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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Celebs braced as Gervais plots Globes gig offensive

British comedian Ricky Gervais -- who upset some Hollywood stars with his biting wit as host of last year's Golden Globe Awards -- has promised his gig this year will not be toned down.

Gervais told NBC's Today morning news show that his third time hosting the Hollywood awards, which take place next weekend, would not be dull or censored despite criticism that his jokes last year were mean-spirited and fell flat with the audience of stars such as Robert Downey Jr and Angelina Jolie.

"I do it my way. I get final edit on everything," Gervais said. "And they don't know what I'm going to say. And they won't know what I'm going to say 'til I say it."

While the upcoming film and TV awards show is televised live, most of the jokes are written before the show.

Gervais again promised the gig at the Globes would be his last -- "the last time for awhile at least" -- and he downplayed last year's criticism. "I don't know what I did wrong really, what did I say that was untrue?" he said, citing a joke he made about Charlie Sheen and his wild partying and one about Downey's stint in jail.







Swagger

His stage personality, he said, is an inflated version of his real self. "The guy on stage is a lot brasher, more arrogant, more confident than me," he said before promising more of the same at the Globes. "I take a deep breath and go out with swagger... I might even really be drunk."

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