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Ricky Gervais Hosts Golden Globes for the 5th Time

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There are some comedians despite their mainstream success are just not funny to everyone. I would say Ricky Gervais is one of the most controversial Golden Globes hosts in recent history. Imagine an awards show host who makes jokes about the people being honored, insults the organization (that hired him) behind the show, and manages to turn a celebratory and self-serving event into a mini roast.

So why would the Hollywood Foreign Press Association asked the acerbic comic to return for the fifth time? Ratings. This all comes down to getting TV eyeballs and social media buzz. Basically every TV award shows are struggling to get people to tune in. It’s not hard to image the show producers sitting around the their conference table and say …“Let’s get a seemingly unpredictable (and mean) host shoot off a few controversial jokes to generate some interest and excitement.”

Just look at the NBC promo for 77th annual Golden Globes features Gervais spraying the cameras with champagne as a narrator promises, “As usual, we have no idea what he’s going to do!”

On a recent episode of The Graham Norton Show, Gervais revealed that the producers really don’t know what he’s going to do. When Norton asked about whether they approve Gervais' script, the comic explained, “When I do [the show], I say, ‘I’m gonna say what I want, I don’t have to rehearse,’ and they say, ‘That’s fine.’ But I do have to tell a lawyer [the jokes] just before I go on.” Norton said, “People ask, ‘Why do you go to so much trouble to offend people?’ to which Gervais laughingly replied, "It’s no trouble. It’s easy.”

So what should people at home expect to see? Here’s a quick recap of Gervais most controversial, offensive, biting, occasionally hilarious and downright brutal jokes from his four previous appearances.

In 2010 Gervais was tapped to host after the awards show had gone without a host of nearly six decades. No expectations or an understanding of what was about to befall one of Hollywood’s most fun evenings – Gervais hit the stage and truly shocked everyone with his brand of take-no-prisoners comedy.

Totally unafraid of mocking celebrities right to their face, Gervais brought the same kind of biting, often painfully awkward, fearless comedic sensibilities to the ceremony that he pioneered in his sitcoms The Office and Extras. And, honestly, a lot of people weren’t down with it.

Gervais Kicks Things Off With Genital Humor

“Looking at all the wonderful faces here today reminds me of the great work that’s been done this year – by cosmetic surgeons,” Gervais joked. “I’ve had some work done, too. I’ve had a penis reduction. Just got the one now. And it is very tiny. But then so are my hands, so when I’m holding it it looks pretty big.”

He Pokes Fun at Anglina Jolie’s Adoptions

“Actors aren’t just loved here in Hollywood, they are loved the world over. You could be in the third world and get a glimpse of a Hollywood star and it could make you feel a little bit better,“ Gervais said. "You could be a little Asian child with no possessions and no money. But you could see a picture of Angelina Jolie and you’d think, ‘Mommy!’”

He Starts His Public Comedic Feud With Mel Gibson

“I hope I haven’t offended anyone. It’s not my fault,” Gervais said toward the end of the show, holding up his glass of beer. “I like a drink as much as the next man. Unless the next man is Mel Gibson.”

In 2011

Gervais Takes Aim at Scientology

“Also not nominated, I Love You Phillip Morris. Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, two heterosexual actors pretending to be gay. So the complete opposite of some famous Scientologists, then,“ Gervais quipped, adding, "My lawyers helped with that joke.”

He Takes On Charlie Sheen

“It’s going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking – or, as Charlie Sheen calls it, breakfast.” Gervais said. “Wow, so let’s get this straight, so what he did was, he picked up a porn star, paid her to have dinner with him, introduced her to his ex-wife – as you do – went to a hotel, got drunk, got naked, trashed the place while she was locked in a cupboard, and that was a Monday. What does he do New Year’s Eve?”

Gervais Mocks Hugh Hefner’s Marriage

“Talking of the walking dead, congratulations to Hugh Hefner, who is getting married at age 84 to 24-year-old beauty Crystal Harris,” Gervais said. “When asked why she was marrying him, she said, ‘He lied about his age. He told me he was 94.’”

He Rips Into The Tourist, Accuses HFPA of Taking Bribes

“It was a big year for 3-D movies. Toy Story, Despicable Me, Tron. It seemed like everything this year was three-dimensional. Except the characters in The Tourist,” Gervais siad. “I already feel bad about that joke. I tell you what, I’m jumping on the bandwagon, because I haven’t even seen The Tourist. Who has? But it must be good because it’s nominated, so shut up, OK?”

“And I’d like to crush this ridiculous rumor that the only reason The Tourist was nominated was so that the foreign press of could hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie,” he added. “That was not the only reason – they also accepted bribes.”

