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On tonight's "Piers Morgan Tonight" Ricky Gervais goes into detail about his Golden Globes hosting experience – and the reaction to his controversial jokes.
"It's not my job to worry about what people think of me, that's the job of a politician," he told Piers Morgan during the interview, which took place Wednesday night. "I don't care what people think of me." Update: now with video.
Gervais says he didn't get any negative reaction backstage, and he was not told to either tone down his jokes or taken off for a period of time – all breaks were scheduled.
"They hired me for a job, and if they didn't want me, they shouldn't have hired me," he said.
The full interview, in which Gervais talks religion, his comedy heroes and more, airs tonight at 9pmET/PT on CNN. In the U.K. it airs tomorrow at 2am, Noon and 8pm.
Quality Gervais..English Humour at it's best, if you invite a shark to a childrens pool party, you can't expect the kids not to be bitten!!! Ricky only said what everyone else was thinking let's not gloss over the cracks. Pure Brilliance Ricky Gervais
He was pretty funny most of the time, but....he got a little too mean. Mean is never good.
Mean? Are you kidding. He was perfect
I love Ricky. Very funny & witty humor. About half-way through the Golden Globes I commented to a friend that I did think he crossed the line & was a bit mean (my exact word). Felt a bit like a celebrity roast at one point, but that is the point. Celebrities are over paid and should be able to laugh at themselves and some of their bad movies. The Hollywood Foreign Press president took himself & his job much too seriously too.
Mean as in truthful?
Ricky was brilliant, he gave a little dig to a lot of them, but did not continue, not surprised to see the large "ego's" be somewhat offended in their perfect world. Wish we would have more "honest fun" hosts out there.
Go Ricky Go, made you even more famous out there, because now they have something to talk about. Looking forward to the Piers interview. Go Man Go
Hollywood elites have been making mean jokes towards conservative presidents, politicians, and anyone else who doesn't fit their lifestyle for the last ten years in particular. I thought it was funny. These actors and actress lead the most dysfunctional and messed up lives and our youth look up to them, utterly amazing.
Funny, sure. Mean, absolutely. Know thy limits.
gervais was right on.
I think your response was brilliant, and think you absolutely hit the nail on the head. Gervais is marvelous, and it was great to see for once something other than the perpetual self-congratulary tone of the American entertainment industry.
Thanks for being so concise.
These events are intended to celebrate great art, performances, and talent. It is ok to be funny, but to upstage and overshadow the intent of the show with such behavior is wrong, and lacks taste, and DILUTES THE ENTIRE SHOW.Would you do the same at a museum, art gallery, or symphony? No. Just because their are egos in the room does not excuse debasing everything. is a sad reflection when most folks they he was acceptable.
zdme5- Really- celebrate great art, performances and talent????????? That was the point of many of Gervais comments. The show is no longer about great performances, but about hob-nobbing with the famous people and making stars happy.
You ask- ""Would you do the same at a museum, art gallery, or symphony?"" Yes- if the symphony was playing Brittney Spear songs, and the museum was showing bronzed turds- then yes, it would be fine with me. Sometimes you have to call people and organizations on their BS. What's sad is that there are so many people who are willing to suspend reality.
Wilko, I guess we watch the show for different reasons, and I guess we get different things out of it. But then again, the thing I remember most about "The Abyss" is Ed Harris' amazing performance (should have been Oscar nominee) , so I may be in the minority.
I think his guest condi, is charming and intelligent, but i still have this concern about anyone involved in the
2000 election What happened Here?
7-2 decision, heard on 12/11/2000, decided on 12/12/2000 the safe harbor day was upon them.
BUSH ET AL v GORE ET AL 531 U.S. 98 (2000) JUSTICES SCALIA, THOMAS AND REHNQUIST CONCURRING, AND WROTE SEPARATELY FOR EVEN MORE TO BE DONE, THEN THE MAIN 14 PAGE OPINION CALLED FOR!
THEY REVERESED AND REMANDED BACK TO THE SUPREME COURT AGAIN, DEMANDING A REMEDY
WHO PAID $5 MILLION FOR BUSH TO WALK INTO THE WHITE, AS OF TODAY, NO ONE HAS ADMITTED TO KNOWING ANYTHING ABOUT IT. MACHINES WERE BEING USED FOR PURPOSES THE WERE NEVER INTENDED THEY WANTED
MAYBE A FOLLOWUP WITH CONDI RICE: WHAT HAPPENED HERE!
PROOF THE MACHINES COULD DO WHAT THEY WERE DOING WITH THEM.
ONCE THE CITIZENS HAVE BEEN GRANTED THE FRANCISE TO VOTE,IT CANNOT BE ARBITRAILY TAKEN FROM THEM, NOR DIMINNISHED! BIG ON HAND COUNTING, DID NOT LIKE PARTIAL RECOUNTS, OF ANY KIND,
IT WAS SO WELL WRITTEN AND I HAD WATCH CLOSELY SINCE THE CANVASING BOARD JUDGES DID NOT EVEN SHOW UP NOR THE ELECTION OFFIICALS NOR THE PRESS. NADA SHOWED UP AT THE SUPREME COURT OF FL.
You are a moron. Please be quiet.
Are you really that big of an idiot?
I can understand being able to laugh at one's self, and poking fun at one another, but Ricky went too far, and his jokes were in very poor taste.
Why? By whose yardstick is the "too far" line being measured? And what was in poor taste? The Fact that barely anyone saw The Tourist? The Fact that Robert Downey Jr can make as many Iron Man movies as he wants, but he will now be just as famous for his drug past? The Fact that Bruce Willis IS old enough to be Ashton Kutcher's father? Please.
He needs to re-evaluate his own position as a host. Many of his comments were way over the edge. Personally, I was disgusted. After watching Queen Latifa at the People's Choice, I was hoping for a better evening. I consider him a complete jerk–I don't know what anyone sees in this man and his little boy giggle. I could see the looks on people's faces, he needed a 'DiNozo' badly. Ricky, grow up and act responsibly.
So telling the truth (no one did see "The Tourist") is in bad taste? Wow. Truth hurts sometimes. Build a bridge and get over it.
You obviously don't understand british humor. If it's not vulgar it must not be funny... What is America coming to? It was just in good fun.
Miss Julie - Seriously? You were hoping for a better evening because you watched Queen Latifah host the People's Choice Awards? I admire her career and actually quite like her, but she shouldn't count "engaging awards show host" among her talents. Her hosting was so bad it made me want to rip off my own arms and shove them in my ears so I wouldn't have to listen anymore. I cringed more watching her trying to extricate herself from her verbal tangles than I did at any of Ricky's celebrity jabs. Give me his snarky over her sycophancy any day.
It all comes down to what personally offends YOU and to what extent you empathize with the person being ridiculed. Do u like it when people feel uncomfortable? Do you laugh at insults to other people, when many of those contribute to the greater community and provide entertainment to millions? It has a lot to due with how comfortable you are with yourself, me thinks...
Sometimes the truth is mean. I love British humor and RG does it very well. America needs to lighten up and stop with this sugar-coating over politically correct BS. That's what's crossing the line.
He reminds me of Don Rickles. His off color humor is his trade mark.
Yes, Don Rickles! I agree.
Lenny b-> Sid Caesar- Rickels- Gleason-> Pryor-> C. rock- Williams- Carlin- Monty Python- Second City ( spin offs)- SNL( spin offs) – Gervais.
More and not in that order. But at least we were saved from Tracey Morgan crap.
As unpolitically correct as Richard Pryor in the seventies? It was the first time I ever watched the Globes in it's entirety. I thought he was great!
Completely agreed! He has a biting wit, that is why he was hired. He wasn't hired because of any other reason! They knew what he is, they hired him for that reason and he delivered. I can guarantee that they will hire him again next year because this whole thing will do nothing more than have viewers tune in in droves to see what he will say next year and I hope that he does as just as good a job.
Very well said Mr. Lanigan. Couldn't agree more.
Right on, Tom! Love your shark-children's party analogy. I never watch these award shows. Watching a bunch of Hollywood snoots pat each other on the back is insufferable. The ONLY reason I've watched the past two GG is because of Ricky. The man is brilliant! And while some people have commented that the jokes are old and recycled, Ricky's delivery is so perfect and fresh it can turn a mummified 100-year-old turd into gold. Ricky...don't ever change!
The elephant in the room is this manufactured controversy.
It was the most interesting, entertaining television I have seen in a long time!!! Would love to see more!!!!
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"I want to thankk God... for making me an Atheist"! It's a classic funniest line I have heard in a long time. Critics of his hosting: GET A LIFE!!! IT"S COMEDY!!!
He showed himself a total moron...
Ms. Julie, that doesn't even make sense.
Miss Julie moron herself showed.... :)
Classic??? How about DEMORALIZING? There is hardly an organized church except for tourist gawking in London. WE NEED GOD IN THE USA AND ACROSS THE WORLD!
Totally inappropriate, unprofessional and foolish.
The USA doesn't need God. It needs an enima...
The atheist joke was pure brilliance...and funny, regardless what you believe.
I didn't mind most of his jokes. As a matter of fact I love his comedy, but I truly think he crossed the line when he said that & I believe that he was just trying to get one last jab in before the cameras were turned off. I don't care what you believe, but please don't knock someone elses beliefs just because you do not believe in them yourself. And my final comment on this is that if you are truly an aethiest, you can't thank God because you do not believe in Him. So, next time Ricky should just stick to thanking science for making him an aethiest.
@Meredith - on 'if you're an atheist you can't really thank god' – bravo, really bravo – you got the joke – sort of ....
if someones beliefs are ridiculous then they should be ridiculed and the person should defend them if he can .... if he can ...
Don't knock someone else's beliefs huh? Well when I have to sit through and listen to everybody in the public light thank God just because it's politically correct, it's refreshing to see somebody do what Gervais did. Do you actually think the majority of these people actually believe in a God? That should be the offensive part to most people. The fact you have to thank God to be liked in this country is ridiculous and very close minded. It's not Gervais' fault, it's only the truth because of you people.
MEAN? No such thing. This was brilliant, gutsy.... NEXT generation humor! Just when we were falling behind with Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock wanna bees and the Robin William could never bees ( all compliments by the way) we were saved by the British. We were slowly fading in to Tracy Morgan crap but luckily recaptured the wit of great humor. If the 8-9 figure performers can't laugh without checking with their handlers and therapists first sc-ew them.
when are sharks invited to pool parties???
love it too!
He was brilliant and the only reason to watch those self important, inflated egotistical "artists."
How is that different from what he is?????
Uh, he's not an egotistical artist? It clearly reads in the article that Gervais says "I don't care what people think of me."
They sure are pushing Piers Morgan down our throats. I love it when they replace their top news story with an advertisment for a failing show.
Thank you! I was thinking the same thing yesterday when the House was voting on the repeal of the health care bill and CNN.com's top story was how Howard Stern didn't like Jay Leno.
I don't know or care who this person is, except that it's on my face everyday now.
On further observation, the wider second column of the CNN homepage is entertainment type news, suggesting this is really a celebrity gossip operation,
It's off my tabs list.
Truth hurts, celebrities scream, nature of the biz.
So since honesty is what everyone wants, lets be honest. Ricky Gervais is about as funny as Benny Hill but he got lucky with the Office and found an American cast that took a second rate British sitcom and made it a hit. He caught lightening in a bottle and now everyone kisses his behind and he actually believes what he's being told. He's the Bristh equivalent of Pauly Shore. As for the show, there were some pretty funny jokes written by some good writers that worked regardless of the poor delivery and comic timing. Enjoy your millions Ricky because your 15 minutes are almost up.
Thanks Fred, since I don't watch the Office I was wondering who RG was.
Obviously you do not understand British humor. Benny Hill WAS funny! And so is Rick Gervais.
You know there are about 10 different versions of the office around the world, right? He also had that show "Extras" which was pretty good and allowed celebrities to make fun of their own personas. The invention of lying wasn't that good, but he's done a a lot of movies. What have you done with you're life? You wish you had Pauly's shore's money and girlfriend resume.
The British version of The Office is about 100x funnier that Steve Carrell's lame take on it.
Typical British arrogance....
there is serious problem with British humor in USA. I grew up watching british humor but when i moved to states , i was surprised to find people laughing at Tracy Morgan crap over RG. Come-on people, u dont know what u r missing.
Gotta agree with Fred on this one. Ricky delivered a few funny lines, but certainly wasn't anything spectacular. Comparing him with Rickles doesn't fly, either, because Rickles' "meanness" was always delivered with tongue firmly implanted in cheek, whereas Ricky's lines were obviously intended to hurt.
And that, I think, is at the core of the discussion. Some people are obviously jealous of what they see as celebrities' undeserved success, and get vicarious pleasure out of seeing those celebrities being made to suffer. While I roll my eyes at the prima donnas, I get no pleasure out of seeing them be the target of other people's bitterness. Even some of the prima donnas offer me entertainment, which is all I have a right to expect of them. And I just don't find mean-spiritedness entertaining.
Sorry. I can't even watch the American "Office". It's humor is second rate. It rarely even gets a chuckle out of me. Unfortunate, because I do like Steve Carell. The British office was absolutely hilarious and spoiled the party for any other "office" in my book. 2nd rate my a*!. Sorry, the last episode second season with the ostrich outfit????? outrageous.
Everyone knows the majority of actors/actresses are liberals and very high strung. They don't have a problem voicing their political opinions when no one has asked them. They can dish it out, but can't take it. Ricky Gervais was invited to emcee the Golden Globe awards, and did a great job. I don't think he was out of line at all, and he spoke the truth. He was very funny. If the Hollywood scene doesn't like his style of comedy, find someone else; but if the network wants high ratings I'd keep him.
What has politics got to do with anything? And every American has the right to voice their opinion about politics, asked for or not.
But you're right about everything else. They're a bunch of overpaid crybabies, too used to everyone kissing their butts; and now they've bought into their own BS.
I am surprised no one took him on and made fun of him in return. Beginning with his funny looking face.
I agree wholeheartedly!
Never was a fan of Ricky Gervais...and I probably will never be a true fan of his...but I agree.
His performance at the GG's was nothing less than pure brilliance!
How can we fault someone for being truthful and entertaining at the same time?
Because in America we are only focused on America ... and that means no real outside influence...I grew up watching British humor because my family is from Ireland/England...I LOVE that humor about all else...it also made me quite the sarcastic man (which I am proud of)... America doesn't readily provide access to other types of cultures in media (with the wonderful exception of the BBC channel)...you don't even learn much about the rest of the world in American school systems...just a brief overview of a few countries and mostly, you guessed it, America. Self-absorbed, all-knowing, over politically correct, cry babies who can no longer handle truth or true humor.
