Ricky Gervais has 'specific targets' planned for the Golden Globes
Ricky Gervais is gearing up to host his third Golden Globe Award ceremony on January 15 and has his "targets" in his cross-hairs.
I have specific targets, but targets is a word I wouldn't use -- [they're] subjects," Gervais told reporters at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, TV Line reports. "I'm going to do a monologue about the year and then [ding] six or seven people...like I did last year."
The British funnyman raised many eyebrows at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards after lampooning several A-listers with jabs that were thought to be a bit harsh.
"I don't have anything against anyone in the room; they're just gags," Gervais continued. "I'm not trying to hurt anyone's feelings. I'm a comedian. I'd rather they laugh than gasp, but I cherish the gasps along with the laughs."
Any offense caused was obviously not enough to prevent the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which organizes the annual event, to invite him back to host the 69th Golden Globe Awards.
Gervais agreed that the "backlash" was much ado about nothing and told reporters, "I don't know who was really outraged... I stand by every joke I did last year. I don't care what people think."
"Just told Billy Crystal he'd better not use any of my holocaust or pedophile material at The Oscars," the 50-year-old comedian and actor later Tweeted, alongside a photo of the two. "He agreed (true)."
Crystal, 63, was recently named as the host of the 2012 Oscars, marking his ninth stint.
Many viewers felt Gervais' jokes during the 2011 Golden Globes were too mean. However, ratings for the annual telecast increased. The show drew nearly 17 million viewers - slightly more than the year before.
During the 2011 ceremony, 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."
Downey Jr. didn't take kindly to Gervais' joke, saying: "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?"
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." Allen responded, "Neither of which he is now."
Gervais, co-creator and star of the original UK version of the series "The Office," had told Heat magazine earlier this year that he was asked to consider hosting the Golden Globes, which honors achievements in film and television, for the third time.
The comedian has been busy promoting his upcoming HBO mocumentary series "Life's Too Short," which stars Warwick Davis of "Willow" and the "Harry Potter" films.