He Goes After the Women of Sex In The City

“There were a lot of big films that didn’t get nominated this year. Nothing for Sex and the City 2. No, I was sure the Golden Globe for special effects would go to the team that airbrushed that poster. Great job,” Gervais said. “Girls, we know how old you are. I saw one of you in an episode of Bonanza.”

In 2012

Gervais Goes After Royal Families, The Oscars and Eddie Murphy All At Once

“For any of you who don’t know, the Golden Globes are just like the Oscars, but without all that esteem,” Gervais joked. “The Golden Globes are to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton: A bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker and more easily bought – allegedly. Nothing’s been proved.”

“But who needs the Oscars? Not me. And not Eddie Murphy,” Gervais continued. “He walked out on them. And good for him! But when the man who said ‘yes’ to Norbit says ‘no’ to you, you know you’re in trouble.”

He Pokes Fun at Natalie Portman’s Decision to Be a Mom

“Last year, our next presenter won both the Golden Globe and the Oscar for her work in Black Swan. This year, she took some time out to have a baby. Consequently, she’s been nominated for nothing. Really pathetic,” Gervais joked. “But she learned that valuable lesson you all already knew – never put family first. Please welcome the very foolish Natalie Portman.”

He Also Attacked Hollywood’s Sweetheart Colin Firth

“He’s also swooned over by women. I don’t see it. Good luck to him. … What you don’t know about Colin Firth is he’s very racist. I mean, really nasty stuff. I’ve also seen him punch a little blind kitten,“ Gervais deadpanned. "Please welcome the evil Colin Firth.”

Finally, in 2016

Gervais Sets the Tone Right Off the Bat

The comedian kicked things off with exactly the kind of satirical abuse people expected, amped up to 11, telling the star-studded audience, “Shh. Shut up, you disgusting, pill-popping, sexually deviant scum.”

Gervais Jokes About Caitlyn Jenner’s Transition and a Fatal Car Accident

“I’m going to be nice tonight. I’ve changed – not as much as Bruce Jenner. Obviously. Now Caitlyn Jenner, of course,” Gervais said. “What a year she’s had! She became a role model for trans-people everywhere, showing great bravery in breaking down barriers and destroying stereotypes. She didn’t do a lot for women drivers. But you can’t have everything, can ya? Not at the same time.”

He Makes Light of Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal and Roman Polanski

“The excellent Spotlight has been nominated. Yeah. The Catholic Church are furious about the film as it exposes that 5 percent of all their priests have repeatedly molested children and been allowed to continue to work without punishment,” Gervais explained. “Roman Polanski called it ‘the best date movie ever.’”

Gervais Makes a Good Point About the Gender-Based Pay Gap In Hollywood

“All-female remakes are the big thing. There’s a female remake of Ghostbusters. There’s going to be a female remake of Ocean’s 11,” Gervais explained. “And this is brilliant for the studios because they get guaranteed box office results and they don’t have to spend too much money on the cast.”

He Jokes About Using His Own Golden Globe as a Sex Toy

“Remember if you do win tonight, no one cares about that award as much as you do. Don’t get emotional, it’s embarrassing. That award is, no offense, worthless. It’s a bit of metal some nice old confused journalists wanted to give you in person so they could meet you and have a selfie with you, okay? That’s all it is!” Gervais said, “I’ve got three Golden Globes, myself. One’s a doorstop, one I use to hit burglars with and one I keep by the bed to… doesn’t matter why. It’s mine! I won it fair and square. It’s just the right shape and size… It’s nothing.”

“So, to be clear, that was a joke about me shoving a Golden Globe, that I won, up my a**. And they asked me to host four times!” he added.

He Makes Things Awkward for Matt Damon

One of the most audible gasps of the night came when Gervais brought Damon out as a presenter and introduced him as “The only person Ben Affleck hasn’t been unfaithful to.”

He Finally Shares the Stage With Mel Gibson

After savaging Gibson multiple times during his times as host, Gervais finally had to share the stage with the controversial actor – who was asked to come out and present a tribute to Mad Max: Fury Road, which was nominated for Best Picture.

“I’m in the awkward position of having to introduce him again. Listen, I’m sure it’s embarrassing for both of us. I blame NBC for this terrible situation. Mel blames…we know who Mel blames,” Gervais said. “Listen, I still feel a bit bad for it. Mel’s forgotten all about it apparently, that’s what drinking does. I want to say something nice about Mel before he comes out. So: I’d rather have a drink with him in his hotel room tonight than with Bill Cosby.

