Ricky Gervais has insisted he “didn’t kill” the Golden Globes.
The 62-year-old actor has anchored the ceremony five times since 2010, but this year the event was significantly scaled back, held online only and not televised amid controversy surrounding a lack of diversity within Hollywood. Foreign Press Association.
And despite outrage being sparked during his hospitality stays over his teasing of celebrity guests, the ‘After Life’ star insisted he had nothing to do with the fall of the ‘event.
He said, “It’s not my fault. Please clarify that it is not my fault. I didn’t kill the rewards.
“I loved doing the Golden Globes – it was three hours of my life once a year, although for a lot of people it’s what I’m most famous for.
“The last time I hosted it was two years ago and I feel like I’m in another era…when the worst thing that happened was I was insulting actors.”
The ‘Extras’ star admitted hosting the Globes was the ‘most nerve-wracking’ thing he’s ever done – which is why he enjoyed it so much.
He told Heat magazine: “It’s the most nerve-wracking thing I’ve ever done.
“It’s the only time I get an adrenaline rush or get nervous about things because I only get one chance.
“It’s like taking a penalty. I just have to score.
“All I care about is that I have to get this joke right. I don’t care what they think about it. I don’t care if I’m hated. I don’t care if I have to hide. I just have to tell this joke well.
“If I missed the joke – oh my god, I’ll never get over it.”