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January 21st, 2011
10:17 AM ET

Clips From Last Night: Gervais talks atheism, addiction and not apologizing

Last night's fourth episode of "Piers Morgan Tonight" was a lengthy discussion with comedian Ricky Gervais, exclusively speaking about his Golden Globes hosting experience (and the subsequent reaction).

In the above clip, Gervais describes his take on atheism and religion, and whether his jokes are meant to make fun of those who are religious. Below, find more clips from the premiere:

Gervais isn't sorry for anything he said at the Golden Globes – and is not going to apologize:

...but are those celebrities who have addictions off limits?

• Earlier: Gervais reveals exclusive details about his upcoming "Office" cameo.

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    January 21, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • AMANDA


      January 21, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • James

      What you chaps in America need to ask yourselves is "why is Piers in the US?" The answer may have something to do with the fact that he was widely regarded as obnoxious, unintelligent and with no moral soul. He edited a tabloid newspaper, and even had to resign from that for faking a news scam involving British troops in the Iraq war.

      January 24, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Susan

        PLEASE take him back!

        January 24, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Victoria

    Ricky Gervais is a genius. He's brilliant. This was a fantastic interview! Wonderful. Lovely. Hilarious. Loved it!

    January 21, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • qtmommynyc

      Agree w/Victoria. Absolutely LOVED the Ricky Gervais interview & LOVE Pierse MOrgan! Actually more than Larry King :/

      January 23, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. CraigB

    I was ambivalent to Piers prior to him getting this gig and I was impressed. I thought he asked poignant, probing questions, which is all I want from an interviewer. So I'd consider watching him again IF...he would just stop interrupting. My God, every time Gervais would delve in to an answer and start to get witty, which is what I wanted to see and hear, Piers would cut him off or throw out a question that redirected the conversation. My advice, ask the question, shut up and listen and you'll have more viewers.

    January 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ann

      Exactly! Piers does a great job soliciting a response and then for some reason feels compelled to sidetrack the answer midstream. I've really enjoyed every interview this week, but that is becoming a recurring theme with him, so I hope he takes your advice!

      January 22, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Beth

    Ricky Gervais was the best thing that ever happened to the golde globes!! I don't understand why anyone is noo-hooing snout his hosting. If these celebrites can't laugh at themselves, don't provide talented comidians the material

    January 21, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. sue carney

    enjoyed Oprah of course, Condeleeza Rice was really interesting, us Brits dont realise the struggle these women have, we are so lucky with our freedoms!

    January 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. ronnierocket

    Reflecting on the Golden Globes, I think that the brilliant host Ricky Gervais should have roasted Hollywood even more!!/ronnierocket/status/28535497806577665

    January 21, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Vriki Yiaco Coe

    This was a fantastic interview!

    January 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Laughing in Florida

    No one wants to see a taped show.

    January 21, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Rick

    No one likes to be interrupted. Please stop.

    January 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Susan

    Is anyone from CNN monitoring these comments? If so, do you see a theme here? Most everyone would like Piers to stop interrupting. Would someone please let him know????

    January 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jayden

      If he doesn't interrupt.. it wouldn't be a show.. Imagine the host just sits tthere and the guest just keeps on blabbering on.. that wouldn't be fun now would it..

      January 21, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Susan

        Interrupting a guest mid-sentence while they're answering a question is RUDE. Smart interviewers know how to keep the conversationl lively and know how it's done properly and with class and they know it's NOT done by interrupting. That's not what SMART interviewers do. There's an art to interviewing and it's not just sitting there and letting a guest 'blabber'. But you are right about one thing – Piers interviewing style is not fun. The interrupting is annoying.

        January 22, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. Juliet

    Ricky Gervais is bad news... looking forward to seeing dreamy George

    January 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Shamela

    There is nothing clever or creative about Gervais' humor. He reminds me of a 6 year-old in the playground making fun of the other kids just to get attention. But what really put him over the edge was when he insisted he has to insult others to be true to himself and spread the truth. WHAT???? Piers was disappointing in that he didn't challenge Gervais as he was making these ridiculis comments. Wake up Piers.

    January 21, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • GaryE

      I have to agree with Shamela. And this is what TOTALLY bothers me about RG's appearance on the Golden Globes. What he did as 'humor' is exactly what we are asking our children NOT to do to each other. It comes across as bullying. Sure it was done in fun. That's exactly what the kids say when one of the bullied kids hurt or kill themselves. We DON'T need to set a bad example.

      January 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Michelle

    Piers, Please change your background; it hurts viewers eyesight. Would love to watch your show but the background is killing our eyes. How about a solid blue background or something like Larry King had. It is really bad!!!!

    January 21, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Theresa

    What were you thinking replacing Larry King with someone who comes across as dry and unemotional. Larry is a legend and so anyone who replaces him has a long road but Piers is just so caring no genuine interest in the guest....I could always tell that Larry was genuinely interested.....I can't tell if Piers is breathing!

    January 21, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Mike

    The Ricky Gervais interview was the first I've watched of Piers and I thought it was GREAT. Very relaxed and interesting. To the person who didn't like the background I thought it looked great in HD. All around good show I'll be back for it.

    January 22, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Kewpie

    It's time you press the buzzer on Morgan's show.

    January 22, 2011 at 2:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Susan


      January 22, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Barb Paris

    Ricky Gervais is a brilliant comedian. He needs make no apologies for his performance at the Golden Globes, he was funny and entertaining. That's why he was hired. I doubt that any of his so called "victims" were truly offended, it's more like their peers telling them they ought to be;; and only then because the complainers were the ones he didn't talk about! Piers Morgan has some TV wrinkles to work out but so far, so good!

    January 22, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • susan

      Ricky Gervais is the best thing that has ever happend to the Golden Globes. And the Hollywood Foreign Press knows it.

      January 22, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  18. MC Lawrence

    Great first week Mr. Morgan... Cheers 🙂

    January 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. BettyH

    Two Brits talking does not always translate to American TV.
    Gervais said he weighed 14 stone and Piers just smiled and forgot he wasn't in Britain.. He should have said that a stone equal 14 pounds, so Americans would know what Gervais meant.

    January 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Eunice

    I really have enjoyed the show from begining to now especially the one with Oprah Winfrey and Ricky Gervais. Though i was not so happy about his comments about atheism. On the whole it was a good week

    January 24, 2011 at 6:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  21. hal lewis

    Ricky is ok. I think very funny, in fact. But Piers is as much of a suck-up as old fart Larry. No improvement. I can't stand Piers.

    January 24, 2011 at 7:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  22. James Harrison

    I found that Piers did a great job in the questions that he asked and the way he represents himself is refreshing in this obnoxious media world. Regarding the misguidance of Ricky Gervais' and his spiritual misunderstanding with God there is an interesting article at that breaks down his misguidance to the American public.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse | Reply

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