Philip Berk, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which runs the Golden Globe awards, told the Hollywood Reporter that host Ricky Gervais "definitely crossed the line. And some of the things were totally unacceptable. But that's Ricky." Also, "any of the references to individuals is certainly not something the Hollywood Foreign Press condones." In other words, this isn't a Dean Martin Celebrity Roast. So what exactly did he say?
For starters, Gervais opened fire on Charlie Sheen for his recent antics. And after rattling off all the sordid details, he pointed out "that was a Monday. What does he do [on] New Year's Eve?" He ripped into The Tourist, then admitted that, in fact, he hasn't actually seen the film, adding, "Who has?" Gervais then jokingly dispels a rumor that journalists were wined and dined on a Tourist press junket, saying that seeing Cher in concert for free is not exactly a bribe. (Gervais said he would not have gone to see Cher "because it's not 1975.") He then tore into Sex and the City 2 ("Girls, we know how old you are").
But perhaps the one joke that was highly verboten was the one about Scientologists. (Here is the link to the entire monologue.) This was followed by hits on Hugh Hefner (a rather graphic one at that) and Mel Gibson.
While some actors seemed offended, others looked to be in stitches. And still others were probably not sure if it was okay to laugh—such as that one-liner about Scientologists. (HFPA president Philip Berk must have been particularly irate since Gervais joked about having to "help him off the toilet and pop his teeth in.")
"I warned 'em," Gervais quipped at one point. Indeed, he did—after all, he hosted last year's Golden Globes. And he did say some bizarre things during the show, including his very last line, in which he thanked God he was an atheist. But Gervais has been in the business of making fun of others as long as he's been making fun of himself. To wit, this clip from The Office, in which he tries to desperately show up his superior by showing off his own dance skills ("I sort of fused Flashdance with MC Hammer s—t").