Gervais guts Gibson at the Globes
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.”