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Wednesday 26 November 2014

Jonathan Ross: Ricky Gervais overstepped the mark with Golden Globes jokes

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Jonathan Ross has given his verdict on Ricky Gervais's performance at the Golden Globes — saying many of his jokes were “unnecessary”.

Comic Gervais (49) sparked controversy after a string of acerbic put-downs while hosting the US awards ceremony last month.

Ross (50) said he would not have made the Scientology jibe, in which The Office star referred to “two heterosexual actors pretending to be gay” in a film and then added: “Sort of the opposite of some famous Scientologists then?”

Ross said: “It was kind of brave, but a lot of those jokes were kind of unnecessary. But you have to remember Ricky's career doesn't depend on the Golden Globes.

“What he did will be good for him in America. I texted to say well done. I couldn't have done that. I'm very glad it went well.”

Ross said the offensive broadcast that landed him and Russell Brand in hot water, after the pair left messages on actor Andrew Sachs's answerphone, could have been avoided.

He said: “I worried about it when me and Russell left the studio. We kept being told it was fine. I couldn't say this afterwards because the (BBC's) decision was made for me to say nothing, and I thought the thing to do was follow the rules. But Russell has since said this in his book. Neither of us wanted that to go out.”

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