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Ricky Gervais and De Niro

'Golden' Controversies

1/17/2011 11:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ricky Gervais and Robert De Niro both talked their way into a firestorm at the "Golden Globes" last night ... after each attempted risky jokes that some consider downright offensive.

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Gervais' dig came while commenting on the movie, "I Love You Phillip Morris" -- when he said, "Two heterosexual actors pretending to be gay – which is the exact opposite of some famous Scientologists ... probably." Gervais added, "My lawyers helped me with the wording of that joke."

A short time later, De Niro left jaws hanging while thanking the Hollywood Foreign Press for his lifetime achievement award ... saying, "I'm sorry more members of the foreign press aren't with us tonight, but many were deported right before the show along with most of the waiters. And Javier Bardem."

So we gotta ask ...




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Jim in Cali    

I love De Niro but that comment is really in bad taste. I mean hey if people aren't here legally why shouldn't they be deported? What's the point of having laws then?


Ricky was bad too and it seemed he was muzzled after his opening act.

1342 days ago
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Rebecca    

Neither! It is what it is and I think both were hilarious!

1342 days ago
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JB    

Ok NOW! does everyone realize Ricky Gervais is as funny as cancer.

Who choses these people to be the hip new commedians honestly?

1342 days ago
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HarlotO'Hara    

Why can't we have NEITHER as an option?

1342 days ago
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Truth    

WOW, HARVEY IS EDITING SHIET ALREADY. JUST SAW 3 COMMENTS DISAPPEAR. FOR A GOSSIP WEB SITE THAT CLAIMS TO WANT THE BEHIND THE SCENES TRUTH YET DELETES POSTERS COMMENTS IS POT CALLING KETTLE... JUST LIKE HARVEY CALLING HIMSELF A LAWYER YET HAS BEEN LICENSED FOR YEARS. #LAME&EPICFAIL.

OH, THIS WILL BE DELETED TOO. *rolls eyes*

1342 days ago
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Truth    

MEANT "HASNT BEEN LICENSED"...

1342 days ago
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Sono    

I didn't think either of those was very funny or offensive...it probably explains why I never watch any of these idiotic award shows.

1342 days ago
8.

Pete    

Ricky Gervais is THE MAN!! He should be hosting every single awards show.

1342 days ago
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bobspice    

Gervais was fantastic throughout the night - he turned the whole event into a roast, which made it watchable for once.

And I'll take the criticisms of Gervais more seriously from someone who can spell comedian.

1342 days ago
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linusik    

Gervais made my day haha
And i don't think DeNiro intended his joke to be mean. I think it was blown out of proportion.

1342 days ago
11.

learnmachine    

John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Kevin Spacey... Already known gays!

Fake marriages. Kutcher.

Marriages under contract- Travolta, Cruise...

Fake relationship. Everyone that dates Rihanna-gay, Kristen Stewart-gay, Taylor Swift-not gay, but not innocent either, Ahsley Greene.

Known Philanthropists- De niro, Hanks, Tucci, Dicaprio...

That pretty much sums it up. That is Hollywood.

1342 days ago
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moonshake    

neither. Americans have got to lighten up. btw: Scientology is a dangerous cult so what's the harm in attacking THAT?

1342 days ago
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Dragonlaty    

NEITHER!! Who cares! Long awards shows need entertainment, and that is what we got. Leave them alone!

1342 days ago
14.

PatinNJ    

Both were great!

It is so cool to see people that have only yes-men around them get poked!

They all deserved it too, especially the scientologists, who later on advertised on a commercial during the show.

Downey Jr., come on, after all that he has done and is still a rich slob, he has no right to be "offended".

Bruce Willis has always been a walking joke too, he deserved that crack.

1342 days ago
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Mark    

Where's the button for "Not at all offensive"

1342 days ago
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