When the Hollywood Foreign Press Association invited Ricky Gervais back to the Golden Globes for his fourth hosting gig on Sunday night (Jan. 10), they definitely knew that the decision would be met with some controversy. After three years of relatively harmless fun with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, would the Hollywood crowd be ready for Gervais' harsh bite, or would we have another Robert Downey Jr. situation on our hands?
Well, from the looks of things, Gervais didn't give a flying (you-know-what) what any of those A-listers thought, being that he went after Caitlyn Jenner with a seemingly poorly received joke at the transgender activist's expense right from the get-go.
"I've changed, not as much as Bruce Jenner, obviously," Gervais said, referencing the fact that he planned to be a little bit nicer this year. He then added that Jenner showed "great bravery," but "didn't do a lot for women drivers."
Gervais used women as punch lines for a few of his jokes, going after Jennifer Lawrence's wage gap essay (the bit about plumbers and nurses protesting in the streets was actually pretty funny), all-female remakes like "Ghostbusters" (Hollywood loves them, because they "don't have to spend so much money on the cast"), and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (he said he got paid the same as the pair earned combined, but "that's their stupid fault" for splitting the loot).
His joke about Roman Polanski calling "Spotlight" the "best date movie ever" also received quite a few stifled groans, but overall, it's pretty safe to say that the Jenner joke is the one that will bring on the Internet think-pieces come Monday morning.