Can we get away from CNN's shameless promotion of Piers Morgan? In recent days, you have essentially taken over the CNN website, and now you are trying to make news over trivial issues. I realize that you are trying to lay claim to Larry King's legacy, but enough is enough!
CNN shamelessly promotes everything from Apple products to Piers Morgan, to medical devices, in the guise of news. I'm sure they all do it, but its disgusting. The so-called news is tabloid.
I agree, Ricky was brilliant. I only watched the Golden Globe awards to see him. Pulling him off for a portion of the show was a mistake and a let down for the audience. Maybe he can make it up with an HBO program with the edited bits we missed.
He said nothing wrong!
Martin Sheen probably does have Vodka for breakfast and then a piece of toast as an afterthought.
However Celebs do have power. If they dislike the ceremony, some of them might decide to stay at home which would diminish the event.
I believe that Charlie Sheen is quite pleased with that remark, After all, look at all the money that his image makes. LOL
I thought he was great on the show!!! It was the first time in history I actually didn't switch the channel! His job is to be funny and his career proves that he is! I love his British style and humor and feel as though our some of the American
so-called movie stars are just what he said or didn't say spoiled, selfish, greedy, and the list goes on and on. I see it as they got lucky, have talent, or just know the right people. I am sure that if my father was a STAR, I'd more than likely be one also. Some are one hit wonders and others make millions for a single movie and what do they do for our world....hardly nothing that matters. The joke about Hef was the best! I wonder if Hef was Joe-Blow making 40 grand a year...would this woman marry him...lolololol....no , she wouldn't even glance his way once! So in a way that is sad to think about. I would hate to think that someone was going to marry me simply for who i was as far a fortune goes. So people, wake up and smell the BULL**** and praise this man for a great job!
Ain't nothing more painful or funnier than the truth...
I agree entirely. These red carpet folks consider themselves Hollywood royalty. Sure, whatever. Get a sense of humor.
I thought he was quite funny. He was hired to entertain and he did just that. I think some of these "actors" need to get over themselves. If they don't want to be publicly ridiculed than don't do anything to cause it. It's like inviting Don Rickles to the awards and then being shocked when he insults people.
I'd like to reiterate that Robert De Niro and Alec Baldwin who laughed their socks off are both heavily into comedy themselves. It seems those that were offended just don't get comedy. Next time they should hire Jimmy Carr to host (check Jimmy on YouTube) then they'd think Ricky is tame!
Americans are sensitive litte dainties, aren't they? Hollywood's over-monied but dim-witted losers and drug-addicts were offended? TFB.
Gervais is correct in his assertion that if they did not want his style of "humor" he should not have been invited. ... and he should not have been invited.
I fully agree, except that Gervais should have kept half of his act as guest host to acknowledge those who were up for an awards, think 50-50, tongue kept gracious. To keep up the bitterness for the sake of cheap laughs for those who made mistakes (arrests or whatever) and have over come personal problems is a bit much, be thankful he got the gig, don’t over do it. Just saying, your mother should know...peace
I'm in full agreement. Gervais did a wonderful job in town that is built on hiding in closets and behind surgeries.
He was excellent! He said what everyone at home knows and no one else will say. That's what's great about it. He doesn't care what anyone says about him. He even made the worst fun of himself. I admire him greatly. Cheers Ricky!!!
I thought Ricky was trying too hard to be funny and fell short being so. You don't have to be "mean" with your jokes to get the attention of the audience. I prefer a more
"cultured" sense of humor myself...
I totally agree, he's hilarious and this is America still correct? What makes freedom of speech great! And if the celebs can't take a jab here or there while their egos are being stroked...they should pick a different career. High five to Ricky, hope he hosts it again next year :)
I concur - and if the show-biz pantaloons in Holly-weird can't take a jab or two at themselves and their business, then screw them; they shouldn't be in the business. Most of them are phoney, manufactured, unthinking, boobs anyway, and when they exhibit their stupidity in public, then they get called on it. too bad for them - booo-hooo...
We went through all this when Johnny hosted the Oscars (another repulsive mutual admiration society), and Letterman hosted the Oscars, and John Stewart...nnKAY. Here's another great idea: If you cannot take a joke, then DON'T HIRE COMEDIANS!!! Right?
He was brilliant! Hollywood needs to get over themselves.
He was himself, brilliant in every way. Some "stars" take themselves way too seriously.
About time someone read the king-without-clothes story to the red carpeteers...
The only reason I watched the Golden Globes was for Ricky Garvais.... I think if someone else was hosting it... it would have been terribly boring.. and no one would be still talking about it.. hats off to u Ricky!!!
can't wait for this!
PS- Try getting President Obama on the show..or George W Bush... plus I think you need a studio audience
I didn't see the show in its entirety, however, I heard his last statement, which was thanking God for making him an atheist! I"ve never heard a more disgusting statement. I couldn't believe it. I will never forget it. I have no interest in patronizing him.....whatsover. I pity him.
And those of us who recognize how brain chemistry deludes us into irrational belief feel sorry for you, dear. But that's evolution for you.
What all do we know about brain science?
Have you always been a condescending individual or did you learn your inadequate response from another source?
Sandra- One would think that if you believed in a personal god, one that listened to your prayers, helping in times of need, comforted you and made you feel supported through your life, it would be a good thing and you could be happy. But apparently you can not be happy until everyone else believes it's true.
Ricky was just saying what a lot of people secretly already believe. Grow up and keep your beliefs private and out of the rest of our faces
So you think Sandra should "Grow up and keep your beliefs private and out of the rest of our faces" but it's okay for you to shove YOUR beliefs down our throats? What's the diff? Because your beliefs are based on "science?" I have faith in religion and science. But we're not here to argue THAT point. Point being Sandra was simply expressing her displeasure with one of the comments he made. A comment he obviously made for the continue "shock and awe" affect. A comment that disgusted her and convinced her she doesn't like his kind of comedy. I don't think she was putting anything in your face about her religion other than expressing her opinion, just like the rest of the people posting. I see nothing there that says "how dare he say such a thing to all us Christians watching" or "if he had Jesus in his soul he wouldn't have said such a thing". Nope. She just said she didn't like it. That she was terribly offended and has no intention of watching him again. I feel the same way. I have no interest in seeing him perform live again after his style of "comedy" last night. Not just for one comment, but so many that I felt crossed the line.
Troy, that was awesome!
Troy, I agree with you in theory. Honestly, you are going to ask her to keep her beliefs to herself while you support him in his? It's really just the other side of the coin. If he doesn't believe in God, great.....that IS his religion. Same difference, with the exception being you don't agree with her views?
Ministry is a huge part of Christianity. Whether you or anyone else likes it or not, we have the right to be upset when someone makes such a blatant anti-God statement that could possibly influence others to laugh with or praise him for "pushing the limits." It is truly upsetting to think that someone-especially someone you admire-won't end up in eternal Heaven. When you hear a Christian speak about this or offer to pray for someone, why don't non-believers just say "thank you"? Whether you believe it or not-and no one can MAKE you do anything-having a concern for one's eternal soul is an ultimate kindness. If someone offered you an umbrella in a downpour, you would say thank you. If someone is literally concerned for your soul or anyone else's, be grateful (or at least respectful) that person cares. Bringing it back around to Gervais-We've all seen how much television can influence they way we dress, speak, and think. Why WOULDN'T it upset Christians that he was so anti-God? I watched the show for Gervais, but I was very saddened when he made that last statement. He is an atheist, and although he said it with sarcasm, it was way over the top for my taste-especially since it echoed his actual beliefs. There are some "places" you just shouldn't go. The rest of his jokes I thought were hysterical.
Jane Smith – Atheism is not a religion. The fact that some atheists are overly zealous (as well as intolerant, obnoxious, preachy, etc.) may warrant characterizing their atheism as "their religion," but there is no other sense in which atheism can or should be characterized as a religion. It isn't. There are plenty of atheists who aren't of the Richard Dawkins variety.
Atheism is also a part of some well-established religions.
I find this Ruth lady funny. I bet she thinks I'll go to hell for not believing in God although I volunteer 20+ hours a week at a local shelter and give more than 15% of my pre-tax salary to charitable organizations (both religious and not). If i'm wrong and God does exist, he'll send me to Hell for using my brain, reason, and logic in absence of any proof he exists. I'm screwed.
Ruth – "Religion" is a belief system. Athiesm CAN be a religion because their belief system is that God does not exist.
My favorite reply to that is "..calling atheism a religion is like saying that not collecting stamps is a hobby".
Jeri – "having a concern for one's eternal soul is an ultimate kindness." Not for people who don't believe in souls and eternity. To them it's very insulting. Yet they are bombarded with references to God every day by our politicians, teachers, friends, neighbors, even our Pledge of Allegiance. If you don't like atheists' making comments about God, maybe you shouldn't either. That's all I'm sayin'. If we'd all just stop talking about it – LIVE AND LET LIVE – this perpetual argument would disappear.
I guess I don't really understand how it is offensive that someone cares about your soul. It seems to be that anyone who doesn't believe in God-or the soul- would just gloss over that rather than attack (not that you did-but others seem to be on the defenseive). It seems that several on the forum have made comments about how atheists aren't allowed to speak, etc., but from a Christian's point of view it seems just the opposite. We are out of vogue. It seems that our intelligence is attacked, and we are accused of forcing our beliefs on others. Sure, we wish everyone would believe as we do. We believe it's in everyone's best interest. If we didn't feel that way, we really wouldn't be very strong Christians. However, (and please don't bring up the Crusades!) Christianity is about free will. I can pray until my head falls off, but only you can make the decision to believe in Christ. By praying and witnessing, Christians feel we are encouraging you to follow Christ. I am NOT trying to offend, so I am sorry that it seems so. I am trying to see your point of view, but I just can't quite get my mind around it. Obviously, you feel the same about me. I'll keep praying, and you can keep dodging the prayers, I guess!
Would you feel the same if celebrities and athletes and politicians were constantly thanking Allah and Buddah and Gaia and Xenu? Or if total strangers were constantly telling you that you need to change your beliefs or you'll be condemned to eternal damnation? If you want to pray for those who believe differently that's fine. But telling us that you need to pray for us is every bit as condescending as telling you that you need to get right with Odin!
Hi Jeri. I appreciate that you are really trying to understand what I'm trying to say. The thing is that you have the right to believe, and to pray for peoples' souls. And other people have the right to not believe. But if you tell an atheist that you are praying for his soul, you are essentially telling him, "You're wrong; I'm right; and I'm here to remind you of it."
Imagine that you have a group of about 30 friends. You and one other beleive that there is life on Mars; everyone else believes that there is not. Every time you sneeze, one of them tells you, "There's not life on Mars." When you watch a football game together, a player scores a touchdown and says, "There's not life on Mars." When you learned the Pledge of Allegiance as a child, it ended with, "And there is no life on Mars." And you HAD TO SAY IT or you'd get in trouble with your teacher. And random people show up on your doorstep just to tell you that there is no life on Mars. You didn't bring up the topic of Mars with any of these people,.... they brought it up with you. I imagine it would feel a little disrespectful, and as though the message is really, "You are wrong." Nobody likes to be told repeatedly that they are wrong. Atheists are not denying your right to believe, and for the most part, they let you believe in comfort. But the reverse is not true. Atheists receive dozens of messages each day that imply their beliefs are wrong. "God bless you." "Thank God you weren't hurt." "One nation, under God." "I'll pray for your soul." Even our money says, "In God we trust."
I invite you to pay close attention for just one day, and every time you hear someone invoke the name of God, or belief in prayer or heaven or hell, insert the message, "You're wrong," instead. You might be surprised with how heavy all those messages feel by the end of the day. Then multiply the experience by years of your life.
It's okay if you believe in souls and the power of prayer. It's also okay if others do not share that belief. Go ahead and tell fellow believers that you are praying for souls; it is a source of comfort to them. But no good purpose is served by telling an atheist that you are praying for their soul. Rather, it often comes across as being disrepectful, purposefully hurtful, taunting, and confrontational.
Thanks for hearing me out.
Well said :-)
Amen (from an agnostic).
Wow – it's so nice to see a Christian who really understands things. Thank you for your intelligent, sensitive comment. You should be an ambassador for religion. Kudos!
@Catholic WASOH: That is quite litterally one of the most complete, thought out and concise answers I have ever seen on the CNN boards... I'm going to steal it and use it repeatedly (giving you credit of course) because it is just that much pure awesome. Thank you for that post. Bravo!
This really is an excellent comment. Very rational and logical. Thank you!
I've always wondered what compels a Christian to say, "I will pray for you," out of spite. Your faith should never be used to harm others or to put your own righteousness on display. Prayers should be an act of charity when you're alone with your God and we all know a truely good donor chooses to remain anonymous.
Catholic wasoh- I can't tell you how great that analogy was. I try really hard not to get upset with the cramming of religion down my throat and tell my son all the time that if we EVER want people to respect our right to not believe we have to respect their right to believe. I encourage my son to study all different belief systems and if some day he comes to me and says I think I believe this now then I will be happy for him. I am sometimes jealous of the comfort people get from thier belief system and the commeraderie that comes with it. I sometimes feel very alone. I was raised in a very religious home most of my family is religious and I am constantly attacked for being agnostic, but I refuse to attack back. But I must admit it is very hard.
catholic, what a great post. that's exactly how i feel. i don't care what people believe, why do they have to shove it down my throat? as an ex-christian i find it even more obnoxious
Jeri wrote, "Ministry is a huge part of Christianity." That doesn't make it right. Suicide bombing is a huge part of radical Islam.
Suicide bombings and ministry are a ....little different. Not sure I see the correlation. A peaceful concern for your fellow mankind and suicide bombings just really don't create a strong analogy. When we minister or witness, we usually carry a Bible-not a bomb, and if you aren't interested in our beliefs, we won't kill you. Obviously, there are radicals who do heinous things and say they are Christians, but they are delusional. They have interpreted something and twisted it to fit their own mental instabilities. They use Christianity as a shield or scapegoat.
"It seems that our intelligence is attacked, and we are accused of forcing our beliefs on others"
maybe you don't "kill" but many christians DO shove their beliefs down our throats. stop going around and telling people they're going to "go to hell" because they don't believe in your particular dogma and then you won't have any more problems!
