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Ricky Gervais’ most controversial Golden Globes jokes

Before his second stint as host of the Golden Globe Awards in 2011, comedian Ricky Gervais said, “I guarantee they will not invite me back.”

Well, the 2020 Golden Globes on Sunday marks Gervais’ fifth time as host — after 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016 — making him the most frequent ringmaster of award season’s famously drunken circus.

Gervais’ years have been defined by controversy, however, as the comic often bites the hand that feeds him, hounding beloved celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence and implying that the Globes’ voting group, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, is corrupt.

But it was Gervais’ killer instinct as the ceremony’s first host in 15 years that opened the door for later acclaimed hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to be vicious towards James Cameron and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Here are some of Gervais’ most notorious zingers at the Globes.