Ricky Gervais didn't hold back in his jokes at the Golden Globes on Sunday. The comedian made wisecracks on everything from Scientology to Robert Downey Jr.
During the show, Gervais introduced Downey Jr. by giving a list of his recent successful film credits before ending with, "But many of you in this room probably know him best from such facilities as the Betty Ford Clinic and Los Angeles County Jail."
Robert Downey Jr. didn't take kindly to Gervais' joke. "Aside from the fact that it's been hugely mean-spirited with mildly sinister undertones, I'd say the vibe of the show has been pretty good so far, wouldn't you?"
Downey Jr. was not the only actor to use sarcasm to snap back at Gervais. When "Toy Story 3" costars Tom Hanks and Tim Allen presented, Hanks said, "We recall when Ricky Gervais was a slightly chubby but very kind comedian," and Allen responded, "Neither of which he is now."
A more playful interaction with Gervais occurred shortly after he introduced the American "Office" star, Steve Carell. The two have had a mock-feud stir up at a few award shows over the past few years. This year Gervais, who created the original version of "The Office" in England and is an executive producer on the American version, teased Carell for leaving the show this season saying Carell was "'killing a cash cow for both of us!'' Carell then shoved Gervais on stage when he came out to present with Tina Fey.
Not everyone was miffed at Gervais' wisecracks. "The Big Bang Theory" star and Golden Globe winner Jim Parsons told The Hollywood Reporter, "He started with a bang and went right for the jugular. It was great! I thought he was really funny."
Al Pacino told the industry paper, "He's a comic, so he's going to go for it. He's letting it go. The only thing he can really get to is his own wit. He has to censor himself."
Gervais' jokes paid off slightly for NBC in ratings. This year's Golden Globes averaged 16.99 million viewers, up five percent from last year's show, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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