Ricky was just "ministering" atheism to all the Christians. Feels different when you're the minister-ee instead of the minister, doesn't it?
I dont know, i kind of think that telling children there is a god after all we know about brain science is pretty disgusting..or maybe just lame..
A world without religion..
There will never be peace unless religion is abolished. It draws lines of separation that can't be crossed using logic and/or reason. Matters of science and technology can be ultimately resolved, as the weight of empirical evidence piles up on one side or the other.
There will never be peace as long as there are human beings. Religion is often used as an excuse by warmongers, but is never the ultimate reason behind war. Greed, power, and the control of resources are the reasons for war, however people may want to mask it. Not a single war in this century, the worst wars the planet has known, has been about religion. Ethnic violence is ethnic, not religious, and most of the violence currently taking place is ethnic or political, and not religious. Even what masks itself as religious violence is not. Not even Islamist terrorism. It is powerful men using religion to fire up the disenfranchised to express the hatred of those same powerful leaders, which is based on much more than religion.
Agreed. Religion is a creation of control by man, as a means of using and manipulating faith. It is kind of like government without the accountability.
Faith is good Religion is wrong.
Exactly! The human species will never advance until we rid the world of all religion.
This man did 15 minutes of comedy reading Genesis straight from the King James Bible! That, to me, is the epitome of wit, intelligence, and yes...humor. Have you ever noticed that many atheists have a greater knowledge of The Bible than most Christians. At the very least, most atheists have learned to think for themselves. I am a Christian, but my faith is reasoned. After all, blind faith is the moth dangerous faith of all. As for Ricky, you don't have to agree with what he says, but you should learn to appreciate it.
You know, you just made me think of something.
tell me one instance, just one, where science has proved something does NOT exist. Science is designed to confirm or modify previous conceptions, but has never proven something does not exist.
This is the ultimate problem with trying to use science as a mean to disprove soemthing. Example: Where there is a solid, everything in that area is solid. Thus a block of wood is wood through and through. However science has modified that concept to now state, "though we see and sense the block of wood as solid, it is in fact more empty space than solid." Anything that has been attempted to be disproven has resulted in a finding of "There is not enough empirical evidence to support or deny this theory."
Thus science cannot prove Gods existance nor disprove it. The more scientists try to disprove God, the less evidence they find to support the disproof. They more they try to prove Gods existance, the less evidence they find to prove him.
I'm probably not making any sense right now so I'm just going to stop...
Science deals with speculation. And free thinking. Anyone who says science is a for sure thing is an idiot. Sorry, but it is not perfect, it is made by man. Well nothing is perfect... perfect is the biggest myth ever.
Thankfully though we know the world is not flat! Also helps us know that cigarettes are not good for you.
Science cannot prove that something does not exist. It would have to exist as science is a tangible method for understanding our world. The rest is left up to speculation and faith.
"Science deals with speculation" really!!? Are talking about astrology or Stock market.... Science is not speculation... its organized study of nature...Science can prove something doesn't exist and its has does it so many times...When you take antibiotics dont they guarantee "germs" dont exist inside you? or for that matter a cannon fired at a certain angle...would make the enemy not exist at that location:).. Stem cell research will soon prove some diseases dont have to exist.... etc..I dont belittle religion since I cant disprove it.. but one can't belittle science.
Agree you make no sense. The burden of proof is not on Atheists it is on the people claiming God exists. It's like saying can you prove an invisible midget does not live in my apartment?
Sorry Sandra, but that was the absolute funniest line of the night!!! You, my dear, are one of those who takes yourself WAY too seriously.
Sandra, I understand your comment, I really do. My Grandpa was offended by this comment also, and I know all you cynics out there probably find old people to be as expendable as God, but it made him sad, and that wasn't cool to me.
Boohoo. Grandpa was sad.
Hey here's the thing about comedy. Not everyone laughs at every joke. Same with music, that's why there's more than 1 radio station.
I think the beauty of his last line is this. If there were a GOD, why would he make atheists? The joke is quite brilliant.
I think you may have missed a few church services...we're given a choice. Your sarcasm isn't very polite :(
I agree. Many people seem to have missed the joke.
Actually, the joke was on the Atheists. Ricky acknowledged that he was made by God, and thus he acknowledges the utter stupidity of Atheism.
And that he was divinely inspired was prooven by the following comment:
"Nothing for S3x and the City 2. I allways thought that the Golden Globe for special effects would go to the team that did the airbrushing on the poster"
Thats my boy, Ricky.
Really!! You were offended well about time.
I get offended each time someone thanks god, god bless or god blah blah. You thrust your beliefs down our throats everyday, why can't he express his feeling?
My husband is Christian and I was raised Buddhist and am Agnostic. I go to church with him and support him in his belief as he supports and accepts that I will never be Christian. I think that if you were truly Christian or Catholic or whatever religion you claim to be, you would accept people for what they are and not pass judgement.
When my mother was dying in a hospital someone came to visit her from church and told her that she was going to hell because she had not converted and that her children would also go to hell. It's ignorance like that that gives religion a bad rap. My advice to you Sandra – don't perpetuate it.
And besides, it was clearly a joke, lighten up a little and laugh sometimes. Don't take life so serious or it'll pass you by.
No.. I pity you Sandra. Religion is obviously a creation of the human mind.
Why is it OK for everyone to get on stage and thank god for a silly award (when it was clearly mere mortals who voted) therefore showcasing thier religious beliefs, but it is never ok for anyone to mention thier non-religious non-beliefs?
Britta – You hit the nail on the head! Thank you for making the point so concisely. Yours is the best comment on here.
I think the whole PC brigade have gone way too far. Before too long we'll be needing to get live audiences to sign a disclaimer lest they take offence. Gervais was brilliant. I don't understand why papers are making a particular fuss of the 3D crack about The Tourist. How was that any meaner than handing out Razzies?
My only issue with Mr. Morgan at this point is that he occationally cuts off the guest in mid sentence. I want to hear the guest complete his/her thought before the next question is asked by Mr. Morgan.
Your comment is exactly what I was going to say. If Mr. Morgan will start letting his guests talk without cutting them off mid sentence, he would be a much better interviewer.
Howard Stern was on Piers Morgan the other day. He was beginning to get peeved that Morgan would not let him finish any of his thoughts. Howard finally just said "Stop" and he went back and finished his thoughts on two different topics Morgan had raised. I find this interview style very frustrating to listen to. I can't imagine how frustrating it must be for the interviewee.
All the commenters who only watched the Golden Globes to see Mr. Gervais....ought to just watch the "Ricky Gervais" show.....oh...that's right....there isn't one....hmmm...can't imagine why.....he's about as funny as Will Ferrell.....welll....almost as funny......if Will Ferrell was funny that is.....
uhm...then I guess when I watched "The Ricky Gervais Show" on HBO the other night I was just imagining it since apparently there is no such thing as The Ricky Gervais Show (give or take the season1 of the Ricky Gervais Show and the upcoming season 2).
Burn! Pays to do your research before using that keyboard huh?
It was worth reading this whole comment thread just for that burn.
OMG Burn! Lol. The Ricky Gervais Show is awesome, by the way.
Shake and Bake! Dear baby lord jesus!
And I'm still sitting in my pee pant!
Could not agree more....but I like Will. Come on john316, he's a little funny?
His series "Extras" was pretty brilliant. And he's just as unsparing towards himself as he was on everybody else last night.
he created the office you moron...along with many other shows as well as doing stand up
Before you call someone a moron do your research...he has a show called Extras *and* the Office...Moron
@Erk – and you might want to follow posts a little better before you call someone a moron. He was quite obviously addressing the OP of this thread, not the post above him.
You might want to look into this new thing called Google.
To quote Steven Tyler... "Did you eat a lot of paint chips as a child?".
Boy, John316--You must really feel like an uninformed moron right now? I mean, your entire premise was wrong and you didnt even know.....the very essence of ignorance. I cant imagine how dumb you must feel.
John 316....Christian ignorance strikes again....
Comparing someone to Will isn't saying much. Did you ever see anchorman? Riiight. Unfunny as hell.
john: wow, you look REALLY stupid right now. Classic.
Actually there is a Ricky Gervais show on HBO. And its hilarious.
Eagerly awaiting the next season of that show! .... have some burn cream, john.
If you accept a job then you better well care and do it to the best of your ability. I didn't find anything Gervais said funny. His ending comment about thanking God for making him an atheist was so offensive. He took a fun evening and made it insulting. I think he was drunk. Shame on the producers and everyone in that room. He should have been booed off and replaced.
I'm liking Piers more than I thought. He was brillant with Oprah but I wouldn't have booked the Shock Jock, he gets too much PR already. I'd like to see Bill Gates interviewed. Give us a list of guests and let us vote on who we'd like to see! :>)
Well obviously you didnt get his joke about thanking God for making him an atheist. Not sure why that would be offensive. I'm simply assuming that his snarky humor went well above your head.
No. We get the joke, it's not a complicated joke for only smart scientific people. It's a joke that took the night in the wrong direction and took the spot light away from the winners. If we wants to make that joke, that is fine for him, but that was not the place nor the time. Just because our sense of humor doesnt involve that particular joke, does not mean it does not exist. And I think it is sad that because we want to be offended by the joke you think you can call us shallow and unintelligent. You are no more offended by the negative comments as people were of the origional joke. Bless your heart for being born with a shallow one track mind.
@D, what's sad is that you "want" to be offended by anything.
I didn't mind most of his jokes. As a matter of fact I love his comedy, but I truly think he crossed the line when he said that & I believe that he was just trying to get one last jab in before the cameras were turned off. I don't care what you believe, but please don't knock someone elses beliefs just because you do not believe in them yourself. And my final comment on this is that if you are truly an aethiest, you can't thank God because you do not believe in Him. So, next time Ricky should just stick to thanking science for making him an aethiest.
Then obviously, you don't have a sense of humor. Nuff said!
I feel bad for you - must be terrible to have been born without a sense of humor. Maybe you can get a transplant someday.
Hmm, lacking a sense of humor AND any amount of critical intelligence... I'm an athiest – and can easily see the flaw in the joke you God-people usually would have latched on to and used against atheism: By thanking God for making him atheist, he acknowledges that God made him, etc...
At any rate, ask yourself this: if he'd made a joke that requires you to be a religious person to get – and you got it, would you have found it relevant that athiests were offended. or would you have thought they were just whining to get attention. If you're honest with yourself, you know you'd think the latter – just like we're thinking about you.
End of Comment.
He wasn't making fun of God. He was making fun of the ridiculous self serving pseudo-piety of people thanking God for awards. If there is a God, do you really think he bothers with who gets a Golden Globe or wins the Super Bowl?
Of course he wasn't making fun of god. He was making fun of people who believe in god.
Spot on, John. I get so sick of people thanking God. Really all they're saying is, "Look at me. I'm pious." Or some BS like that.
..."HE" does care and he told me to go with the NY Jets.....but I think "HE's" trying to pull a fast one on me just like he did last year and cost me $$ LARGE $$...I'm going with the Packers baby!!!!
You have a lot of knitting and yarn and cats in your house don't you?
No, *this* is the funniest line on here! :-)
Actually if you want to get down to it Ricky was raised to believe in god and did so until he was around eight and realized that certain things like Noah's Ark is highly unlikely. And science has nothing to do with religion, it’s a way of understanding what's around you. Science in fact has been used to prove that it's easily possible for there to be a heaven and a god with string theory and multiple dimensions. It's just most of the populace isn't knowledgeable enough to know these things or won't take the time to read a paragraph or two before slamming someone with accusations out of pure impulse because they're mad. If you truly are Christian turn the other cheek and move on with your life because it isn't worth your effort. If your ideals really are so perfect you should at least realize you shouldn't throw your pearls before the swine because they won't realize them for what their really worth. The core of British humor is to not get offended, just like growing up with all your friends you most likely poked fun at each other for any number of things but never took it to heart. That's the thing you should be able to laugh right along with whatever is said because it isn't an attack on you it’s a reference to you and your included and you can do the same right back without any malicious intent! This is the third year Ricky has been chosen for this and only now people are complaining? What about the previous closing statement saying he wished for peace on earth and right before it went off air changes his mind saying oh wait! no I actually want everyone to watch my show on HBO instead forget peace on earth. It’s just a little fun he isn't serious. It's not like Ricky is singling out one religion, there are so many different religions that hold the belief of one god. If you take offense it's your own fault, Ricky has said more than once he looks on every religion the same and doesn't believe in singling people out for things they can't help like the color of their skin etc. The only thing I find sickening within all these posts is hate and dislike entailed with that fact someone has different views then their own. So what? Get over it, what really matters is what YOU think as an individual and that you believe you’re right. So laugh, it’s a funny joke. Not because of politics behind it, but because what it’s really about is because it’s an impossibility... That's supposed to be the punch line. If he doesn't believe in a god how could he thank something he believes doesn't exist for his current set of beliefs. It's what’s called an oxymoron two meanings cancel each other out and their great, give it a chance. They cancel each other out like the "living dead" something can't be dead and alive at the same time. If you truly believe you shouldn't be offended it should be funny that a known Atheist is thanking god for making him one because it won't shake your beliefs one bit. It’s like saying “And I’d like to thank my math teacher for teaching me that 1+1=3.” That is the idea of British humor. Laugh at everything because it’s all in good fun and not out of meanness one bit, and the reason is if you’re getting called up on that stage you can joke right back at him and he won't be offended at all either. Say something like and so I am I because the last thing I need is you as a neighbor in heaven. It’s a joke; otherwise it wouldn't be called one would it? If it was serious it would be an insult. Live, let live, and enjoy the company along the way I say. And it’s worked out for me in more ways than one not taking things personally. I've has numerous people turn from an annoyance or hindrance into an ally expanding my web of friends and contacts over the years and it's only helped never hurt. So why not laugh and think of something clever to say back instead of getting upset and resenting someone just because you don't understand their mindset. After all it is Mahatma Gandhi that said "An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind." Laugh, make a joke back, and go know the person before you simply dismiss them for all you know through some whim on the slightest of chances you could indirectly have your life saved by some indirect action of any of the people on this site you loathe for what they have said or even Ricky himself. All I'm saying is it's YOU that gives anything said its power over you and you don't have to care, why not laugh at it? Laugh because it’s supposed to be ridiculous not the bladed insult or an attack on beliefs.
Ricky was funny and he was rude. Both things can happen at the same time. I was surprised that the foreign press invited him BACK. I don't even remember the Golden Globes last year.
Heart you P!!! You Are the best!!! Ten times better than LK so sorry but it's true!