Gervais will take the stage for his fifth and (supposedly) final time when the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony kicks off live coast-to-coast on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 5 from 5-8 p.m. PT/8-11 p.m. ET from The Beverly Hilton.

Eddie Murphy Delivers SNL It's Biggest Audience in 11 Years!

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Eddie Murphy’s SNL return was not only one of the best episodes in the show’s history, he also managed to deliver a 11-year audience high in viewership when delayed DVR playback is taken into account.

Eddie Murphy’s long-awaited SNL return on Dec. 21 2019 (Christmas show) gifted NBC’s late night comedy variety series its biggest-ever lift when counting a week’s worth of delayed viewing, according to Nielsen.

This was a special SNL as it marked Murphy’s return for the first time in 35 years plus the show featured pop star Lizzo as its musical guest. The final episode of 2019 averaged 16.3 million total viewers in Nielsen’s “Live + 7 Day” data, marking an increase of 6.3 million viewers over a week’s worth of mostly DVR playback.

The Dec. 21st episode also hit an 11-year SNL audience high in Live + 7 Day viewing, which now represents the largest time-shifted audience since its Oct. 18, 2008 telecast. That episode featured Sarah Palin, who was being impersonated by Tina Fey, with Josh Brolin serving as host and the musical guest was Adele averaged 16.8 million viewers with a week of delayed viewing.

Eddie Murphy viewing grew to 4.4 P18-49 (advertiser-coveted demo) rating. That’s the highest-rated episode in Live + 7 Day rating since Alec Baldwin’s Feb 11, 2017 appearance as host (musical guest Ed Sheeran).

SNL is currently in its 45th TV season and season-to-date (Sept'19 - Dec'21st) Eddie’s stint as host was up +112% in the key demo (4.4 vs. 2.1) and up +91% in total viewers (16.3 million vs. 8.5 million).

“SNL” will return with its first 2020 episode on Jan. 25 with host Adam Driver and Halsey as musical guest.

I'm Barbara Walters and This Is 2020

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Happy New Year!

‘Saturday Night Live’ alum Cheri Oteri joins Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen for New Year’s Eve and revived her iconic Barbara Walters impression to ring in 2020.

How Many People Saw Eddie Murphy Host SNL?

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The 30+ year wait for Eddie Murphy’s be back on the SNL was definitely must see TV. His stint as the final host for 2019 gifted SNL with its highest ratings delivery in 2.5 years. Murphy hosted SNL delivered a 2.5 rating in coveted adults 18-49 demo and 9.9 million viewers overall in Live+Same Day, per Nielsen’s “fast official” numbers ordered by NBC. To put that audience size in context, that SNL‘s 2.5 adult 18-49 rating ties the September Season 2 premiere of Fox’s Masked Singer as the #1 highest-rated entertainment series telecast this season in 18-49 L+SD on any network across all dayparts, including primetime. Interestingly, Murphy’s Buckwheat appeared in a Masked Singer skit. Murphy hosted SNL was the highest-rated comedy telecast on any network since the series finale of CBS’ Big Bang Theory on May 16 (3.2).

Jam packed with some of SNL’s fan favorite former cast members this episode featured Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Tracy Morgan, Alec Baldwin, Larry David, Maya Rudolph, Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen and Rachel Dratch. This was the highest-rated and most watched episode of Saturday Night Live since the May 13, 2017 telecast, hosted by Melissa McCarthy with musical guest HAIM (2.7 in 18-49, 10.4 million viewers).

Murphy managed to eclipse Will Ferrell hosted SNL episode a few weeks prior, which had delivered the show’s biggest ratings so far this season. Viewership continued to grow — about 29% of SNL’s total viewed minutes during the 2018-19 season came on digital platforms through short-form videos and full-episode views.

As of first Sunday morning, three clips have crossed the 1 million views mark, Murphy’s monologue, the episode’s Democratic debate-themed Cold Open and Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood.

Live From New York, It's the Eddie Murphy Show!

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The legendary SNL alum (and biggest movie star) returned to Studio 8H after a 30+ year hiatus. Die hard SNL fans struggle to explain to non or passive SNL viewing friends how big a deal it is to have Eddie hosting SNL. From the moment Eddie was announced as host of the Christmas show to the moment he stepped through the famous SNL doors and walked down to the main stage on 12/21/19 at 11:35pm, fans have counted down the days, hours, minutes and seconds to see Eddie back on SNL. To put it another way…viewers watching at home live Saturday night could feel the palpable excitement and energy in Studio 8H.

