Ricky Gervais proved he had no fear tonight when he introduced Mel Gibson after offending the sh*t out of him in shows’ past. Based on that insanely awkward five minutes, Gibson is not over it.
Introducing Gibson, Gervais said: ” “I want to say something nice about Mel before he comes out. Here we go. I’d rather have a drink with him in his hotel room tonight than Bill Cosby.”
As soon as he walked onstage, you could tell the actor was pissed. “I love seeing Ricky once every three years because it reminds me to get a colonoscopy.” Gervais rook the bait and embraced the confrontation, walking back onto the stage and eventually putting his arm around the crazy actor.
“Can I ask you a question? I think we all want to ask you this.” He then whispered in Mel’s ear.
Unfortunately the later comments were censored, leaving viewers trying really hard to read lips. But based on the reactions of audience members – like Alan Cumming, who covered his mouth in shock – things got pretty ugly.
Luckily, like most things in life, Twitter had the answer:
Gibson awkwardly responded with “Ask the guy who said it… it wasn’t me.”
Ummm…. not according to this.
The first time Gervais hosted the award show, he had no problem attacking big names, and number one on his hit list was Mel Gibson. In his first joke, he stated, “I like a drink as much as the next man … unless the next man is Mel Gibson.”
The following year he struck again, with the punchline, “Our first presenter is beautiful, talented … and Jewish, apparently. Mel Gibson told me that. He’s obsessed.”
So really, Gervais was asking for it. I’m surprised Gibson didn’t clock him square in the face. How entertaining would that have been if he did?
UPDATE: Gervais took one more stab at Mel Gibson before the show ended – “Shalom, from me and Mel Gibson!”