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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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211.

Dave     

I thought both were funny... relax Hollywood... what you can't take a joke. Robn Williams, Eddie Murphy, all stand up comedians make fun of all races, and sexual preferences... I mean if you can't laugh at yourself... then WTF... I would have loved to have been there and him rip into me.... It's just jokes.... RELAX !!!

1375 days ago
212.

Donna    

I thought Gervais was great. He made what tends to be a stuffy formal event much more fun.

DeNiro isn't a comedian, and wasn't in an MC psition. His remarks seemed out of place for the honor he was receiving.

1375 days ago
213.

tray117    

Those giant egos all need to be taken down a peg. So what, they get insulted? They're still going to live a life average Joe's will NEVER have. They need to get over themselves.

1375 days ago
214.

LLPR    

Deniro and Pacino almost brothers Grace Baine picks Al Pacino and he wins for " you dont know jack" she may be joining his new Mary mother of christ cast see http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1140761/ google search her Grace Baine and mother nature in peril
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeZadj2zuSA
tune in to http://www.gracebainetv.com for golden globe moments

1375 days ago
215.

yomama    

people need to learn to laugh at themselves.

1375 days ago
216.

Sincerity    

It's never a good idea to offend the people who hire you! The HFPA is dependent upon celebrity patronage of their awards show in order to get sponsors to pay for its production. 2010 wasn't a good year for many celebrities and they didn't appreciate being reminded of their personal issues and less than stellar box office receipts. Robert Downey, Jr. tried throwing Mr. Gervais a "hint" and he disregarded it. Publicly airing his displeasure with Steve Carell's decision to leave "The Office" was tacky. The toes Mr. Gervais stepped on are attached to the "same azzes he may have to kiss" in order to remain successful in Hollywood. It doesn't take a "rocket scientist" to figure that out!!!

1375 days ago
217.

Chun LI    

Ricky was GREAT.Bring him back.Hollywood,you s*ck if you can't take a joke.

1375 days ago
218.

Law abiding American    

That was one of the best shows, usually they are boring and kiss ass type, Gervis and DeNiro were both fab. I guess the truth hurts. There was nothing offensive about either u see Gervis was being funny and he was and DeNiro was being funny and truthful which he was. So Hollywood get over urself and join the real world u bunch of spoiled brats

1375 days ago
219.

marknyc    

De Niro can say whatever he likes, Gervais is a nobody, so he can't. De Niro can and Gervais can't. simple like that

1375 days ago
220.

AS    

Gervais's comedy is basically offensive, that's his hook. But he just went waaaaaay too far over the line last night. AND from what I am hearing, he probably just increased his fan base because of it. He was just too much for prime time television.

And De Niro, fire your effing writers! I really thought there would be something more genuine coming out of your mouth. Imagine if this were on HBO...WOW, now that would be a show...

So far this year, the awards shows have all sucked. None have done well. Queen Latifah should go into hiding after the Peoples Choice Awards...The Globes...It was a crappy show altogether. Fire the fricking writers and who ever else was in charge...Blah!!

The saving grace last night for me was to see the classiest act of all, Michael Douglas. That was really awesome!

1375 days ago
221.

DOROTHY    

De Niro, was probably trying to toss back some of those jokes that have been tossed at him through the years. Is De Niro married??? I think so...Hmmmmm....Sometime you give as good as you get..Do not make it right though..

1375 days ago
222.

JoshStevenGray    

None of them were offensive, they were funny, that is what entertainers do!!! Anyone that is offended needs to relax.

1375 days ago
223.

Onalee    

~ Third Choice ~ NEITHER!!!!!!!!

1375 days ago
224.

red    

I kept watching because of Ricky Gervais. Hilarious that he took the p iss out of the self-proclaimed elite. He didn't say a thing that isn't public knowledge.

1375 days ago
225.

Baylee13    

I am in agreement with the majority of you on here. It is okay for celebrities to say anything they want about anyone or any topic they want, however as soon as it turns in their direction they are all offended. It is called life and sometimes it just sucks!

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