As expected, Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais gave an edgey monologue in which he did not hold back from controversial topics as he advised the stars to not touch on contentious current events in their acceptance speech. 

At the start of the annual ceremony at the Beverly Hilton, Gervais concluded his monologue by telling the nominees, “So if you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a political platform to make a political speech. You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything, you know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. So, if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your God and fuck off. Ok?”

Gervais’ curse word was bleeped out by NBC. He was also bleeped for his word choice in two other jokes. One came when he called Cats’ James Corden a “fat pussy” and another when he said Cats’ Judi Dench was “licking her ass.”

The British comedian also sprinkled his monologue with references to #MeToo and other current controversies. He began by explaining that it was his fifth time hosting and he didn’t care about the consequences. Then he joked by referencing last year’s college admissions scandal. “I came here in a limo tonight and the license plate was made by Felicity Huffman,” he said referring to the actress’ prison sentence. 

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Gervais discussed the top film executives who were in attendance at the ceremony who may have come from different companies – “but they all have one thing in common: They’re all terrified of Ronan Farrow. He’s coming for you, he’s coming for you.”

The comedian also noted that the Golden Globes was an old-fashioned awards show, and suggested that the ceremony should just honor Netflix and move on. Gervais has a show on Netflix, Afterlife, about a man considering committing suicide. “Spoiler alert, there’s a season two, so in the end, he didn’t kill himself. Just like Jeffrey Epstein. Sorry, I know he’s your friend,” Gervais joked to the star-filled audience. 

The subject of Epstein came up again when Gervais came after Quetnin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Leonardo DiCaprio attended the premiere and by the end, his date was nearly too old for him. Even Prince Andrew was like, ‘C’mon, mate.’” (Referring to to allegations that Prince Andrews sexually assaulted a girl with the help of Epstein.)

Kevin Hart [lost] his job [as Oscars host] for 10-year-old tweets that he said he was sorry about and deleted at the time,” Gervais said. “So there’s more pressure on making [the jokes bulletproof]. It’s the world [watching]. This isn’t me in a comedy club.” 

The 77th annual Golden Globes aired live throughout the country on NBC.