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Golden Globes: Ricky Gervais -- 'I hope everyone took it well'

With his jacket off and still a bit sweaty from working the show, Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais enjoyed backslaps at the HBO party where he sat with "Broadway Empire" winner Steve Buscemi.

Gervais said he didn't think twice about any of the gags in the show that had some people feeling he was being too harsh. But, he said, he would go out of his way to soften some of them with follow-up chats with some of his celebrity targets.

"I hope everyone took it well. This is the time where I go around to them and say, 'You do know I love you, right?' I hope they can all take a bit of roasting from a nobody like me. I did feel bad about Johnny. It's true, though I didn't see the movie. Johnny is a genius and I hope he could take a few digs. Did I think twice about any of [the jokes]? No I didn't. I'd say any of that to their faces, I'd walk up to them and say it. That's the test for me. And it's in good fun."

Just then, two boozy guests walked by and shook Gervais' hand with vigor. "Thanks for making an unbearably boring show watchable," one said. Gervais beamed and pointed at his interviewer. "Perfect timing, see? I'm brilliant!" Then he turned back to the couple. "Don't tell him I paid you."

So, how's his friends list looking after tonight?

"The HFPA doesn't want me, NBC doesn't want me. Scientologists are out to get me. Johnny Depp is going to beat me up in the parking lot -- and America won't want me anymore after my atheist comment."


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Photo: Ricky Gervais and Jane Fallon arrive on the red carpet. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Golden Globes: Chris Noth loved Gervais' humor

"The Good Wife" actor Chris Noth and TNT executive Michael Wright loved the 68th Golden Globes show -- especially host Ricky Gervais' prickly humor, they said at the HBO party.

"He was great! Bitter? No!" said Wright.

Noth agreed: "People are so serious, so soft! Come on: If you're gonna get caught in a hotel room with a hooker, of course they're gonna make fun of you!"

Then Wright added: "As long as he's not making fun of me, he's funny! He was great."

-- Deborah Vankin

Golden Globes: Dick Zanuck on Ricky Gervais

The Ricky Gervais humor was blistering, and some in the audience thought that at times it was too much.

"It's one thing if it's just the people in the room, but on a broadcast it makes you feel bad for some of the people,"  said Dick Zanuck, the producer of "Alice in Wonderland" and a Hollywood royal whose  successes include "Jaws" and "The Sound of Music." "I know it's what some people want, but I still feel bad."

-- Geoff Boucher


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