The comedian, who is presenting the ceremony for the third time today, has often caused controversy with his jokes in previous years. But Barry Adelman, the executive vice-president of television’s Dick Clark Productions
So the gloves are off. The producers know what Gervais does with his unique brand of acerbic wit, and they can’t wait to see what he will do at tonight’s Golden Globes 2012.
Some of the nominees, however, are less keen to see Ricky unleashed.
Golden Globe nominee Octavia Spencer said,
“I just think that we have to be mindful that we’re always talking about human beings. What you think is a joke may not be a joke to the person who is the intended. Mean-spirited things are not my cup of tea.”
Jessica Alba urged people to remember that host Gervais is a comedian and that he is poking fun and that it is not necessarily intended personally.
As she said,
“We play dress-up for a living, so at a certain point you can’t take yourself that seriously.”
Gervais recently admitted that he doesn’t care if he offends celebrities while hosting the Golden Globes. He doesn’t set out to insult people. He says he likes many of the Hollywood stars and has worked with lots of them.
Stressing that tonight’s hosting gig will have a similar flavor to last year’s Golden Globes, Gervais said,
“I’d rather they laugh than gasp, but I cherish the gasps along with the laughs.”
But he says his act is comedy with a conscience and he is confident he can justify every joke he makes.
The 69th annual Golden Globes airs on Sunday from 8pm EST/5pm PST on NBC. Will you tune in to see who Ricky Gervais upsets this year? Just let them thank God for their awards…