Ger­vais guts Gib­son at the Globes

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JES­SICA WE­IN­STEIN

Ger­vais on stage with hate-ranter Gib­son at the Golden Globes

NEWS THAT Mel Gib­son was to present an award at last week­end’s Golden Globes came as a shock to some, but host Ricky Ger­vais used the event to take a pot shot at the ac­tor over his his­tory of an­ti­semitic rants.

In 2010, Mr Ger­vais in­tro­duced Gib­son at the Emmy Awards and quipped: “He’s been through a lot. Not as much as the Jews.”

On Sun­day night, Mr Ger­vais pre­tended to be em­bar­rassed at com­ing face-to-face with Gib­son again.

“I blame NBC for this ter­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion,” he said. “Mel blames ... we know who Mel blames.

“A few years ago on this show, I made a joke about Mel Gib­son get­ting a bit drunk and say­ing a few un­savoury things,” he said.

“But I now find my­self in the awk­ward po­si­tion of hav­ing to in­tro­duce him again.

“Lis­ten, I’m sure it’s em­bar­rass­ing for both of us.”

Mr Ger­vais added: “I still feel re­ally bad about it [the Emmy Awards joke], Mel’s for­got­ten all about it ap­par­ently. That’s what drink­ing does.”

The Bri­tish co­me­dian closed the awards show with: “From my­self and Mel Gib­son, shalom.”


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