He didn't make up stories about the 'stars', he told the truth, and sometimes, the truth hurts.
Scarlett Johansen IS Jewish. Martin Sheen IS a recovering alcoholic. Mell Gibson HAS gone off on anti-semetic ramages.
Since when was being honest something to be frowned upon?
I thought he rocked it.
He's right about not caring what people think of you. If the stars feel offended and defensive about the truth of their lives that's their problem. Maybe they should stop being alcoholics etc if they feel it is so wrong they need to hide it and expect everyone to walk around the white elephant's feces.
AND, as an afterword.....I LOVED the faces he pulled when he got gasps and sounds of horror from his audience!
As Don Rickles gets older, we need fearless and funny comics like Ricky – keep telling it like it is.
Stop interrupting your guests, Piers! I watched the first two shows, but just turned off the Rice interview because you were aggravating me so much.
Quit interrupting all the time!
I've been watching Piers Morgan in three nites in row, the only thing i'd like to say to him is "listen more than talk". I find he often got too excited and interupted his guess, he couldn't wait after his guest finishing talking and then ask whatever interview questions he prepared. Sometimes he almonst fight to talk ahead his guess. If he watch Larry King, he should notice Larry King was a great listener and interviewer, he brought up his guess to talk. People watch the show don't really want to listern what Larry or Piers has to say, they want to listen to his guess, who's normally of great interest for large audience.
Please learn the difference between "guess" and "guest"...
Given; 'in three nites in row', 'i'd', 'guess', "after his guest finishing talking', 'he almonst fight to', 'If he watch Larry King', 'People watch the show don't', 'listern what Larry or Piers has to say', 'who's', and 'of great interest for large audience' how did you settle on just complaining about 'guess'? (Other than how often it was repeated.... and that the word giest was correctly used once, making the error more glaring.... and....) :)
And then I mistype guest as giest, making myself look like an ass.... fantastic!
"Who's" – contraction for "who is"
Pull out the spelling/grammar natzee b-plug, mkah? He spelled it correctly the first time, then had a typo. Your type are almost as bad as the PC crowd. Almost.
Gots you a grajewut duhgree in ebonics, does you?
Overall comment on Piers Morgan: Have enjoyed the interviews. Stimulating. Open. One word to Piers: Maybe a bit too interuptive when your guests are 'spilling'... let them roll a bit more.
GREAT QUESTIONS....LET YOUR GUESTS ANSWER THEM
poiers interrupted too often,otherwise good interview
Who or what is "poiers"
Come on, it's a typo. Look at the keyboard and find the ' I '. Found it? Good. Now look next to it. Do you see the ' O '? Great.
What Rickey did was nothing less than fulfill his job requirement. If he did any less, they would have accused him of being not humorous. He did as he as contracted to do...perhaps bit more, but certainly not any less.
Two Brits with an inflated impression of themselves. Especially Gervais. We get it, Ricky, you invented The Office. And Steve Carrell made it famous so shut up and stop trying to take all the credit for its success.
I doubt you have the grounds for sounding so condescending...
"The Office" was the number 1 show in UK for years.... he conceived it , wrote it and starred in it ..and good writing is what really makes a show... so why shouldn't he take credit for it? The Carell version is fine, but frankly I prefer the original.
What goes on in England needs to stay in England.
Alex I think you have an over inflated impression of yourself and of the USA. By "Steve Carrell making the Office famous" you obviously mean that he made it a hit over here! The fact that it was a hit in the UK long before it was on TV in the USA and that the story lines are the same and that Gervais was way funnier at being the boss means nothing right? You probably have the same opinion about Simon Cowell and American Idol.
Yes I'm serious. There was only 14 episodes of the UK office, total. Contrary to popular opinion the ratings weren't that spectacular in Britain. The show only become the ultra-phenomenon that it is now after Carrell turned it into a hit in the USA. And while I'm at it- Gervais had the nerve to make fun of The Tourist for being a flop.. That "flop" has made almost $200 million worldwide and counting. Ricky Gervais hasn't headlined a movie that's made even $40 million worldwide. Those who live in glass houses...
Oh and by the way I lived in Europe for a year. I think I'm more than qualified to call out English smugness when I see it.
The British Office is a far superior production in every respect to the American version. Why? Because, it's writing cuts to the core with no holds barred. Scenarios are uncomfortable, shocking, distasteful, honest, brutal and raw. The writing and acting is aimed at exposing human weaknesses and ugliness but making them tortuously funny. It is comedy in it's pure form. As with most American shows, the writing is tepid. Situations are watered down to make them palatable to a broad audience encompassing everyone from progressives to Bible-thumpers...afterall, it's the mighty dollar that drives what is presented in the US. Not necessarily the case in the UK.
BTW, I don't think living in "EUROPE" for any length of time qualifies you with the ability to recognize British "smugness" any more than if I lived in Mexico to recognize American brashness. And before you ask. I have lived in England for 20 years and California for 28.
Good day to you sir.
"BTW, I don't think living in "EUROPE" for any length of time qualifies you with the ability to recognize British "smugness" any more than if I lived in Mexico to recognize American brashness"
LMAO. Nice one, Milo!
Aha! A real life smug Brit, in all his smugness. Not that it is anyone's business but the country I lived in was Ireland. Which pretty much receives 50% or more of their media from England. Some Brits can be very smug, including Gervais and Morgan, and apparently you as well. I don't hate England but I do hate the sense of superiority many seem to have. Just because your comedy is more rude doesn't automatically make it more funny.
They aren't smug...My family is from Ireland / England....it's a different type of humor more on the sarcastic side. Only people who can't handle it call it smug...I assume you have an overinflated self and can't handle it. I suppose you will be calling me smug now...
The guy was brillaint. What is funny is the whole "God" and atheist joke at the end was throw end just to have fun and rile up people and it worked. It is idiotic that people think he was being serious. He is making a point....people are foolishly serious about the wrong stuff. Lighten up people, the guy took what is in the tabloids EVERY week and make jokes about it for one show.
Just curious - if God is not an appropriate topic to get "riled up" about, what is?
He was greatttt! :) Don't take everything he says so seriously, he was a HOST and an ENTERTAINER. He was hired to be entertaining and to make people laugh. And people did, so yeah I'd say he did a pretty good job!
Is "Piers Morgan Tonight" going to be CNN's top story from now on?
I thought he was pretty funny until his last line at the Golden Globes when he committed blasphemy. It is a true shame that he will now be going to Hell. Hopefully some true Christians can convert him before he dies. I immediately pulled any DVD I had with him in it, and threw them in the trash. I am a 62 year old God-fearing grandmiother who won't have his trash anywhere in my house!! JOHN 3:16
Wow. Really? Just... wow.
Get over yourself you religious zealot!
I will pray for you, because obviously you have not accepted Christ into your heart. Please do so as soon as possible or you may be following Ricky into Hell.
This made me laugh harder than anything Ricky said the other night! XD
You won't be laughing so hard in the fires of Hell...
You won't be laughing so hard in the fires of Damnation!!
I agree with Dee – Ruth you are a typical religious nut – it's your way or the highway. You are assuming that he was talking about YOUR God. Is Christianity the only religion? And whatever happened to forgive thy neighbor, turn the other cheek, etc, etc – obviously you don't adhere to those credos otherwise you would not be condemning him to hell. In my opinion people like you who are so narrow minded, intolerant of others and unforgiving are the ones that are going to go to hell.
The Road to Hell is paved with Good Intentions...Alot of Christians are on this road and dont even know it
Do you even know the bible? Isn't it, the fires of hell and eternal damnation!!! Is there such thing as fires of damnation.
Relax Ruth, I can fend for myself.
Now that's damn funny!
Thank you God! I havent laughed that hard in YEARS!!!!!!!!
I am laughing so hard, big tears are rolling....hysterical....!
Hilarious!!! Funniest post yet!!
With all due respect, I was wondering how the people's souls that died before your son was born would get into heaven?
Please forgive me but I really love Ricki Gervais's humor!!!
JFC – Ruth – lighten up.
Think about why you believe what you do and you'll likely change your discourse. Have you seen God? Have you spoken to God? Has God shown up at your doorstep and said "Hey, what's up? It's a beautiful, imperfect world I made, isn't it?"
Being an atheist has nothing to do with being a bad or immoral person, which is what a benevolent, fair God would use as a basis for sending a person to hell. For example, do you think the Dalai Lama would go to Hell? By your reasoning he would because he is a Buddhist, and Buddhists, by definition, are atheist.
Additionally, why would a Christian describe herself as god-fearing? Wow, this God of yours must be a bullying jerk.
Well, the god I believe in loves rational people, and hates blind followers. So in my religion, Ruth, you're going to hell. Have fun in the eternal flames! At least fish those DVDs out of the trash and try to sell them on Craig's List.
OK, I am a Christian, and I have to say that this rant from Ruth sounds more like a troll trying to get a reaction than anything from any Christian I have encountered in my life. Even "62 year-old-god-fearing grandmothers." How many 62 year-old grandmothers even have Ricky Gervais DVDs? Especially ones with such religious zealousness. And anyway, any Christian worth their salt knows that simple disbelief is not blasphemy, and it is not for us to condemn anyone to hell. Yes, there are a lot of Christians out there not worth their salt.
Anyway, this thing from Ruth is so over the top that I don't think it is from a real Christian. I surprised the rest of you think it is, it seems so obviously trollish.
I'm reading and participating in comment boards on cnn.com... I have apparently arrived in Hell.
OBTW, John 3:16 ... is that a ratio of John to something else? Like babes? Or is that when I should expect John to come over to clean my septic field?
Did you arrive in a hand-basket? Then yes, welcome to hell. LOL!
5/10...I almost thought you were serious there for a second.
Good trolling though.
I feel sorry for you
Blasphemy?!?! You didn't even get it. He was making fun of all the stars who always thank god for their awards, as if god really cares about making sure they get awards.
What he said hardly qualifies as blasphemy. Stars thanking god for awards is more blasphemous. Additionally, if you are so religious then you shouldn't be judging people to hell. Having an opinion is OK with god, doing his job is absolutely NOT.
Ricky was freaking brilliant, plain and simple. If the people in the room couldn't handle it, well then perhaps they shouldn't be in a line of work that leaves them so open to public opinion.
You failed to entertain the at-home audience. You made it about you, not us.
I think Ricky was spot on! My husband, who hates those "award shows" actually wanted to watch. the ratings were up because we, along with a whole bunch of other Americans tuned in to see a funny Brit make fun of some stuck up, full of themselves, thinking that no one talks about them behind their backs celebrities. RICKY ROCKS!!!
"It's only funny until someone gets hurt; then it's hilarious."
Ricky Gervais was brilliant, so funny. I worship him!
Don't tell Ruth that. She's come clean out your house and send you to hell!
Anyone who thanks God live on National Tv for making him an atheist, well, they get my vote for having balls.
Hmmm, I'm conservative and love decorum but I thought Gervais was the most "spot on" host for the Golden Globes in years. He said directly what others say behind the backs/scenes...how refreshing...and FUNNY! I haven't watched many awards shows in the past (only did because I was visiting friends) but would watch GG again IF Gervais is to host. If not, blah.
I, too, am a "God-fearing" Christian. But even I can see the hilarious irony in the joke about thanking God for making him an atheist. I would think all you fuddy duddies would be jumping for joy, and saying the joke proves that he believes in God because Ricky acknowledged God's power to "make" him something. The fact is that God created us to be free-thinking people, and if Ricky chooses to be an atheist, all he is doing is exercising his GOD-GIVEN right to think for himself. I didn't find the joke blasphemous at all,... I thought it was hilarious irony at its best.
Great response – love it
Unfortunately for you Catholic with a Sense of Humor...people like Ruth do not consider Catholics to fit their description of "Christian". You're not fundamental or fanatical enough. I feel bad for people like Ruth...they've been led all their lives and cannot see for themselves.
Are you folks familiar with the term "troll"? Ruth is clearly one of these. She does not actually believe what she posts; she is just trying to rile you up and get you angry at people you think are less rational than you. Obviously, Ruth has succeeded!
SHe may be a troll, but we are not angry in the slightest. We're actually having fun!
AS a Christian, I was not at all offended by his closing comment. I GOT the humor in it, it was sarcasm. I also thought he was very funny. Hollywood needs to get over itself. These "stars" are just people that got lucky enough to be in a movie. In my opinion there are only about 8-10 truly TALENTED actors, and the rest are just bit players who are the same character in every movie they star in. The sheep in this country will make anyone a "star" these days (Jersey shore) because their own lives are so pathetic. I watch maybe 2-3 hours of TV a week, maybe 3 or 4 movies a year, and the rest of the time I am out LIVING MY LIFE, you know reading, studying, learning, spending time with my kids, teaching them, spending time with my wife, honoring her by loving her the way God says a husband should, exercising, mountain biking, swimming, triathlons, etc. NOT living through the TV.
Anyway, as a Christian, I have a personal relationship with God. That will never be broken by some silly comedian making jokes. If your faith is that weak, I suggest you pray harder.
If every person that claimed to be a Christian actually lived the lifestyle that Jesus wanted us to live, imagine how wonderful this world would be. Stop getting all worked up over something stupid like this and go spend time reading your bible, and asking God to make you more like Him. Stop dogging others and live your life right. Don't judge others, love them.
I wish he had a blog so that I could get a dose of his thoughts on a daily basis. I loved that he made fun of those celebrities and kept it real. It takes a lot for me to feel sorry for a room of grossly overpaid people kissing each others butts for three hours. enough already, amirite? KEEP ON KEEPIN IN REAL GERVAIS!
He has a blog. There is a link to it on his website.
The stars that take offence just prove that they do see themselves as and enjoy their "idol" status and celebrity worship and expect all "commoners" to stroke their egos, only say adoring words to them and bask in their glorious array while trying to figure out how deal with unemployment, foreclosures and poverty, corrupt bailouts, etc. etc.. Also I sure have noticed how they laugh when comedians poke fun at and call out the "elephants in the room" of presidents and other world leaders. Talk about being mean–havent actors portrayed characters in unkind, dark and/or exposing ways–say historical people who are not here to defend themselves but they do it saying its a story that must be told. That's okay for everyone else but not for them–they're so important.; you'd swear Charleton Heston really did part the Red Sea. Get over yourself.
I honestly didn't think that Gervais' comments were offensive. My problem with him is that I swear I heard ALL those same jokes years ago...told in funnier ways. I mean think about it.
The Tom Cruise scientologist joke.
