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'Golden Globes:' Gervais says he gets 'final edit'

Ricky Gervais and his date arrive at the

Ricky Gervais and his date arrive at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Sunday, in Beverly Hills, California. (Jan. 16, 2011) Credit: Los Angeles Times / MCT

Interesting Matt Lauer interview with Ricky Gervais tomorrow on "Today" - which will also air on "Dateline" this Sunday - in which the latter tells the former that get has complete editorial control over what he says as host at the Golden Globes. Here's the relevant quote, and more: 

“I do it my way. I get final edit on everything. And everything I do turns out like I wanted… And they don't know what I'm gonna say. And they won't know what I'm gonna say till I say it.”

MATT LAUER: You are about to host the Golden Globe Awards. Have you done them before? (LAUGHTER)

RICKY GERVAIS: Yeah, this is my third time. And I remember telling you last time that-- I think both times -- I said I'm not gonna do it again, didn't I?


RICKY GERVAIS: Well, okay. The reason I did it in the first place --was I thought it'd be fun. Also a world audience of like 200 million people.

MATT LAUER: Was it fun the first time?

RICKY GERVAIS: It was, but I didn't quite nail it. I got it a bit wrong I think the first time. I tried too hard with the shtick, the comedy, and I should have just gone out there and done zingers, I think, because the attention span of someone at an award show, particularly the Golden Globe, is about a second. They're drinkin', they're talkin', they're seein' someone. You know, you've gotta grab their attention. It's not a great place for a comedian to play because they've got other things on their mind. They're there to see if they've won an award, but they don't wanna see this guy come out and telling jokes. Certainly not jokes at their expense.


MATT LAUER: When you're on stage, am I watching Ricky Gervais or am I watching a character that you've created who happens to share the same name?

RICKY GERVAIS: It depends. I think the audience are smart enough to know when I'm being ironic, when I'm playing the idiot, when I'm playing the fool, when I'm getting something wrong-- and when I'm down the line saying, "Isn't this terrible?" or, "Isn't this funny?" But-- it's a bit of both. The guy on stage is a lot brasher, more arrogant, more confident than me. I take a deep breath and go out with swagger, 'cause I think you need to trust a comedian. And by trust I mean not that he's just being honest or that he's a nice guy, but you're in safe hands. No one wants a comedian to go out there and apologize -- you've gotta go out and nail it. You're in a uniform. You know? You got to feel safe with this comedian.

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