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Ricky Gervais too mean for thin-skinned celebs?

Host Ricky Gervais speaks at the 68th annual Golden Globes Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 16, 2011.


Mission accomplished: After a wickedly caustic performance, it looks like British comedian Ricky Gervais will not be hosting the Golden Globes for a third time.

The British comedian said he has not been offered an invitation to host the awards again, quipping, "That's ominous, isn't it?"

Several celebrities complained about Mr. Gervais' acerbic jibes, including Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Robert Downey Jr. - who described the evening as "mean-spirited, with mildly sinister undertones."

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Mr. Gervais introduced Mr. Downey Jr. by listing his lauded films, before adding, "But many of you in this room probably know him best from such facilities as the Betty Ford Clinic and Los Angeles County Jail."

"We can recall back when Ricky Gervais was a slightly chubby but very kind comedian," Mr. Hanks joked.

Mr. Gervais mocked the Angelina Jolie/Johnny Depp flop The Tourist as well as Charlie Sheen, who annihilated his hotel room while a porn star hid in a "cupboard" - all this on a Monday, Mr. Gervais noted.

He also derided the leathery stars of Sex & the City 2:

"I was sure the Golden Globe for special effects would go to the team that airbrushed the poster. Girls, we know how old you are. I saw one of you in an episode of Bonanza."

Earlier this month, Mr. Gervais had warned he would come out with "guns blazing, like it's the end of the world."

Some suspect The Office creator was disciplined during the show, when he vanished for an hour in the middle of the broadcast. The Twitterati wondered where he'd disappeared to, and some even went so far as to start an #RIPRickyGervais hashtag. The comedian returned with a more subdued tone, and was no longer wearing his jacket.

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Mr. Gervais maintains he delivered all of his lines as scheduled.

Some celebs loved it: Alec Baldwin wiped tears from his eyes while Robert De Niro cackled at a particularly vile Hugh Hefner joke. This morning, CNN host Piers Morgan tweeted this pearl of wisdom: "Complaining that Ricky Gervais was too rude is like inviting a shark to your pool & moaning when it bites the kids."

It's not the first meanie backlash in Hollywood. The last culprit was Armond White, a notoriously vicious film critic who made Annette Bening cry and scold ruthless writers at this year's New York Film Critics Circle Awards, which Mr. White chaired.

Known for dissing popular favourites, the critic insinuated that Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky is racist - and that Blue Valentine star Michelle Williams sucks. He was hardly "the Don Rickles of film criticism," one attendee told Gawker.

At least Mr. Gervais was funny. As for what we have in store if the Hollywood Foreign Press Association ever invites him to host again, the comedian promised, "I'll go [expletive]mental."

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