If you missed this…I feel bad for you because this episode will probably be regarded as one of the best episodes of all time. Here’s what you missed… the return of some of Murphy’s most iconic SNL characters - Mr. Robinson, Gumby, Velvet Jones and an all-star opening monologue. Sometimes with SNL you may get one or two really funny skits or strong weekend update or compelling musical performance, but with Eddie as host and Lizzo as musical guest SNL fans got a strong show that fired on all cylinders from beginning to end.

SNL breakdown…

Monologue


Fans chanted “Eddie!, Eddie!, Eddie!” before he even said a word. I wouldn’t be surprised if some viewers wondered if tonight’s episode was happening at Studio 8H or Madison Square Garden. He kicked off the monologue with a few jabs of funny lines but landed a strong punch with his killer Bill Cosby impression. On top of that…damn near half of Netflix’s stand up budget came up on stage. Who? Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock, and Dave Chappelle that’s who. Once these guys were standing together on stage there was a moment where viewers at home could see in their eyes a collective “we got this monologue” realization as they looked at the cue cards and the audience. This was a murderous row of comics and the monologue allowed each comic to drop their jokes that reflected each comics unique flavor of comedic delivery. Also, it was nice to see Kenan Thompson up there. For years, he was often overlooked, but that tide is changing as he has become one of the glue guys for the cast and show. So, it was nice to see Kenan get his props.

Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood (2019)


The writers cleverly placed some of Eddie Murphy’s old characters in a modern day environment that reflects present day societal, cultural and economic touch points. Even if the character was exactly the same, the modern world around them made the character’s return fresh.

Buckwheat on The Masked Signer


Great treat to see Buckwheat as a surprise contestant on “The Masked Singer.” Dressed in a giant corn on the cob costume, his distinctive voice was obvious, even when crooning “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You.” After he was unmasked, he sang more songs.

Gumby Crashes Weekend update


Gumby (Eddie Murphy) stops by Weekend Update to remind Michael Che and Colin Jost who he is, damn it.

Black Jeopardy: Velvet Jones


Home For The Holidays


Holiday Baking Championship


NorthPole News


Kevin Hart: Don't F#$%$ This Up Doc

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Netflix just dropped Kevin Hart’s new six-part documentary trailer, Don’t F**k This Up. The trailer reveals that fans will get to hear Hart talk about his tumultuous year that include stepping down as host of the Oscars (resurfaced tweet sparked outrage among the ‘woke’ crowd), his cheating scandal and a glimpse of his life on the road as a megasuccessful stand-up comedian. The series debuts on Netflix December 27, 2019.

Howard Stern's 2nd Act: Master Interviewer

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Howard Stern’s new book, “Howard Stern Comes Again” is a collection of his best radio interviews. He hopes this book will transform the perception of his past crass , short-tempered, juvenile radio DJ persona into a master conversationalist.

I’ve always been a Stern fan and his radio interviews in recent years have been amazing. He has a unique talent of making his guests to relax and feel comfortable and engage them in a real conversation where he can ask the questions most people are wondering about their favorite entertainers, journalists and politicians. His sincerity and sense of humor reassures his guests that his studio dungeon is a safe place for his guests who know a Stern interview will now follow the typical PR interview format.

The beginning of that transformation, Stern says, is easy to chart: The end of his 23-year marriage to Alison Berns in 2001. Miserable and disappointed, fearing how his three daughters would view him, Stern began seeing a psychotherapist four days a week. These life events has enabled Howard Stern to consistently elicit honest emotion and genuine insight from his celebrity guests. It’s real talk.

In his latest book, Stern wrote that “I don’t think I’ve ever tried harder to get a guest than I did with Hillary Clinton in the run-up to the 2016 election.” He said the outcome might have been different had she agreed to talk with him back then. Well, she finally appeared on the Howard Stern to promote hew new book, “The Book of Gutsy Women”, she co-wrote with her daughter Chelsea. Check out her Stern interview below.





If You Hate Bill Cosby. . Does That Mean You Also Hate Cliff Huxtable?

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Will Bill Cosby fans help him make it rain while he is in jail? That’s an interesting moral question for Cosby fans.

Bewildered Cosby fans finally heard from Bill Cosby after his conviction last year for sexual assault. In his first telephone interview behind bars with the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s BlackPressUSA.com, the once beloved comedian said: “I have eight years and nine months left [in prison]. When I come up for parole, they’re not going to hear me say that I have remorse. I was there. I don’t care what group of people come along and talk about this when they weren’t there. They don’t know.” Here you can listen to his BlackPressUSA interview here.


