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Ricky Gervais: well . . . fired as host or not?

Host Ricky Gervais during the 68th Annual Golden

Host Ricky Gervais during the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Jan. 16, 2011) Credit: AP

Oh, Ricky Gervais, what are the Golden Globes going to do with you? There you were last night, pouring acid on the crowd and telling the HFPA president that he needed to be assisted off the toilet seat. Gervais disappeared for a bit, leading Twitter to near outage proportions as viewers wondered whether he had actually been fired during the show.

He was not, and if last night's national numbers hold up -- the Globes telecast could/should push past 17 million viewers -- then he'll be back.

Watch his monologue and offer your own assessment; I thought it was reasonably amusing. Certainly lines were pushed or erased, and the edge was much, much sharper than his 2010 performance (which most centered on bland jokes about "The Office.") But the overall point seemed fairly obvious: That Hollywood needs to take the Globes seriously for business/marketing reasons but would rather dust off the evening wear just once a year, for the Oscars. The Globes are a warm-up act, and many in that audience were well aware of a lawsuit filed by a former HFPA public relations official last week, charging all sorts of calumny at the Globes (that stars give voters stuff to vote for them, or take them on junkets . . .). If they didn't see the lawsuit, then they may have seen that "30 Rock" episode ...

Were his hits on target?

You be the judge . . .


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