The Robert Downey Jr. rehab joke.
Bruce Willins being Ashton Kutcher's dad.
Paul McCartney having lost a bunch of money to his ex-wife.
ANgelina has tons of kids from all over the world.
The Steve Carell leaving "The Office" joke (same as last year!)
What was original about any of those jokes? Had heard them at other awards shows, told differently but making the exact same points. Have hear HIM USE THE SAME JOKES (with slightly different spins) last year. I think he is incredibly over-rated and everyone who thought he was amazing either didn't watch last year or has never heard any celeb jokes before.
Ricky Gervais was brilliant and perfect for the Golden Globe. It makes the event fun for the TV viewers. Afterall, we all know how 'special" the people who gets "invited" to the Golden globe are ........maybe that was the purpose of the Golden Globe. But then again, if there are no TV viewers – then what is the purpose of the Golden globe.? I am don't watch TV often, not even the Super Bowl, but if Ricky is hosting the Golden Globe again, I am gone to by a 65 inch plasma and host a Golden Globe party ! :)
Gervais had the nerve to make fun of The Tourist for being a flop.. That "flop" has made almost $200 million worldwide and counting. Ricky Gervais hasn't headlined a movie that's made even $40 million worldwide. And no, his cameo appearance in Night at the Museum does not count... Those who live in glass houses...
stop repeating yourself. it's annoying. why do you keep trying to justify your point?
Depp, get OFF THE MESSAGE BOARDS!! Geez...
If he continues to be so out of line rude, he'll have his ratings to "worry" about. People make the ratings Ricky, not you.
He won't have to worry at all about ratings ... that's why people watch ... and just LOOK at how much attention this award show got worldwide? I hardly doubt his ratings will suffer...as much as people gripe and b!tch they will certainly be glued to their TV sets next year if he hosts just to see what he says and set comment boards afire again.
Ruth, are you for real? you need to take your business to a religious forum where people may care about your uh, thoughts, It's NOT here. Scram you church nut!
Why is it acceptable for politicians to espouse their religious beliefs tin every speech on any topic, but when an athiest comedian mentions his beliefs it's blasphemous? Also, the Golden Globes are a close to a roast as it gets in PC Hollywood. Isn't it more entertaining when you can actually see people loosen up, have a couple drinks and laugh at themselves and the industry as a whole without trying to sell you on their latest "project"?
Alex and Kathy – you people are hilarious. You ACTUALLY believe everything he said wasn't scripted and run through a team of writers and GG producers before he went on?? LMAO.
"if he continues to be so rude, he'll have his ratings to "worry" about. Yes, School Marm, whatever you say.
Honey, the fact that we're still talking about him means he doesn't have to "worry" about anything.
The Golden Globe Awards should be grateful to Gervais that anyone is even talking about their little show, good, bad or indifferent.
Oh, except the Atheist joke. That was funny.
Everything else was predictable, I could hear the punchline before he even finished it.
Ricky did a great job. He said the things we were all thinking, but no American host would have ever said, except maybe Kathy Griffin. Great job, Ricky.
He was brilliant. We need to see more of him.
I too would like to thank sweet baby jesus for making me an atheist
Comics know only 2 things.
If it is funny you can say ANYTHING!
The best examples of this are Sarah Silverman or Chris Rock or Marc Maron.
They are working a room that none of you can hear.
They know that fat rich comics die happy and sad comics live miserably forever.
Ricky never worked a club, he stayed in 2 worlds and hit the Lotto
. And he was cutting edge.
The Office 3rd. Episode stands with the best of "Rhoda" or "Coach".
Funny guy and w/ Steve Merchant he has MUCH to say.
But get into bed with the FELONS of the Hollywood Foreign Press and you risk guilt by association
. I mean RG bubby ... these Hollywood Foreign Press are the one's who leave junkets
balancing swag AND stolen flower arrangements!
You could give the money back?
Or just write
As the more we know of Ricky Gervais,
the less we enjoy his pasty business.
What in the world are you talking about?
Ricky hasn't been nearly as funny since he stopped writing with Merchant. He has, however, become a lot more mean-spirited. Drawing gasps from the audience isn't the same as getting laughs. There were a lot more gasps Sunday night than laughs.
Ricky Gervais is lascivious and vulgar. One should care about other people and their feelings. Funny is funny, crude and profane is crude and profane.
I'm lascivious and vulgar... wanna hang out?
I'm not going to comment on Ricky Gervais and his humour. You either like it or you don't. I'm still watching the Piers Tonight Show, hoping that it will start to get better! I want to love it. I think we need him. The problem that I'm having is, that for me it feels like he's racing to finish a series of questions. He doesn't even give the guests a chance to answer. Condoleesa at least had the courage to stop him and finish her answers. Please let the guests be the STARS. I'm hoping the show improves.
As an Atheist, I didn't really find it too offensive as I missed the last part of the Golden Globes. Then I see all the fallout from it, and I see what he said now. If Ricky Gervais truly was Atheist, he would not have thanked god as he would not believe in said god. And I agree with whomever said that Atheism is not a religion. Yeah it has ism, but a religion requires believing in a higher being the last time I checked, or at least some faith involved.
I am not one of those super radical Atheists that are out there, but I do argue Creationism vs Evolution quite a bit. And I am actually happy when I see an Atheist on TV, even if they are a fictional character on a TV show. I am one that is defensive however when it comes to my lack of belief and someone saying that I am not one when I clearly am. So more power goes to Gervais and whatever he may come up with next.
Obviously you didn't get the point of the joke. To say he's not truly an atheist b/c he thanked god, completely and totally misses the point of the joke.
The celebrities and public should be outraged at the fact the Golden Globes are bought with bribes rather than being offended by the spot on comedy of Mr. Gervais.
Atheists always mess up.
Jesus wouldn't have said that. So much for Christians being Christlike. At least atheists are upfront about it.
Christians mess up too. So does everyone else. It's called being human and fallible.
"He reminds me of Don Rickles. His off color humor is his trade mark."..............
The funny thing about obnoxious comedians is that they are not really funny – unless you have had one drink too many. They are a waste of time.
Yes, they always mess up. If they dont mess up, they're not atheist.
overall i thought he was pretty funny, but there were a few topics i feel he should've stayed away from. it's not socially acceptable to make fun of people with drug problems or make gay jokes to normal people, so why is it ok for celebs????
Gervais job was to entertain the audience. 50% of the audience thinks he did a fantastic job. When was the last time 50% of an award show audience was over-the-top excited about a performance? If his jokes were truly offensive, we'd all be in agreement about it and there wouldn't be any debate. But as it stands, 100% of the audience is passionately engaged in a discussion about his appearance. Ricky Gervais is an entertainment genius. "All publicity is good publicity."
It's not his job to worry. But he worries that wouldn't get invited again.
I'm just bummed Tom Cruise and John Travolta weren't there. Tom could've been jumping up on a couch yelling 'PRAISE XENU!!!'
The God I believe in has a sense of humor.
He was great! They knew what to expect!!
I agree with everyone who's annoyed with self-righteous religious people who can't take a joke. I don't want to be ministered to. In fact, I am incredibly offended that YOU think you're saving MY soul. I don't come to your house trying to teach you about evolution and the myth of religion, yet when anyone voices anything having to do with atheism, everyone is up in arms. Yet WE are supposed to be polite. You can't have it both ways.
Said the right wing conservative, "Keep your government out of my business, but let me stick my God in yours, or I'll shootchya."
I'm actually not a right wing conservative, but a Christian, who is a democrat... leaning toward the liberal side!!!
THIS COMMENT FORMAT IS GARBAGE. YOU HAVE TO SCROLL ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM TO SEE THE NEW POSTS OR MAKE A POST, AND YOU CANT CLICK 'LIKE' ON OTHER PEOPLES POSTS.
ONLY USE THE OTHER FORMAT.
OMG SHUT UP!!!!!
He was not all the funny. And his great "British Humor" is overrated. Don't get me wrong, I love British humor like Monty Python or Peter Sellers. but Gervais was just rude and obnoxious. He has been funny in the past, but as his success and popularity fade he just had to try harder and hard to keep the spotlight on him. His "15 minutes of fame" are almost over.
Wow! What are we teaching our youngsters...such hypocrisy! We are all for stopping the bullying in school but it's OK for a comedian to bully when they are watching! Making jokes at others is expense...sorry not funny to me and I do have a tremendous sense of humor...just not mean spirited!
We're teaching them that it's okay to preach our personal beliefs to others, but only if "we" are Christian and "they" are not. The reverse is unacceptable, even in joke form.
That was GREAT !! That was entertaining. OUTSTANDING!!
This is humor at it's best. These celebrities make tens of millions of dollars, can do anything they want on this earth. But all of a sudden it's wrong if a british comedian comes in and pokes fun at them??? Thats why they hired him you morons. Sorry if celebs cant take a joke, he only spoke the truth too.
And they'll know we are Christians when we judge!
I'm reminded of my brother-in-law. His mom (quite religious) was looking through the bookshelves and mentioned she wanted to read some good fiction before bed. He handed her a bible. And believe it or not, she laughed and could actually accept that it was a joke. Crazy.
Since some have found this forum a good place to spout off on their beliefs, here is mine: The bible was written a long time ago by men with a political/social/power agenda. As for what is going on in the cosmos, your guess is as good as mine, after all my poor feeble brain is only human, and the milky way is but a speck of sand on a 100 mile beach... but throw that bible out! It's destructive and is used way too often as a justification to spread hate!
LOVE Ricky! I don't see what the big deal here is.
I don't apologize for not finding it funny that someone who doesn't believe in God would thank HIM for making him an atheist....It was just a shocking statement that I didn't find cute. It hit me like a bolt of lightening.
As for me, I'd RATHER BELIEVE and be wrong, THAN NOT BELIEVE and be wrong!!!
I believe in you Peggy.
Look, do I think some of his material crossed the line? Only a little. People that feel his material was mean have a right to their opinion. If you think it was funny, great, glad you were entertained. I work in the business, and that's why we are here. But dont be surprised when someone doesnt like something. Here's a secret: We are allowed to not like things. I liked most of his material, but the shot at RDJ and Bruce crossed a line from a personal standpoint.
Not sure if anyone said it yet, but slamming Robert Downey jr., after the hardwork he went through to
be where he is, was unfair. The guy went from producers not wanting to hire him because they
weren't sure he would fulfill completion bond requirements to being a huge success.
Who cares where he was in that process. it worked for him. he's a celebrity. Celebrate that, you
pompous coward. Maybe you might have the stones you think you have, IF you didn't announce you no
longer wanted to be MC for the Globes.
To do all that and wait and see if anyone hires you, well... that's courage. Parting shots are just that.
Somebody posted on this forum that they believe they're are only 8-10 talented actors working today ... I would definitely agree and put Robert Downey Jr. near the top of that list. He has come an awfully long way since hisd days of rehab and should be applauded. That being said, Ricky Gervais is hilarious and it's a joke people ... a joke. Lighten up
That is the problem. You see an atheist as someone who needs saving. An atheist may see a christian as someone who needs saving. So you pray for the atheist to gain faith, and the atheist will "pray" for you to lose faith. You will need to be alright with the atheist "praying" for you to lose your faith in god... or the devil worshipper praying for you to gain faith in satan. Just because you believe it, doesn't mean it is right or that others would be happy with your faith.
I have faith in you Peggy
Funny guy. He's why I watch the globes. If they don't have him back next year, they're nuts. He's the ONLY reason their ratings are up.
I don't apologize for not finding it funny that someone who doesn't believe in God would thank HIM for making him an atheist....It was just a shocking statement that I didn't find cute.
As for me, I'd RATHER BELIEVE and be wrong, THAN NOT BELIEVE and be wrong!!!
Sandra – there are an estimated 2700 gods being worshiped on this earth. Are you worried about the consequences of not believing in the 2699 others?
Ricky, I know a lot of actors and NONE OF THEM don't care what people think of them. It may not be your "job" to care, but it would be in your career's best interest to understand the resentment and humiliation your off-handed remarks create. There's nothing special about celebrities. They deserve the same treatment any of the rest of us expect. Maybe they even deserve to be laughed at some times. But they do not deserve as much disrespect as you showed and many of your comments crossed the line during the Golden Globes. On rare occasions, 'mean' can be funny. The problem is, a lot of your stuff Sunday night wasn't funny. It was just mean. You didn't necessarily do anything "wrong", but you definitely disappointed one of your biggest fans: me.
Ricky Gervais was sharp, funny and brilliant hosting the Globes. He is laugh out loud funny and I can't get enough of him. If the 'celebrities' don't want to be the butt of jokes, stop providing so much material.
He was much better and funnier host than last year. Golden Globe had always been boring without the host. Any stars who don't want to be making fun off should not behave so stupid or have any bad records on themselves. If Ricky doesn't joke about them, their stories would also be on National Enquirer anyway.
From a married, middle-class mother in the middle of the bible belt... Gervais rocked it. I haven't laughed so hard at any comedian in quite awhile, let alone one hosting an awards show. Too bad he didn't have more air time, the show was dull when he wasn't on, with the exception of Robert Downey, Jr. If the HFPA has any brains, they'll ask him back for a third year... but I'm afraid they won't grow a pair between now and then.
Ricky Gervais said this was his favorite commercial ever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G-JB6mlS5
After watching it, I would have to agree with him. It's pretty good.
Since I commented about Ricky Gervais on the first post I have seen the comments escalate into rows about religion and politics......You all need to take it for what it is...Comedy Roasting, Bruce Willis's reaction was great, just laughing.....laugh it off. Yes all you actors are great but laugh at yourselves once in a while. I don't want to see a show where the host sucks up to the actors....WE KNOW they are great actors!!! Some comments on here suggest some people are really offended and suggest some actors can't take critisism, well Sandra Bullock can when she went to pick up her Razzies. Just chill people, Ricky was doing dry English humour and many Americans it seems don't get it, called it mean and did not support it. Don't change Ricky Gervais. Have a great day everyone.
I think the reactions of some of the "stars" etc... says more about them than it does about RIcky Gervais. Everything he said was completely true and in fairness, totally in gest.
Anyone who thinks he was being a little harsh needs to take a look in the mirror and stop idolisingactors and realise as Ricky Gervais has that these people are nothing but actors. They are no different than you or I, expcept for how ridiculously overpaid they are.
Nothing hurts more than or is funnier than the truth...
The comedy was great. Its the freaking press that is making SOMETHING out of NOTHING. The entire discussion is just a joke. If the celebs can't laugh at themselves then screw them.
