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Ricky Gervais Goes for the Jugular In His Golden Globes Monologue

See highlights from his biting opening monologue

Liam Mathews

Hollywood was worried about what Ricky Gervais would say during his Golden Globes opening monologue, considering his history of pissing people off with his jokes. His 2016 speech didn't disappoint for tastelessness and satirical bite, taking aim at Caitlyn Jenner's legal troubles, the pay gap between men and women, and the insignificance of the awards themselves.

He came out carrying a glass of beer, immediately launching into taking the piss out of Hollywood. His first joke was the most topical, addressing actor Sean Penn's Rolling Stone interview with Mexican drug lord "El Chapo", which just came out yesterday.

"I want to do this monologue, then go into hiding. Not even Sean Penn will find me," Gervais, and then muttered, "snitch," referencing the fact that Penn inadvertently helped authorities catch El Chapo.

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He then took a shot at Golden Globes host network NBC, the only network with no nominations.

In perhaps the meanest section of his monologue, he said he's changed since the last time he hosted the Golden Globes, but not as much as Bruce Jenner. He joked that Caitlyn Jenner has done a lot for trans visibility, but "Didn't do a lot for women drivers," referencing Jenner's car crash that killed Kim Howe last February.

The joke that got the biggest laugh in the room was about how the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is a corrupt organization that can be paid off by studios to give awards to their shows, movies, and actors, a topic he addressed again at the end of his monologue.

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Next he joked that director & sexual predator Roman Polanski thinks Spotlight, a drama about child sexual abuse, is "the best date movie ever."

His last groaner was about how female-fronted reboots like Ghostbusters and Ocean's 11 are great for studio executives, because "they get guaranteed box office results and they don't have to spend a lot of money on the cast," sending up the pay gap in Hollywood addressed in Jennifer Lawrence's October essay ("how could a 25-year-old live on $52 million a year?").

All in all, it was too self-referential, as almost every joke mentioned how controversial and scary Ricky Gervais is, but many of the jokes were funny.

What do you think? Was he too mean, or was he just right?