Ricky Gervais is known for “roasting” celebrities and went viral for the comments he made while hosting the Golden Globes. The comedian has accepted Will Smith’s slap in the face
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Ricky Gervais has spoken out for the first time about Will Smith’s slap and said he was NOT joking about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair loss.
The comedian – famous for “roasting” celebrities for hosting the Golden Globes – admitted he would have joked about Jada’s “boyfriend” instead.
Testing new material at a show in Highgate, north London, Gervais said: “I’ll get it out of the way. I don’t have any Will Smith material. I was trending when this happened and I wasn’t even there.
“What does that have to do with me? People were like, “What would have happened if Ricky Gervais had done it (hosting Oscars)?”
“Well, nothing, as I wouldn’t have made a joke about his wife’s hair. I would have made a joke about her boyfriend.”
Will and Jada made headlines in June 2020 when August Alsina claimed he was in a relationship with Jada, who later confirmed they had been in an “entanglement.”
The annual ceremony was thrown into chaos on Sunday night when Fresh Prince star Smith, 53, slammed host Chris Rock after the comic made a joke about his wife and her alopecia.
Rock had joked about Pinkett Smith’s buzzcut on stage, saying, “Jada, can’t wait for GI Jane 2.”
Many viewers were quick to draw parallels with Gervais, who regularly “roasted” celebs while hosting the Golden Globes five times.
And Gervais joked that he might rename his tour in honor of the Oscar spat.
“This new material will be for my new show called Armageddon. I could change that to alopecia,” he said.
Many celebrities have been the subject of Gervais’ jokes at the Globes, with clips being viewed millions of times on YouTube.
During Gervais’ opening monologue in 2020, he criticized the length of some of this year’s film nominees, including Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which runs nearly three hours.
“Leo DiCaprio was at the premiere (of ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’) and by the end his date was too old for him,” joked Gervais. “Even Prince Andrew says, ‘Come on mate’.”
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Mel Gibson was Gervais’ recurring victim. Before introducing the actor in 2010, Gervais stood behind the podium with a pint in hand and said: “Honestly, I like a drink as much as anyone. Unless the next man is Mel Gibson.”
Re-introducing Gibson in 2016, Gervais said he didn’t judge the actor in 2010. “Listen, I still feel a little bad about this,” he told the crowd. “Mel seems to have completely forgotten. That’s what drinking does.”
In 2011, Gervais poked fun at Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie for starring in the romantic thriller The Tourist.
“It seems like everything has been three-dimensional this year,” said Gervais. “Except for the characters in ‘The Tourist’.”
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When asked if he would consider hosting again, Gervais said in a recent interview: “It could be that the Golden Globes could offer me £10m for 10 minutes of work, you know, and I’d be an idiot I would be a liar to say I wouldn’t consider it.
“But for now, after doing it five times, it just got better and better for me — I enjoyed them all, but it got better — and I plan on never doing it again.”
Gervais has previously advocated making jokes about subjects deemed too taboo or daring.
He said: “People, especially with a comedian, if you’re joking about an issue, they immediately think you’re against it, not for it. I tried to explain this in Humanity.
“It’s an occupational hazard to be open. I think offense is the collateral damage of free speech and it’s no reason not to have free speech. That’s what I would say – it’s the lesser of two evils. Having freedom of speech and upsetting some people about it is the lesser of two evils, because not having freedom of speech is appalling.”
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