All I know is that his animated HBO show is one of the most mean spirited unfunny things I've ever seen...
I truly enjoyed most of the Globe Awards show, and if some of Rick's comments caused a little squirming among the celebs – oh well! The only uncalled-for comments, I felt, were directed at Robert Downey Jr. in regards to his jail time and rehab stints. C'mon, that was several years ago – the guy's trying hard and doing well now, so give him a break. There are plenty of other well-deserving targets out there. And I felt Downey's response was classy and well-spoken.
"dry British humor" is one thing. Mean, snarky, deliberately hurtful comments under the guise of humor is quite another. Venting one's prejudices and sour nature as "humor" in a public forum like this is unacceptable, and says a great deal about the speakers character.
Ricky Gervais was incredibly witty and hilarious! And his finishing remark about being an atheist was just the perfect icing on the cake, especially in this context.
Keep up the good work, Ricky.
They got what they wanted, publicity. There is no such thing as bad publicity in this case. It got people talking about either hating him or loving him, so mission accomplished.
So wait, they hire a comedian famous for this type of abrasive joke telling, and then when he does it, get offended? The fact that people are even getting upset by this is what is wrong with this country. And Ricky is laughing all the way to the bank!
If this is Morgan's launch (Ricky Nobody and Howard Wig), he's in trouble. Is this his training program to get at the real stuff, like movie stars?
Piers needs to listen more. Something we teach at our tribe to our youth.. the respect of Listening and Hearing. Piers does need to listen more rather than interrupt .
Entertainers have no right to complain over being made fun of or their quirks brought to the forefront, period. I think he did a great job of hosting, tough noogies to the sore but's. ;-)
Why do we care so much about these silly people, their silly feelings and their silly, little lives? Were they offended? Boo hoo. They need to get in line behind the rest of humanity.
...I'm 52..look at CNN often..have a fairly good handle on whats going on-generally..is it just me, or who the f__k is Ricky Gervais, and why would I give a rats rear what he thinks about anything?? I HONESTLY, have NEVER heard of this person!!! Lets get on with 2011!!
That's your problem right there: you look at CNN often. Is CNN really the place to go to find out what's going on in the world? No.
The fact that everyone is talking about this guy instead of the supposed stars of the show – the award winners – tells me all I need to know about his motivations. He certainly DOES care what people think, as long as they are thinking about him and no one else. His "job" was to host, not make himself the focus. He stinks, period.
Yeah, Gervais really ruined the integrity of this celebrity award show. Let's hope he doesn't do this to the fifteen other celebrity award shows.
What I think is funny is hiring a host with a cutting, dry, British style of wit and you're shocked when he offends someone. These artsy-fartsy types take themselves way too seriously. Just the concept of a self-congratulatory awards show...honoring people who get paid boatloads of money and attention to DO THEIR JOBS then draw more of a spotlight on their work by giving one another little shiny statues is ridiculous. They get all dressed up to put on a
look at me" parade of opulence, wealth and arrogance. Ricky is the only worthwhile part of this whole freak show.
I thought that Ricky was fabulous! It was nice to have a host who didn't kiss butt, but kicked it. Someone else said that Ricky said what everyone else was thinking and I agree!
Here's hoping he'll agree to host another year!
I never watch these idiotic things. Like the stars, besides their millions, need to pat themselves on the back in public as well just to re-affirm their stardom. Whatever. But now, I'm wishing I caught this one just to see Gervais in action.
Especially his parting comment was brilliant. At these kind of events, everybody says something cheesy like "Thank god for this or that", and he manages to both ridicule that and encourage people to come out in the open as atheists. If only more people in the US would also do that, in this semi-theocracy.
You brits love the word brilliant don't you...
I thought Ricky was PERFECT. I really think thosse mis-informed folks above should tune into Adult Swim and watch the British 'Office'. It's pure genius, and frankly, I need to watch each episode more than one to catch all the deadpan humor. But that's me, I love deadpan humor – it's becoming a lost art. Honestly, I think if Leslie Nielsen, Don Rickles or Rodney Dangefield had done the GGs, no one would've got it either. It's the humor of intellectuals, and I think we just found out, Hollywood doesn't qualify.
I watched the GGs FOR Ricky Gervais, and appreciate he didn't brown-nose anyone. I didn't think his jokes were all that offensive, either. What kind of society is this where even the COMEDIANS are so narcissistic they can't laugh at themselves? I'm a Ricky Gervais fan for life, (especially after this), and those who couldn't laugh at themselves will find themselves without my movie-watching dollars.
Hey moron, YOU were and still are the elephant in the room. Same goes for the other morons (elephants) that have attempted to defend your moronic ways.
I think the tone of an awards show should be different from that of a roast. Billy Chrystal also made fun of the celebs but it was never malicious or intended to embarrass them. It was clear that many of the celebs like Wahlberg , Downey jr, and Tom Hanks were not comfortable being fish in a barrel for Gervais's barbs.
Here's a newsflash. Tom Cruise is a fudge packer who belongs to a cult. Gervais didn't tell us anything new
Excellent comment! Just saying...
Would Piers Morgan please shut up? I don't care about him. Ricky Gervais I like...
Why is anyone upset about Gervais? He knew his audience: the American TV-viewing public. He gave them what they have proven time and again they want: nastiness guised as "humor." If you don't like that stuff, don't watch TV. There are plenty of other, more constructive things to do in the world.
The irony is Gervais' response when someone criticized him, ""It's not my job to worry about what people think of me, that's the job of a politician, I don't care what people think of me. They hired me for a job, and if they didn't want me, they shouldn't have hired me." Seems like there's a little ego there as well. I can he can dish it out, but not take it. Comedy is great, but it's not a get-out-of-jail-free-card that removes responsibility. When you say something nasty, whether you say it like Mel Gibson, or like Ricky G, it's still nasty. Not sure whey there's a double standard that let's comedians say whatever they want.
I support you, Ricky. These celebs take themselves much too seriously – time some one poked some holes in their egos and let some hot air out.
I'm a fan of Ricky Gervais movies, and was surprised by his stand-up routine (to see that he wasn't a non-descript middle aged man in all area's of life), but find his attacks on the talent of other entertainers, who were sitting in the audience at an awards show, to be jolting, insulting, but not funny. I guess I like my humor witty, not obvious.
Hey, if you don't want to get made fun of for being in the Betty Ford Clinic or LA County Jail, don't do anything that will get you sent to those places!
Judging by the number of posts here it seems to me that people badly need to get a life. Really, all of this about a TV awards show? Please get off the computer and go volunteer to help someone who really needs it.
Oh look, the get-a-life guy finally made it!
Pot, meet kettle.
Thanks for trying to force this new show down our collective throats. A show is successful by its quality not the number of times you put it on the front page. I'm sure everyone thinks this is a great idea.
These events are intended to celebrate great art, performances, and talent. It is ok to be funny, but to upstage and overshadow the intent of the show with such behavior is wrong, and lacks taste, and DILUTES THE ENTIRE SHOW.Would you do the same at a museum, art gallery, or symphony? No. Just because their are egos in the room does not excuse debasing everything.
So, he brought a bit of a roast to what should have been an ego-stroke event and some were bothered?? Poor babies.
I think it time people stop putting stars on pedstals and treating them like their paper dolls . They choose that lifestyle and when they screw up they are fair game. He didn't say anything that wasn't true and nothing we hadn't thought of or discussed on our own. They knew exactly what he would do in his act they wanted the controversy see all the free press they are getting! I would not be surprised if he is not invited back in a year or two when they are dying for ratings again. this is probably the first time I paid any attention to that award show and I'm sure its the same for alot of other people.
The only thing done wrong here is for this to be a story. 2 wars going on, economy in the tank, congressional battles, scientic breakthroughs-–and this is a story? Good for Ricky for sticking to his guns. You get paid millions, you need to take a ribbing too. You get your "you are the best at everything" speech everyday from your friends, family, publicist, agent, ect. Its about damn time you hear what real people are thinking....while they remain kind enough to pay your bills by seeing your movies, shows, ect. If you dont want people to talk about your age, drug issues, arrest hx, ect.-GET OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT, comes with the territory. If you dont want such attention, stay at home like Woody Allen and other wierdos have for years-–otherwise buckle up and STFU.
I think Ricky Gervais and Kathy Griffeth would make a great couple. A couple of Hell Hounds that is. No, that is not a complement.
I was laughing so hard. He was hilarious. The stars just don't like it when someone dares to speak the truth to them. He didn't say anything that most of us were already thinking.
Ruth, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven for you hold hate in your heart towards your fellow men.
And if anyone cares, I like Ricky and his atheist jokes was funny! I am tired of people thanking me for uninteresting and unimportant events.
BTW, just got me a twitter account too! My son Jesus got me a laptop for Christmas!
There is only one crime a comedian can commit, and it's this: not being funny.
Mr. Gervais is hereby cleared of all charges.
Lisa Lampinelli, please report to the principal's office immediately...
I thought he was hilarious! Loved every minute he was on. I would love to see him more on these shows, very refreshing. If you can't laugh at yourself, get a life.
Keep it up Ricky!
I won't tune in to see him again. He's rude. You dread his approaching the podium. And his last remark of thanking God that he was an athiest was the nail in the coffin for me. And what actor would dare criticize him for fear of being his next target on stage in front of a vast audience.
Why is this news? CNN is just giving free advertising to one of its own programs.
I usually do not watch these award shows...but as I turned to check it out for a moment, it was actually Ricky Gervais' funny comments that caused me to end up watching the show longer than I would of. I especially enjoyed the Bruce Willis introduction he gave--that was priceless. Bruce Willis seemed to find it funny also. C'mon people....lighten up......don't take everything SO seriously! A good laugh never hurt anyone.
Thought he was hilarious, enjoyed the show and if the "stars" got offended, they need to grow a pair! I love English humor and he was right on, to bad the stars attending got a little miffed. The Tourist? Didn't see it, though i like both Jolie and Depp.
And he only said what was true..and we all know it.
Wrong? He got a lot of publicity, seems like he did things right.
I've read his article on atheism, and though some of his views are extreme (I am also atheist but not as pushy), the US has to face the fact that there are many atheists that feel forced by family, friends, and work to appear Christian or at least following some religion. Maybe 10% of my friends know me and my family are atheists, and fewer of my coworkers. Yet I talk to friends about the subject, and most keep religion in their lives to satisfy their parents, "not confuse the kids", and keep up appearances at work.
I thought he was hilarious. He wasn't at all mean, all he did was repeat what had already been in every other media outlet in a joking way, which one would think the "victim" would appreciate for a change. The president of the HFP should've had a better sense of humor. The Tom Cruise jokes have been around for years, as well as Robt Downey Jr, who frankly took it very well and had quite the humorous retort! I was hoping for more actually, I was crying I was laughing so hard in the beginning... I love this guy!
R.Downey is a baby! Oh..., he talked about stuff that everyone already knows about....wwwaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!! I'm privileged! Don't touch me!
stop advertising your lame new show on your news website everyday, or i'm going to stop coming here for news. this is ridiculous. this isn't news. this is an ad.
I thought it was hilarious with one exception. I didn't care for his joke that insinuated that Sandra Bullock said poor and homeless people smell. Over the line. Not appropriate.
But the rest was awesome!!! It reminded me more of the Globes from the 70's. Actors and comedians said just about anything back then! Sensors be damned!
Gervaise is very clever. He managed to make the whole Golden Globes about him, not the winners. So its rather foolish to praise him for defalting egos when his own ego was the biggest one in the whole room.
Gervais is getting waaaay too much publicity for what were essentially so-so jokes. I enjoy comedians pushing buttons and making people uncomfortable. But many of Gervais's jokes were lazy and old. People were making those Robert Downey Jr. jokes after "Chaplin". The dig at Steve Carrell was almost word-for-word the things he said last year. I laughed at some of his stuff, but many of his jokes just seemed easy and lame.
@Catholic with a...
That was a wonderful response.
As an American living in the UK, I LOVE Ricky Gervais. I grew up with Johnny Carson hosting similar shows. He was a legend but hardly hard-hitting. RG is brilliant. If you haven't seen his stand-up material, watch "Animals", "Politics" or "Fame". PC has no place in comedy.
This guy is an ass, plain and simple. His comedy is trash and he is the #1 reason I didn't watch.
What is funny is Ricky said what alot of normal people are thinking but the Hollywood types never hear because they live in a world where everyone tells them what they want to hear and treat them like they are better then everyone else.
Yeah Robert Like they abolished it in China,and in the soviet Union and in Nazi Germany..moron
i enjoyed it......are ppl have to be careful what they say. they know he is a comedian live with it
He was funny! These 'stars' need to get over themselves.
"The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer." Henry David Thoreau
Piers just attend..
Ricky, you're a breath of fresh air. Celebrities need to be reminded that they are just people, too. I think that is why Hollywood is so lost as far as reality. When you have the ability to laugh at yourself...it makes you a better person.
Piers is absolutely boring! The questions are predictable and just boring.
He shouldn't have to be on the defensive. He's right – they know what he can do and he did it. Most of the reviews I've read have been praising him, defending those who are criticizing him, and admiration of the job he did and the truths he told. Go Ricky!
Who cares what they think...we're talking about insulting a group of idiots who make exorbitant livings by living in a world of fantasy...if any of them had to work an honest day in their lives, the pressure would kill them...insult them? give me a break, they're too self-absorbed to catch on!
Has any public figure actually come out and criticized Gervais? Not that I've heard of. This is a manufactured controversy from the blogosphere. One blogger starts calling Gervais' jokes mean - because, let's face it, whether you believe your opinion or not, it has to be BOLD BOLD BOLD if you want any traffic to your blog.
Then the links started. And everyone started gabbing about this as if it was an actual honest to god controversy.
It isn't. And even if it was, who cares what a bunch of fancy-pants uber sensitive primadonas think anyway?
I don't think most Americans know that Gervais created, wrote, and starred in the original "The Office" series, which ran in Britain. The American version of "The Office" is a cheap, watered-down imitation. Gervais is a comic genius.
So this small post by Steve Krakauer is the 'full story'???? Why does CNN insist that everyone watch a video (that usually has some damned commercial up front) in order to get the 'full story'??? Or am I just a moron and missing a link to the written story???
Okay, I can see the first episode being covered on CNN.com, but do we really need to see every episode of a tv show featured on a news page? This isn't news, it's advertising.
