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While the funniness of last night’s Golden Globe Awards Show host Ricky Gervais may be up for debate, the likelihood that he’ll be returning as host (or as a nominee) in the future seems slim to none based on what the Hollywood Foreign Press is saying.
I'm thinking the temperature of the hot water comedian Ricky Gervais is in after the comments he made while hosting the Golden Globes last night probably varies based on the senses of humor of his targets. While some (if not all) of the celebrities who took shots from Gervais last night may have already laughed (or shrugged) it off, the Hollywood Foreign Press members may not be among them.
PopEater.com spoke with a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press regarding Gervais’ comments, one of which was directed at HFP President Philip Berk and apparently, they are not happy to have been subjected to his roasting.
"Ricky will not be invited back to host the show next year, for sure," a member of the HFPA told PopEater.com. They went on to discuss Gervais’ chances of a nomination. "For sure any movie he makes he can forget about getting nominated. He humiliated the organization last night and went too far with several celebrities whose representatives have already called to complain."
I’m wondering which celebrities’ reps called to complain (if that’s true). As for Gervais being nominated, something tells me he’d choose to be funny and honest with his act than to pander to an organization for a chance to be considered for an award for some future movie or TV role. And the fact that the organization would discount him from contention of future awards based on a few jokes, to me, compromises the integrity of the nomination process, entirely.
Entertainment Weekly obtained a statement from The Hollywood Foreign Press, which seems to conflict somewhat with the tone of the one Popeater.com released:
“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. Certainly, in this case, he pushed the envelope and occasionally went too far. The HFPA would never condone some of his personal remarks. Overall, however, the show was among the best we’ve ever had and we were pleased.”