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Ricky Gervais’ Joke About Female Directors Gets Very Few Laughs at Golden Globes 2020

Ricky Gervais made a joke about the lack of female directors nominated at the 2020 Golden Globes – and it didn’t quite land.

The joke came as the host introduced the next category, Best Director, which made headlines for its complete lack of female nominees since they were first announced.

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“A lot of controversy over our next category: no female directors were nominated this year. That’s bad,” he said.

“I’ve had a word with the HFPA and they have guaranteed this will never happen again. Working with all the major studios, [the HFPA has] agreed to go back to the way things were when they didn’t hire women directors. That will solve the problem. You’re welcome.”

There were virtually no laughs in the crowd.

“The lack of women-directors in the industry is no joke. ‘The top 100 films of 2019 were helmed by a total of 113 directors, 89.4 percent of whom were male and 10.6 percent of whom were female,’” Women in Hollywood’s Melissa Silverstein tweeted immediately after.

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Jonathan Pryce Doesn’t Seem Amused by Ricky Gervais’ ‘Two Popes’ Joke at Golden Globes 2020

Ricky Gervais made plenty of jokes at Hollywood’s expense at the 2020 Golden Globes – although not everyone necessarily seemed to be laughing.

At a point early into the ceremony on Sunday night (January 5), the evening’s host began joking about Ronan Farrow coming for people in the audience following the #MeToo movement.

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“Look, talking of all you perverts, it was a big year for pedophile movies: Surviving R. Kelly, Leaving Neverland, Two Popes,” he joked.

“Shut up, shut up, I don’t care,” he added as the crowd laughed and groaned, with the camera panning to Jonathan Pryce, who plays Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the future Pope Francis in the film.

Jonathan smiled at the host, but did not laugh along as Ricky moved onto his next topic.

“Many talented people of color were snubbed in major categories unfortunately there’s nothing we can do about that. The Hollywood Foreign Press are all very, very racist, so…” Ricky went on to say, continuing to elicit laughter and shocked responses.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Laughs at Ricky Gervais' Joke About His Dating Life at Golden Globes 2020

Leonardo DiCaprio was roasted by Ricky Gervais during his opening monologue at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards on Sunday (January 5) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Luckily, Leonardo was a great sport about it and laughed it off!

During his monologue, Ricky began talking about the length of movies and noted how Leonardo‘s film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was quite long. “Leonardo DiCaprio attended the premiere, and by the end, his date was too old for him,” Ricky said.

Leonardo laughed after this joke. If you don’t know, Leonardo is currently dating Camila Morrone, who is 22 years old.

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Ricky Gervais Flashes Big Grin Ahead of Golden Globes 2020 Hosting Duties!

Ricky Gervais can’t contain his excitement ahead of the 2020 Golden Globe Awards!

The 58-year-old comedian was joined by his wife Jane Fallon at the event held on Sunday (January 5) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Ricky is hosting the ceremony for the fifth time, and he says it will also be the last.

Make sure to tune in to the show at 8pm ET/5pm PT on NBC, and if you missed it, check out the Golden Globes drinking game Ricky Gervais came up with!

READ MORE: Ricky Gervais Regrets Making Joke About This Celebrity During Past Golden Globes Hosting Gig

FYI: Ricky is wearing Paul Smith. Jane is wearing Dries Van Noten.

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Pierce Brosnan Joins Sons Dylan & Paris For Golden Globes Red Carpet Roll Out

Pierce Brosnan stands between his sons, Dylan and Paris Brosnan at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards Preview Day held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday afternoon (January 3) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 66-year-old actor joined his sons for the official roll out of the red carpet for the ceremony, which takes place this weekend.

Dylan and Paris below are pictured with host Ricky Gervais and the creative team for the roll out.

Late last year, Dylan and Paris were announced as the ambassadors for the award show, which is the first time the position will be held by two brothers.

Tune into the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night (January 5) at 8pm ET/5pm PT on NBC.

10+ pictures inside of Pierce Brosnan at the Golden Globes red carpet rollout with sons Dylan and Paris

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Ricky Gervais Regrets Making Joke About This Celebrity During Past Golden Globes Hosting Gig

Golden Globes 2020 host Ricky Gervais is on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter‘s brand new issue.

Here’s what he had to share with the mag…

On who is in his firing line at this year’s Golden Globes: Well, I don’t think this time [any] individuals are. I think I’ll go after the general community. I’d go after cinema and I’d go after television and I’d go after actors and I’ll go after pretension and hypocrisy. You know what I mean? I’d go after those big, nebulous things where they can all feel I’m not picking on any one person. I’m never going to point to someone and say, “You had a bad year, mate,” you know?”

On whether he’s ever regretted anything he’s said about anyone: Yeah, [a joke about] Tim Allen [when he presented with Tom Hanks at the 2011 Golden Globes]. Because I think he took it wrong…I’m teasing Tim Allen. But anyone standing next to Tom Hanks, unless it’s Dustin Hoffman or Robert Redford or Robert De Niro, that could be me. But it happened to be Tim Allen. And I have nothing against Tim Allen. He’s a good actor. He’s probably a nice bloke. So even though there’s no malice and I can justify it comedically and everyone laughed, I didn’t want Tim Allen to think, ‘Oh, that was written for me. Why me?’ Well, because you were standing next to Tom Hanks.” You can watch the joke here.

On whether they pay a lot of money for hosting the Globes: “Yeah, of course, but that’s not why I do it. I’ve got enough f*cking money. I said to my agent, “I won’t do for money anything I wouldn’t do for free.” He went, “Please don’t say that ever again.”

For more from Ricky, visit HollywoodReporter.com.

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