
Gervais, who won a Globe for his U.K. series The Office and is nominated this year for Derek, has hosted the awards show three times. And each time, he managed to kick up some dust from those who felt his jokes were a bit too pointed. They say don’t dish out what you can’t take, and Gervais is perfectly willing to take whatever Fey and Poheler have cooked up.
He continued, presumably standing in a ridiculously cartoonish boxing pose.
As long as they don’t actually kill me, I’m ready for anything. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me. Amy and Tina, bring it on!”
I’m not quite certain whether Gervais would actually do something like take over the venue’s sound system. It’s certainly within his power to set something like that up, and he’s just the kind of jester to do it. Everything’s a bit these days, so let’s just say I won’t be surprised if his booming voice is heard calling them wankers.
Here are Fey and Pohler at the 2013 awards, and it doesn’t take long for their monologue to knock Gervais down a peg. (All in good fun, of course.)
Gervais also took a second to say that the Sony hack doesn’t scare him, and that if people want to hear what he honestly thinks, he’ll just tell them. Karl Pilkington can attest to this.
Watch all the back-and-forth ribbing you can handle when the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards air on Sunday, January 11 on NBC.