With that context…Cosby fans will have to ask themselves if they can separate the artist from the man. Independent television studio, Carsey-Warner, plans to shop around its vast library of classic sitcoms to streaming services as they scoop up modern classics by doling out big money. Recently, WarnerMedia has reportedly paid $425 million for the rights to Friends and NBCUniversal ponied up $500 million for The Office. Both shows will move to their new streaming homes, Warner’s HBO Max and NBCU’s Peacock, respectively, next year.

If these streaming services move forward then Cosby fans will have to grapple with this dilemma. The struggle is real…check out Jerry Seinfeld sort through this for himself.


In interviews with Deadline and the Los Angeles Times last week, Carsey-Werner’s president of distribution Jim Kraus the studio will put out feelers to gauge appetite for ‘The Cosby Show’, ‘A Different World’, ‘That '70s Show’ and ‘Roseanne’, who also has fallen from grace and kicked off her rebooted self-titled show on ABC after a series of nasty tweets.

These streaming services will have to do a cost benefit analysis to guide their decision making to acquire any Cosby affiliated content. If they move forward with Cosby then he’ll be able to make it rain while in jail because he’ll likely collect his percentage of the rights fees to residuals for his acting work. First up for Carsey-Warner to pitch to streamers will be ‘A Different World’, a spin-off of The Cosby Show. All six seasons of A Different World are currently part of Amazon’s Prime Video catalog but the rights are up for renewal in 2020. Meanwhile, there is no word on what might happen with the rights to The Cosby Show, all eight seasons of which are also on Prime Video.

Here’s a sampling of the best moments from ‘The Cosby Show’


Sacha Baron Cohen vs. Mark Zuckerberg

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In a rare public appearance as himself, Sacha Baron Cohen, went after Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook in his acceptance speech for international leadership from the Anti-Defamation League.


The comedian behind Borat, Bruno, Ali G, and Showtime’s “Who Is America?” is known to publicly troll people, but this time, Cohen eviscerated Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for providing a platform that helps fringe hate groups spread their conspiracy theories that is facilitating a rise in hate crimes targeted against religious and ethnic minorities. Providing a historical analogy, Cohen said that if Facebook existed in the 1930s, it would have allowed Hitler to post ads on his “solution” to the “Jewish problem.”

What does Cohen want? The frustrated comedian used this opportunity to demand for more tech regulation and a fundamental rethinking of social media, noting that these social platforms give “some of the most reprehensible people on earth the biggest platform in history.” The comedian admonished social media giants for not doing enough to counter the racism and bigotry spreading on their platforms. “These are the richest companies in the world, and they have the best engineers in the world. They could fix these problems if they wanted to.”

With the looming 2020 election, Cohen has joined other activists and politicians calling for tighter regulation on social media platforms. Unfortunately, the hate speech and misinformation will likely continue proliferating on Facebook as the company is notoriously opaque about everything from its algorithm to Zuckerberg’s secret dinners with Donald Trump.

Friendsgiving TV Marathon

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Here’s your chance to spend Thanksgiving with your favorite Friends. Warner Brothers has negotiated a deal with local stations across the country to air popular Thanksgiving-themed episodes.

“We’re excited for ‘The One Where Our Local Television Partners Offer Curated Thanksgiving Friends Episodes and Marathons,’ which are sure to delight fans during their Friendsgiving holiday celebrations,” said Lisa Gregorian, Warner Bros. Television Group president and chief marketing officer, in a statement.

Thanks to streaming services Friends has won over new fans and coupled with the fact that the series is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its 1994 debut on NBC. Airing in syndication since 1998, the series will make its new streaming home on WarnerMedia’s upcoming subscription streaming service on HBO Max.

This is a great way to escape family drama or avoid those relatives who want to talk about politics this Thanksgiving. The marathon will air on stations across the country, including in all top-ten markets, reaching 42 million homes.

Here’s the Thanksgiving schedule:

WPIX New York: Wednesday, Nov. 27, at midnight; and midnight on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28

KTLA Los Angeles: Thanksgiving Day, 10 am-6 p.m.

WGN Chicago: Thanksgiving Day, 1-6 p.m.

WPHL Philadelphia: Thanksgiving Day, 12-5 p.m.

KDAF Dallas: Thanksgiving Day, 12-5 p.m.

WDCW Washington, D.C.: Thanksgiving Day, 12-5 p.m.

KIAH Houston: Thanksgiving Day, 12-5 p.m.

WSBK Boston: Thanksgiving Day: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

WCPH Atlanta: Thanksgiving Day: 12-5 p.m.

For all other local markets, check local listings.