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Ricky Gervais mingles with stars at the Golden Globes after-party

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Ricky Gervais was pictured rubbing shoulders with famous faces at a Golden Globes after party – just hours after he eviscerated Hollywood during his opening speech. The British comedian was pictured with the likes of Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, who co-created Netflix series of Master of None, series star Lena Waithe and Netflix head of content Ted Sarandos at the Netflix After Party on Sunday night.Another picture shows Gervais and Sarandos alongside author Jane Fallon – who is the comic’s partner – and Nicole Avant, the former US ambassador for the Bahamas who has since turned film-maker. It came after Gervais, hosting the award ceremony for the fifth and final time, launched a scathing attack on Hollywood during his monologue. ‘Let’s go out with a bang, let’s have a laugh at your expense, shall we?’ he joked. Share this article Share What followed was eight minutes of no-holds-barred comedy that included jokes about Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein and Prince Andrew.The MeToo movement and ISIS were also among Gervais’s top targets. Perhaps the defining moment came when he attacked Hollywood’s ‘woke’ culture while celebrities happily work and make money for corporations with deeply checkered records on rights issues. ‘You say you’re woke but the companies you work for in China — unbelievable. Apple, Amazon, Disney. If ISIS started a streaming service you’d call your agent, wouldn’t you?’In a particularly blunt moment, Gervais advised those receiving awards to avoid making political speeches because ‘you’re in no position to the public about anything’ before adding: ‘If you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent, and your God and f*** off.’ Social media lit up with posts praising Gervais’s take-downs of the Hollywood establishment, relishing in the uncomfortable reactions from those in the room – though others found his jokes hard to stomach.Following the controversy were the awards themselves – which saw Sam Mendes win best director for 1917, which also won best film. Renée Zellweger and Joaquin Phoenix scooped the best actress and actor awards for Judy and Joker, while Once Upon a Time in Hollywood won in the best picture – musical or comedy category. It is the fifth time Gervais has emceed the gala, after previously fronting the show from 2010 to 2012 and once again in 2016. The 58-year-old British comedian sat down for a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter as he discussed the difficulty in balancing comedy with political correctness and Hollywood egos.  Speaking about his hosting style, he said: ‘I try and make it a spectator sport. I try and play the outsider. ‘It would be nauseating for me to come out and go, “Hey, George, how you doing, thanks for letting me use your villa. Hey, Brad, see you tonight, yeah?” ‘It’s horrible. I’ve got to be the bloke sitting at home who shouldn’t have been invited. That’s who I’ve got to be.’  Ricky Gervais mingles with stars at the Golden Globes after-party
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Date: February 21, 2020

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