The controversial Ricky Gervais returned to host the Golden Globes for the fourth time and he skewered a variety of people, per usual. Here's a look back at some of his favorite award show targets. (Nicki DeMarco/The Washington Post)

The only reason Ricky Gervais was invited back to host the Golden Globes for the fourth time was that producers hoped he would say wildly offensive, controversial things and everyone would tune in to catch the cruelty. Well, mission sort of accomplished — Gervais didn’t go too over the top, and some of his jokes were pretty lame. But here’s a list of the people that he likely offended the most, in order of how quickly he might want to go the other way if he sees them on the street.

[Golden Globes: Leonardo DiCaprio, ‘The Revenant’ win; complete list of winners]

Ben Affleck

Introducing presenter Matt Damon: “The only person Ben Affleck hasn’t been unfaithful to.”

Roman Polanski

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

Charlie Sheen

While discussing Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer’s movies: “‘Joy’ and ‘Trainwreck’: No, not the names of Charlie Sheen’s two favorite hookers.”


Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence. (Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

Bill Cosby

On Mel Gibson: “I want to say something nice about Mel before he comes out, so, oh yeah, okay, here you go. I’d rather have a drink with him in his hotel room tonight than Bill Cosby.”

Sean Penn

“I want to do this monologue and then go into hiding, okay? Not even Sean Penn will find me. Snitch.”

[Why many consider Sean Penn’s ‘El Chapo’ meeting an ‘epic insult’ to Mexican journalists]

Caitlyn Jenner

“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?”

Mel Gibson

“I made a joke about Mel Gibson getting a bit drunk and saying a few unsavory things. We’ve all done it. Wasn’t judging. But now I find myself in the awkward position of having to introduce him again. Listen, I’m sure it’s embarrassing for both of us and I blame NBC for this terrible situation. Mel blames… we know who Mel blames. I still feel a bit bad for it, Mel’s forgotten all about it, apparently. That’s what drinking does.”

Adam Sandler

“To be fair, ‘The Martian’ was a lot funnier than ‘Pixels,’ but then again, so was ‘Schindler’s List.'”

[‘Pixels’ review: Game over for Adam Sandler]

Donald Trump

Introducing presenters America Ferrera and Eva Longoria: “They’re … two people who your future president, Donald Trump, can’t wait to deport.”

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association

“One Hollywood publication said that me hosting would mean that some film stars would stay away for fear of being made fun of. As if film stars would stay away from the chance of winning a Golden Globe. Particularly if their film company has already paid for it.”

All celebrities in attendance

Greeting the audience: “Shut up! You disgusting, pill-popping, sexual-deviant scum.”

Introducing Morgan Freeman: “The next presenter is the most respected actor in the room… that isn’t saying much.”

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill

“The Golden Globes are about excellence. To win one, you have to do something amazing. Neither of our first two presenters have won a Golden Globe. I don’t know what they are doing here really. But I don’t choose the guests. Please welcome the fantastic Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.”


Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. (Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

“When Brad and Angelina see our next two adorable presenters, they’re going to want to adopt them. Please welcome Kevin Hart and Ken Jeong.”

Equal pay

“There’s a female remake of ‘Ghostbusters.’ There’s going to be a female remake of ‘Ocean’s 11.’ 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.”

“Women should be paid the same as men for doing the same job and I would like to say now that I’m getting paid exactly the same as Tina and Amy did last year for hosting this — no I know there was two of them, but it’s not my fault if they want to share the money, is it? That’s their stupid fault. (pause) It’s funny cause it’s true.”

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