He was great!! His humor isnt for everyone though. The best part, he is a little hottie. I totaly have a crush on this English dude. haha
He's a lot funnier than Piers Morgan. Which isn't saying a lot.
lol@ people turning this into a religious debate.
Anyway, no. The guy went too far. The problem is that this isboth an awards show to celebrate these people's dedication to their art and it's also a publicised event. Ricky catered to the later which is a problem.
By the way, to all those saying all his jokes were true, so what? There's a line you don't cross. No one hazed him. He was hired for an awards show not a roast. No one saw the Tourist? Sorry, but America is not the only country in the world beluieve it or not. The movie is about to hit $200,000,000 world wide. That number doesn't appear out of nowhere.
Robert Downey Jr went to rehab? Charlie Sheen had a wild weekend? Yeah, tell us something we don't already know and that hasn't been run into the ground by late night talk show hosts.
Seriously, it didn't belong, non of it was original, and it did absolutely nothing but entertain people who like to laugh at the same tired jokes over and over.
Oh and to those who justify that hazing by saying these celebrities are egotistical, show me this survey of yours. Honestly, these people work hard to become successful (not famous...successful) in an industry that is hard to get into and you think they deserved to be insulted?
mean? God forbid someone offend all those big pampered babies.
What are the chances he will be back next year....100%...we all want to hear what he going to say next.
zdme5 thinks these events are intended to celebrate great art, performances and talent. If that is true.....then half the people there shouldn't be, and more than half the movies, TV shows should not be nominated. Ricky Gervais was perfect..........so funny. Looking forward to seeing him tonight!
Why don't we get rid of award shows altogether? Who wants to see a bunch of rich, famous people read off of cards and get ridiculously drunk way too early in the evening? Why is this entertainment? I mean, the Oscars can be alright....and sometimes the Grammies because of the acts playing. Why do we need more than that? Who cares what the foreign press thinks? Do other countries have award shows measuring what we think of them?
Ricky is a Comedian. His job is to joke about whatever is around him or whatever he thinks. Thats the way he makes his living. If You do not wanted a comedian, you should have brought a "Diplomatic delgate" and conducted the show. No laughs and only claps n grins. Just laugh it off and move on.
i didn't watch it live, but i heard about it. after watching it on replay i don't get why people are so upset, it wasn't even that funny. i don't think he was mean enough, there is plenty more he could have said about the people in the room.
There was nothing dilvulged that was not public knowledge, everything he said was the truth – he took another boring "awards" nonsense where everyone gets to wear their Big Boy/Big Girl clothes and advertise this designer/that designer. They all needed knocked down a notch or two for flouting there money while I'm sitting home in my sweats just thankful to have them and to be warm.
are we reduced to watching british no-bodies on American TV? This sux.
I thought he was funny, ya he was a bit mean, but so what? It was meant in fun and he was probably trying to have a bit of an edge, rather than being predictable and boring. I have seen plenty of those shows and I tend not to stay tuned in if they cannot think of clever or entertaining things to say.
I think it's ridiculous how these people are idolized to the point at which they believe their own press. And when they get called on it they get their feelings hurt. They aren't heros. Ricky's humor was "Spot On" to borrow from the Brits. I saw the parole violator in a close up, and if I don't mention the name or gender you'd be hard pressed to know who I meant. Isn't that life privileged enough without them think they deserve better? Politicians, Athletes, Movie Stars are the Gods of Olympus right? I say keep up the Great work Ricky.
are we reduced to watching brit no bodies on american tv?
Much ado about nothing – finally someone w/ balls enough not worried about being "PC"
Thou Shalt Not Make Fun of the Hollywood Liberal Elite
Ricky Gervais is incredibly arrogant and smug. I never understand why people think he's so funny, his so called comedy usually involves him talking down to people and acting like a jerk. He's the kind of person I can imagine saying something rude like "Its an honor for you to meet ME".
I, for one, don't think that God (or whomever is in charge) gives a rats a$$ about who wins these little awards. He's got bigger issues to deal with (if he/she/it/them/they) are dealing with the issues at all.
That being said, Ricky was a scream. You don't want people to make fun of you? Give up being a movie star and go work at taco bell. If you make millions because you have purposely put yourself into the public spotlight, well, you just have to take the downside. And sometimes the downside is someone pointing out all of the stupid things you've done to waste the millions of dollars you made. Bring Ricky back for Round 3!!
The only people saying Ricky Gervais went to far are the media and Robert Downey Jr. It's like they're TRYING to make it a controversy, when in reality, everyone enjoyed it including the people in that room.
I don't like either Morgan or Gervais. Morgan is nor interesting and Gervais is not funny. I don't watch CNN anymore.
Why producers keep pushing untalented bums like Gervais is beyond me. Never thought he was funny in the least. Will never watch.
Who is Ricky Gervais? Snookie's sugar daddy? And, since we're on the topic of religion; my dyslexia continues to complicate every day of my life even though I pray to Dog every day to cure me. But, goddonit, he continues to ignore my pleas. I think he may be an humantheist. And I am personally praying for the soles of every one here. May they lead you on the path to enlightenment. Or at least to a really good strip club.
Mean? If you want to see mean on television, just tune into Real Housewives of ANY city. Watch the Kardashians, or any other "Reality" show that depicts young americans as rude, uneducated, materialistic, and just plain ignorant. He's a comedian for crying out loud! And he was full on Brilliant that night !!!
Newsflash for CNN – you are shredding your last shred of journalistic integrity by pretending that this British fop's interviews are news. I didn't watch the Globes, could care less about a pack of spoiled freaks patting each other on the back, but I would applaud anything Gervais did up to and including pouring gasoline on the audience and setting them ablaze.
News flash to John Steel – Don't care that you don't care. Thanks for wasting space in the comments.
Mean spirited is easy. Being a weasel afterwards is easier. Being on CNN was the easiest thing the juvenile gerbil Gervais could do.
I don't even know what he said, but if this is the rection, he did his job PERFECTLY.
Ricky Gervais is the only reason I watched the Golden Globes last year and this year. I thought he did a great job. If he doesn't host again next year, I will not be watching. If anyone was offended, they take themselves too seriously and need to get some real things to worry about.
Those who believe in myths SHOULD constantly be reminded that faith and reason are two different beasts. If you are insulted, obviously your faith is not strong enough. So quit whining, stick your head back in the sand, and be blissfully ignorant. I certainly don't get insulted when some gullible soul condemns me to Make Believe Land...uh...hell. Rolls off my back, because I am confident in my reason – no amount of clucking and tsk-tsking is going to convince me. And let's face facts – COUNTLESS folks who attend church regularly (just like about half of our Founding Fathers) do so out of tradition, deference to a family member, or for the soclal connections, and pretend. And I have no problem with that. Catholic With a Sense of Humor makes an EXCELLENT point. And I don't confront the "faithful," yet I DAILY am confronted by folks who are not nearly as bright as I am, yet think they can convert me into blissful ignorance. So, if, on occasion, I throw out a barb, well, it's because I find the hypocrisy ridiculous and the self-appointed evangelists annoying, as if being a loudmouth or repeating nonsense over and over serves me, as opposed to the pathetic self-affirmation YOU need. Now, I'll take Ricky Gervais ANY day over the self-serving and DANGEROUS whining hypocrites liike Bill O'Donohue of the Catholic League. He makes me vomit with his preachy crap and cry-baby BS.
What cracks me up is when an athlete or a celebrity thanks God for their homerun or their Oscar. By thanking God, what you're saying is that God likes you better than everyone else who didn't get an award or hit a game winning grand slam. Stuck up snobs. I hope you go to heck.
Hey, Hollywoods stars, get a grip and get a sense of humor. You ain't that great!
I've heard ruder things said at comedy roasts and nobody complains about those...
Although I don't appreciate this type humor; Gervais said to their face what Leno, Letterman, and O'Brien say behind their backs.
Ricky Gervais IS the joke. What an egotistical person he is.
The actor elite finally got a little shark bite humor and evryone is in an uproar about taste. Drug abuse and infidelity is rampant in their profession. They deserve everything they cry about. if you want to be a shark then swim with the sharks and as in life sometimes your eaten by your own or someone just a little smarter.
He made me laugh. Thats enough for me.
I thought Ricky Gervais was funny, but I had to wince too because he was mean.
I love Ricky Gervais, and think the Office and Extras are both brilliant. However, his shtick at the GG was just cheap, and wasn't even very funny. It was like his primary objective was just to offend people. I guess he succeeded.
I got over religion when my ex-sister in law said. I praying against you. Well thats the christian way isn't it
Who cares-These morons are all a waste of space.
Here's the thing. The Golden Globes pretty much mean nothing to the American populus. It's an award show for celebrities patting other celebrities on the back for a job well done. I personally though Ricky was awesome, and I don't believe for a MOMENT that the President of the Golden Globes is up in arms over what Ricky said. He made a crack about Philip Berk LAST YEAR and was invited back. They knew what they were getting, if they didn't like his brand of humor they shouldn't have brought him back for a second year. I personally don't care about the Golden Globes. The only award shows I watch are the Emmy's and the Oscars. I'll be interested to see if viewership goes down next year or not.
Gervais played to the audience at home. In a televised show that needs to pull in ratings, that's what should be done.
I, too, only watched the show because he was hosting. I found him hilarious, but I always do!
OH WAAAAH, let's not be mean to the poor, defenseless, Hollywood royalty. They are a downtrodden group. Give me a break.
These people should be regularly skewered like this. I've worked with actors for years, love them as fun, creative, and joyful- you have to be to be in this business- but when they achieve this "level" where they think they're some kind of royalty or are untouchable because of some stupid movie role that "changes the world"! (ha) they should be reminded how much popular culture artificially props them up. And Ricky is knocking them right back down. Good for him. Bunch 'o self absorbed semi-talented morons.
Religion is what keeps everyone and this world sane...a world full of atheists would be painful at least...On Ricky.. if his kind of humor was done in schools by one kid on another it would be termed bullubg and would face suspension!!! Ricky was good but incoherent and soemtimes crass...
I wonder what real news was forfeited so CNN could promote this silly little waste of time show.
Hollywood's self love fests known as The Golden Globes and The Academy Awards are more obnoxious than anything Ricky Gervais said.
I love Gervais' humor, especially in "Extras." However, I was a bit let down by his Golden Globes appearance, not because he was mean, but because he just wasn't that funny. He was aping the style of Lisa Lampinelli and Jeffrey Ross, who are much, much funnier on Comedy Central's celebrity roasts.
I love how the common man starts calling this stuff 'inappropriate'. Get off of your high horses. Heaven forbid that rich people get the same ribbing that the rest of us get everyday. Gervais is brilliant and made an intolerable program watchable.
I have seen him perform before the golden globe and he was the same then. So I saw what I expected. If the people that invited him did not want this type of humor, they should not have invited him to host. Yes, he was controversial and mean, but that is who he is. Should have known this what would happen.
Gervais went on stage and did what he does best. If organizers or people in charge were not happy with his performance and thought that he crossed the line then it is their fault for hiring him. They should have known that is his act. They should have known that he would not kiss up to the celebrities that were there. Not Gervais' fault.
As for the celebrities, they need to stop taking themselves so seriously. They chose to live there lives the way that they do in the public eye and chose the bad projects that they do. Comments about Charlie Sheen have been much worse in the media. Saying that no one went to see the tourist, tell us something that we dont already know. We all know that Robert Downey went to rehab, who didnt know that.
Stop taking yourselves so seriously. If everyday people did half the things that celebrities do, we would all be fired. And you're complaining about some crass but funny jokes. Grow up.
Probably the best comment I've read yet, kind of nails all the fine points. And, Ricky could put his boots under my bed anytime!
It was like watching the Office on crack! People forget that we watch the Office because of the very humor that he displayed! If only they had shown Dwight smiling and Phyllis was awkwardly standing in the background! I was in shock and loved every minute of it! I was actually surprised it was so short! I'm sorry that Hollyweird takes themselves so seriously because most of us do NOT! Really really LOL!
It was great. Don't hold back Gervais. Why is it that all of a sudden there is a problem with this? Everyone is so sensitive now? This is the business/nature of working in an atmosphere where your life is exposed to everyone. Don't blame Gervais. Everything he said is stuff we already knew.
I like the idea of nailing the elephant in the room. Trouble is, there was not a single joke nailing the elephant in the room that was actually funny. He was just cruel and mean spirited and his jokes said nothing about his targets on a depper level other than his being an A Hole. I despise that British holier than thou mean spirited sense of humor. He is an emabrrassment to all of Great Britain. Next time, just send us a Helen Mirren or a Colin Firth. A brit with class and intellect AND humor.
Religion is a delusion, faith is a virus, and God is Santa Claus for adults. Grow up, people. Thank dog for Ricky Gervais!
The man is a disgrace and it is unfortunate that he is a fellow Brit. He says "..if they didn't want me they shouldn't have hired me " – well they wouldn't have known what he was going to say until he was in front of the camera. Here's a thought – why do these award shows even need an M.C. – just have a"voice of God" announcing " and here to present Best Picture ..." is all that should be necessary. It would move things along so much faster and we wouldn't be subjected to the likes of Mr. Gervais.
come on meow people his job is to make jokes and jokes are offensive, get over it. If you want someone to come and make people laugh someones feelings always get hurt, the man just said what we were alll thinking so whats the big deal? I mean dont we have a war and poverty and a messed up economy to worry about? Actully screw it kill em all they're just people after all.......well untill they die
Good on Ricky! Hollywood Hypocrites! They can dish it out but they can't take it when someone shines a glaring light on their screwed up personal lives and systemic dysfunction. It's refreshing to see these sanctimonious overpaid pansies who like to pontificate on the ills of society finally get some get some criticism thrown back at them !!!
yes, mean. When he introduced Tom Hanks and Tim Allen he read a list of Hanks accomplishments (impressive) and got to Tim Allen and looked at two sides of a blank piece of paper. C'mon, he's no Tom Hanks but he played an iconic TV character and Buzz Lightyear.
He's good but he's ruined in Hollywood.
Hey, Hollywood! Don't want to get roasted at a famous public event where all of your predecessors have been roasted? Then, don't go!
Funny, yes. In fact it was the funniest I've seen him. His HBO special was awful. But, was it the forum for this type of humor? I don't think so. Save it for the comedy central roasts. The globe awards are meant to recognize professional actors and actresses for what they do to entertain the world. Over-paid is a relative term. You are worth whatever someone is willing to pay you. Ricky's antics were self-promoting and nothing else.
