Globes ratings up & HFPA not down on Ricky Gervais

This year’s Golden Globes didn’t have the benefit of blockbusters like last year’s “Avatar” and “The Hangover” in the mix but still managed to attract a similar-sized audience of 17 million to Sunday’s show.  While the desired demo of viewers under 49 slipped slightly, the Peacock net should be proud of its promotional efforts.

And it seems that the HFPA is pleased with, if not proud of, the work of returning host Ricky Gervais. The organization issued the following statement:

We loved the show. It was a lot of fun and obviously has a lot of people talking. When you hire a comedian like Ricky Gervais, one expects in your face, sometimes outrageous material. Certainly, in this case, he pushed the envelope and occasionally went too far. The HFPA would never condone some of his personal remarks. Overall, however, the show was among the best we’ve ever had and we were pleased.

And, for his part, Gervais had the following to say about the reaction to his ribald humor:

I did every single introduction I was meant to. There just happened to be a long gap. This is because I was allowed to choose who I would introduce in advance. I obviously chose presenters who I had the best jokes for. (And who I knew had a good sense of humour). Everyone took it well and the atmosphere backstage and at the after show was great.

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