Comedian Ricky Gervais was not invited this year to the Oscars after roasting Hollywood stars at the 2020 Golden Globes. Instead, he epically trolled the event from afar on Twitter, taking aim at the celebrity self-love-fest.
Gervais is known for using his wit and caustic language to take on Hollywood. He became even more famous following his opening monologue at the 2020 Golden Globes where he slammed some of the biggest and brightest in Tinseltown. He also blasted the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Gervais has hosted the Golden Globes five times but never the Academy Awards.
The actor and comedian started out by questioning the 93rd Academy Awards on Twitter Sunday, asking why he wasn’t invited to the gala event: “It’s The Oscars tonight! I wasn’t invited,” he tweeted the following morning. “Was it something I said?”
During his 2020 Golden Globes monologue, Gervais knew it would be his last time hosting so he didn’t hold back. He snarked over Joe Pesci’s age and much more during the riff.
It’s The Oscars tonight! I wasn’t invited. Was it something I said? 😂 pic.twitter.com/P87Uau4D9u
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) April 25, 2021
When asked in 2020 what he’d be doing if he were hosting the awards, Gervais quipped: “It’s great to see such diversity in the room tonight. Rich sex pests of all shapes and sizes.”
He also wrote: “America! Binge-watch #AfterLife on @Netflix tonight. It’s about a man who realises that humanity is a disgusting, narcissistic plague, and so becomes angry & depressed and loses the will to live. ‘Or watch The Oscars instead and actually experience those feelings first hand.”
Gervais spoke at the Golden Globes concerning the host-less Oscars after Kevin Hart stepped down in 2019 following a number of offensive tweets surfacing. “Kevin Hart was fired from the Oscars because of some offensive tweets,” he said, before referencing himself: “Er, hello?”
He joked to a shocked audience of Hollywood elites concerning the year being inundated with “pedophile movies,” including “The Two Popes” in an apparent nod to the Catholic church’s sexual abuse scandal.
“I can’t wait to hear all your inspirational speeches about equality, and it’s great that the 3 hours you’re here tonight is the only time your badly paid migrant house staff will get some time off to sleep this week,” he said,
He didn’t stop there. the comic also called the show itself boring, stating that members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association “can barely speak English” and “are all very, very racist.”
Gervais went on to broach very politically incorrect topics such as Prince Andrew, ISIS, Jeffrey Epstein, and others. He slammed celebrities sitting right in front of him without a second thought. In fact, he apparently relished it.
“‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ — nearly three hours long. Leonardo DiCaprio attended the premiere and by the end, his date was too old for him,” Gervais kidded.
He concluded his bombastic monologue ripping Hollywood for their hypocrisy: “You say you’re woke,” Gervais intoned, “but the companies you work for are unbelievable. Apple, Amazon, Disney–If ISIS started a streaming service you’d call your agent, wouldn’t you?”
“So if you do win an award tonight don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. So if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your god and then f**k off.”
The monologue ensured that the comedian would never again be invited to host anything in Hollywood.
Gervais sent out that clip ahead of the 2021 Golden Globes just to poke everyone further on it. “Everyone can relax,” he offered. “Have a great night #GoldenGlobes.”
After being placed on a list of dream Oscar hosts in February, Gervais commented on Twitter: “That’s not a dream, it’s a nightmare.”
And while the Oscars sported a 10-ft. security fence to keep the public out this year while removing the homeless from sight, there was at least one poignant moment during the event when Director and producer Tyler Perry was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. He gave a stirring speech following the honor that condemned any form of hatred and he specifically mentioned the police. He also ironically addressed homelessness:
My mother taught me to refuse hate. She taught me to refuse blanket judgment. And in this time, with all of the internet and social media and algorithms and everything that wants us to think a certain way, the 24-hour news cycle, it is my hope that all of us would teach our kids, and I want to remember: just refuse hate. Don’t hate anybody.
I refuse to hate someone because they are Mexican or because they are Black or White. Or LBGTQ. I refuse to hate someone because they are a police officer. I refuse to hate someone because they are Asian. I would hope we would refuse hate.
And I want to take this Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and dedicate it to anyone who wants to stand in the middle. No matter what’s around the wall, stand in the middle. Because that’s where healing, that’s where conversation happens, that’s where change happens. It happens in the middle. So anyone who wants to meet me in the middle to refuse hate, to refuse blanket judgment, and to lift someone’s feet off the ground, this one is for you, too.
(Video Credit: ABC)
There seemed to be a lot more love for Gervais on Twitter than the Oscars:
Ricky Gervais was the greatest thing to happen to the #Oscars
— Nick Adams (@NickAdamsinUSA) April 26, 2021
Will Ricky Gervais be speaking at the Oscars tonight?
I don't think the elites got the point from the Golden Globes speech!
— Red Hat Pitbull 🇺🇸 2.0 (@Michael66312406) April 25, 2021
— Tim Fargo 😷💉 (@tim_fargo) April 25, 2021
The only way to stop declining ratings is to have Ricky Gervais host every time.
— St Spiman (@stspiman) April 19, 2021
Ricky Gervais, a legend. https://t.co/yWkOqFtGCm
— C.L.Monde (@CLMonde) April 26, 2021
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