Debate if he was mean or not as long as you wish, but please don't suggest that this or anything else he has done is funny. I don't see the fascination with the guy.
A lot of people say they are disgusted, disappointed, ..... that they were expecting something nicer for the evening.
If you want to have a nice evening, the best solution is maybe to turn off that TV, in case it satys on, the second best thing to do is surely avoiding low quality programs such as that one!!! Awards shows are sooooooooooooooooo pathetic.
Get a life, turn off your TV! That is maybe one of the messages of Gervais' jokes!
You have to hand it to Ricky for going after Hollywood's sacred cows with such gusto. Sure some of his jokes hit hard, but taking a no-prisoners approach is what separates the Golden Globes from the always-stodgy Oscars. Three cheers for Ricky for shaking up the troops and making yet another awards show fun and entertaining.
One of the funniest and most entertaining hosting of an awards show I have ever seen. These stars need to be roasted every once in a while - sometimes they act like they are royalty. I never even watched the Golden Globes (or cared about them for that matter) but if he hosted next year I think I would tune in.
I LOVED Ricky in Ghost Town and Invention of Lying before he was as HOT as he now is. He looks SO good. I guess he's coming up in the dating world if that gorgeous blond on his arm at the GGs is any indication. He's a doll, and so funny. So, mean people suck, so what. Some folks need to hear things about themselves that almost all of us are thinking but don't have the platform to express. Go, Ricky, Go, I love ya!
We are supposed to give credence to these British clowns? I resent such a serious subject being addressed by two lightweights like these. Americans are getting more and more shallow and needy everyday.
Just because they're stars they're to be treated with kid gloves? Yet Simon Cowell can destroy a human being in front of millions (More watch that stars crap than the awards crap)
I haven't watched Morgan's show yet and don't intend to. But just from reading this article, Gervais sounds like he is making a considerable contribution to the dumbing down of our culture. I suppose there are people in the world who find ANYTHING funny because they just don't know any better.
Most of the time those awards shows are all about who's wearing what and who's with whom..never about the awards themselves...B. Streisand said it best when she receieved her first Emmy..."when I was little and watching TVI always watched to see who was drunk..what they were wearing".....stars money, life styles and promos should be enough "awards" for them.
Ever notice how "mean" celebrities are to other people at these shows. Usually with their self important speeches on politics and other causes. The destroy everyone one at the Oscars/Golden Globes who they don't like politically. Somebody like Gervais gives them a taste of their own and they whine....pullllleeze, take it like a man Hollywood buffoons.
Didn't watch the GG–after seeing what Gervais said to Morgan, I went and watched all of his GG clips on youtube. I had a good laugh. He really did address the elephant in the room and I so love the fact that these Hollywood stars may have gotten a glimpse of how the rest of the world views their out of control lives.
I absolutely hate living in our politically correct world; I liked it better when we were free to tell the truth. I loved his performance. Celebrities have wealth, power, influence, and everyone in the world to cater to them. I liked that he didn't. Besides the bit about Hugh Hefner was so funny that I nearly split my sides laughing, and it was nothing that we haven't all thought.
Some actors/actresses and media alike should just chillax. Ricky was stating the truth and bringing a humouristic twist to it all. I'd love to see him there next year. Or maybe even the Oscars.
I never watch these self-congratulatory shows but I watched this one in its entirety because of Ricky Gervais. Someone needs to tell these celebs that they are unimportant in the grand scheme of things.
Not the most tasteful performance for a pretty good awards show.
So judging by these latest rounds of comment posts, Ricky Gervais did the right thing.
Just like Hollywood, you all just need to ligthen up; stop taking things so seriously.
Stop being Message Board trolls and try to laugh at yourself once in a while.
Okay people–enough about whether you believe in God or not. I don't think anything definitive is going to be proven on a discussion board at CNN. Just agree to disagree and move on.
YAWN.........'Stars' are overrated anyway. Who cares? They probably fart and belch like the rest of us mere mortals. Bunch of whiners.
Poor celeb millionaires couldn't handle jokes? I thought it was hilarious.
It's not as if Gervais was some unknown. His biting humor is his signature and I'm glad that he took a bite out of Hollywood's continuing self-congratulatory behavior. He brought everyone back down to earth. The only thing he is guilty of is reminding the "A-list" that they are not gods or anything sacred. It's too bad it doesn't happen more often. Lighten up, laugh at yourselves and move on.
Really I think that Hollywood needs to get their heads out of their a$$es! Ricky was awesome! My question to everyone is "Really who the hell saw The Tourist?" I saw it and it was crap I walked out mid way because it was crap, I got bored and thought that Angie needed to seriously get the dong out of her pompous a$$....Clooney, another jerk!, Pitt he's only a has been face.....Really they need to get over themselves! Ricky is true comic just like all the other comics (too many to name) that do exactly what he did, "Address the elephant in the room." !!!!!!!
Wow Marc, well done! I think I'm in love:)
Can't wait for Ricky to be there next year!!!! Really made the show worth watching and I hate these stupid awards shows.
So these people choose to go into an industry that gives them fame and notariety. Many choose to speak about the political and social ills of this world. Others publically attack individuals they may not like. But when they have an issue in their life, whether it be financial, physical or moral – they feel everyone must remain silent. Speak the truth Ricky. Speak the truth.
I like British humor. I liked Richard Pryor and that whole groufp of comics of my day too. But, we need a little less of that mean-spiritedness right now in our society, even on our blogs.
come on people he is from england who cares what he says. wow how creative he can put people down , he is so talented, and if u dont like America, go get your culture some where else.
At the end of the day, all the banter on this topic, and RG only helps him. They look at how much people talk about him, good or bad, and determine if he's worth banking. You all proved that you watch these lame shows, and thus made his money worth it, whether you liked him or not. Bravo. Bravo.
I loved it, super funny, the people in charge of the show who do the hiring should've known what Gervais is all about. This is what comedians do, get over it!
Seriously... who would watch the show if it were not for people like Gervais hosting it!! I think her is funny and really, dont do stupid things and you wont find yourself as the butt of a joke! You gotta learn to laugh at yourself along with everyone else or you wont make it far in life.
Rickey Gervais was great and very funny. These Hollywood people think they are so special that they can dish it out, but not expected to take it. They are all divas and so full of themselves. Maybe this roast was a reality check for them that tell them they are just like the rest of society; flawed and imperfect. Be humble and learn to take a joke. You go Rickey Gervais!
Boo hoo. Some of Hollywood's 'royalty' (according to them) couldn't take RG's in your face barbs. Some of them should be thanking their lucky stars that they're still getting millions for one crappy film after the other. We the audience are more discerning than the idiots handing out the paychecks. Doesn't matter who's starring in a movie....if it's crap, it's crap. Producers paying millions to the mediocre 'stars' out there won't make us want to see the film any more. Two examples...Kate Hudson and Katherine Heigl...come to mind. One flop after the other, yet they keep 'starring' in films. There are a lot of idiots out there, and it's not the viewing public. Hey Hollywood, stop trying to cram mediocre crap down our throats. We're not as stupid as you think.
WRONG! He was an idiot. Some of it was ok like talking about actors who put themselves in jail but a lot such as refering to Cher (we all get old and she is still doing ok) as over the hill was plain mean, stupid and shows he should not come back.
I'm a fan of Ricky's humor and was not put off by his jokes on the rich and famous. I was surprised that it just WASN'T funny, with a few exceptions. I understand that he primarily made fun of people he knew, and that they could take it (people at home didn't know that), but taking mean shots at your host was a bit much. It was like watching a slow death over 3 hours right up to the last comment of thanking God for making him an atheist (why invoke God into your attempt at humor is beyond me). Unfortunately, it probably ended his career in the States. The old saying applies - when your're in a hole, STOP DIGGING.
The dumbest thing the hollywood types can do is to believe their press releases...whether positive or negative...Mr. Gervais took them down a notch or two....and they all had it coming.....if they behaved, he'd have no one to poke fun at
Oh no...someone was being too mean at the junior varsity Academy Awards. It's the Golden Globes people...it should just be called "Dinner and a Trophy Night."
He is lying – He does care what people think and I think the majority of people thought he was outstanding! It's about time someone took real shots at the hollywood elite!
Since when did the GG's become the Friar's Roast? Can we just have a show without poking fun at the celebs, they already deal with that BS on a daily basis.
I really don't understand why people are so up in arms over this..Ricky is a comedian, comedians poke fun. People have really lost their sense of humor. Maybe it's time to just have a bland, boring host at all these otherwise, bland, boring award shows!
I wish religious people would stop using me as an excuse to impose their fears unto others. I didn't create religion monkeys...you did!
I gave you a few rules and you turned it into irrational doctrine.
Nothing is perfect, not even me, since I created you. Simple logic, monkeys...a perfect being could not create imperfect things.
...God does exist and there is no life on any other planet in the universe except earth....yah, right !!!
Ricky is the undisputed "King of Uncomfortable Comedy"! Have you ever seen "The Office"? "Extras"? Any of his standup?
It's what he does. If you don't like it, don't watch it!
who cares – i think this guy was on some lame british tv show once, but that's about it.
All of you people who DO NOT believe there is a GOD are ignorant. You will someday find out the truth and unfortunately for you it will be too late. Sorry your so niave. PRAISE GOD!!! amen amen amen
..so what about all other of GOD's creatures great & small ? Do they get to enter heaven if they behave themselves...do animals, other than humans even sin? Is heaven only reserved for humankind? Please tell us, the ignorant (which I must be), what will happen to me when I die? Do I go to hell if I don't believe even if I respect and tolorate my fellow earthlings.....and where will my 2 cats end up?
Just do onto others you as you would like done onto you and we'll all get along just fine here on earth.
I know it's hard for you to believe/understand in non-belief...you've gone to far to ever come back and nobody can or will change that for you now.....
I thought that, as an entertainer, it was his job to worry about what people thought of him.
Ricky Gervais: You were spot-on. Cheers!
You cannot take seriously British Humor.
Gervais is very funny and there is a lot of truth behind the jokes. Those that complain please do not watch any of the Roasts of Celebrities on TV , you won't get it. Brutal.
Loved it Loved it.I am pretty sure each actor went home to thier lavish mansions, swore at the maid and nanny,mixed a drink and got over it.We paid for those mansions and I do believe these award shows are for us. Get over it
He's a comedian, he makes jokes for a living what did they expect him to do? Hes not gonna go up there and say random jokes that has nothing to do with the hollywood scene. Hes gonna do what hes good at and know what type of jokes he should be telling and thats what he did, they are all grown ups i'm sure they can handle it, if i'm not mistaken most everyone was laughing and tearing up from laughter.
These jokes are old but are funny the way Gervais tells them. Probably the reference that offended the most was the one about the Hollwood Closet Members. An elite society and nobody is allowed to mess with them. The old story, Making a big thing out of a smaller (fill it in yourself). No offense but get real people. Life is one big joke.
He was awesome – JUST LOVED HIM – sometimes the truth hurts but we just have to laugh about it – Oh, like we didnt know about the things he was talking about – We dont live under a rock – we hear it everyday on the news and radio – Ricky, dont change – you make me laugh!
Ricky Gervais can do no wrong, he is a master of his craft. He makes me laugh every time and I like him just the way he is.
I'm amused to see there's a certain amount of animosity towards both Piers and Ricky Gervais which seems to be based solely on the fact that they aren't American. Yes, there is a difference between American and British humour: American humour has grown out of slapstick, Keystone cops, pie-in-the-face-type laughs, and British humour is indeed more biting, but that's because it comes from insightful, satiric observation of the human condition. And I think Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert would agree with me.... THEY are brilliant, btw. (insert Larry King laugh here: "ak, ak, ak!")
"It is truly upsetting to think that someone-especially someone you admire-won't end up in eternal Heaven. When you hear a Christian speak about this or offer to pray for someone, why don't non-believers just say "thank you"?"
because i am not going to thank you for pushing christian cult dogma on me. basically your cult teaches that if a person doesn't believe in your deity they will be in "hell" forever. i mean come on what do you expect? and "ministry" is just a word for "christian propaganda spreading".
Thanks!!! Pier for asking the right questions. I was offended by the CHRISTian joke at the end of the shows!! Thanks!!!
Oh My God...Enough of the Christian ranting Piers. Right on RICKY!!!!! The religious right in this country are THE LOUDEST. People with Ricky's view on religion are stifled in this country because if you speak your mind or tell neighbors you don't buy the religious stuff and all their malarchy, they will shoot you. Thank you for being honest Ricky. I believe in living and kind.
what watch is ricky wearing for this interview?
anyone know what watch ricky is wearing?
Piers I loveeeeeeeeeee your show, and oh "MY God" I love Ricky Gervais. Ricky made your show!
Keep up the good work Morgan. I got home just on time to see you.-thankssssssssssssss
Ricky Gervais says it is not his job to worry about what people think of him, and that's fine. What I would like to remind him is that it's not necessarily about him. When he takes a stand for his beliefs, no problem. But when he takes his stand by way of misrepresenting Christianity it's quite a different matter. He says doesn't believe in heaven therefore does not do good to others in order to get into heaven. What he doesn't seem to know is that Christianity is not about doing well to get into heaven. It's about believing in Jesus Christ and eternity in heavn. Doing good to others is an outcome not a condition for the former. And that's not a shove, it's just a call for mutual respect.
Loved the conversation with Ricky Gervais... very interesting and funny man. I like him even more – Thanks Piers!!!
HE said...he was ...a Theist!! man.. he's english they have bad american language..
a theist is one who believes in God, so of course he would thank him silly people..
his accent made it rough 4 ya guys..
:thank God I'm a Theist!
Lighten up Hollywood. Ricky was hilarious. Great Interview Piers!!!
Guest ... Ricky Gervais. This should be a good show – funny. Instead, you interigated him a-la 60 Minutes' Mike Wallace going after a mobster in the 1970s. What a waste of Gervais talent.
He made fun of the celebrities on the Globes, because that's what he promised in the commericals so that I, the TV audience, might want to see another BORING awards show. And he did get me to watch & the other celebs got into the same joking around behavior & I was entertained.
The hosts of American Award Shows are meant to entertain the "TV audience" not the people in the theater; otherwise the ratings would get so low that no Awards show would appear on TV & you could get Al Gore to host.
I thought he was great and I even wrote a big fan letter to him when I read that he actually felt a little bit insecure about his performance for a few moments:: http://alwayscapra.wordpress.com/2011/01/24/dear-ricky-gervais/
Over rated trash. Of course the same could be said of Piers Morgan so I guess it all averages out.
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