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The Golden Globes Hated Ricky Gervais’ Performance So Much (He Claims) They Invited Him Back

The Golden Globes Hated Ricky Gervais’ Performance So Much (He Claims) They Invited Him Back (photo)

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We should all be as bad at our jobs as Ricky Gervais.

Cast your mind back. All the way back to mid-January 2011. British comedian, podcaster, filmmaker, and general mocker of celebrities hosted the Golden Globes for the second straight year and created a MEDIA FIRESTORM by making fun of the Hollywood elite the night was presumably arranged to celebrate (in one of his gentler remarks, he welcomed Bruce Willis to the stage by describing him as “Ashton Kutcher’s dad”). At the time, Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Philip Berk told The Hollywood Reporter Gervais “definitely crossed the line” and that “some of the things [he said] were totally unacceptable.” Supposedly, when asked if Gervais would be back shortly after the awards, Berk “tersely” replied, “No comment.”

Then Berk probably looked at the ratings for the show, saw the enormous amount of publicity Gervais’ monologue generated for the Globes — not to mention the enormous amount of attention he diverted from the Globes’ ongoing lawsuit — and realized if Gervais came back again it would create an EVEN BIGGER MEDIA FIRESTORM. And now, according to a diary published on Ricky Gervais’ site, the Globes have invited him back to host for a third year. It’s amazing how something as small as the potential for massive amounts of ad revenue can completely change your perspective on things.

So will Gervais return to the Globes and ignite THE BIGGEST MEDIA FIRESTORM IN HISTORY? “I don’t think I should,” he writes. “I don’t know what I could do better.” This is why I respect this guy. He’s clearly got enough eff you money from “The Office” to do exactly what he wants to do for the rest of his life. So he makes fascinatingly strange passion projects instead of sellout Hollywood blockbusters, and he does awards shows and makes fun of the very idea of awards shows. And now that he delivered one of the most memorable hosting gigs in awards show history, he’s done. Gotta respect that.

UPDATE (02/01/2011, 2:45 PM): TheWrap has an interview with Berk refuting Gervais’ comments. “There is no truth to this rumor. We have not asked him to come back,” says Berk. So, okay, somebody here saw “The Invention of Lying.”

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

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Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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