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Sunday 20 January 2019

Ross backs Ricky for slagging stars at Globes

Jonathan Ross has given the thumbs up to Ricky Gervais's performance at the Golden Globes -- but said that many of his jokes were "unnecessary".

Comic Gervais (49) sparked controversy after delivering a string of acerbic put-downs while hosting the US awards ceremony last month.

Ross (50) said he would not have made the Scientology jibe, in which the Office star referred to "two heterosexual actors pretending to be gay" in a film and then added: "Sort of the complete opposite of some famous Scientologists then."

But he said that Gervais's headline-grabbing jokes would actually have helped his career in the US.

Ross said: "It was kind of brave, but a lot of those jokes were kind of unnecessary. I definitely wouldn't have gone for the Scientology joke. But you have to remember Ricky's career doesn't depend on the Golden Globes.

"I'd say what he did will be good for him in America. Being a comedian is dependent on being brave and brutally truthful.

"I texted him to say well done. I couldn't have done that. Ricky has b***s of steel. I'm very glad it went well."

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