Jeffrey Epstein, the critically panned Cats and Leonardo DiCaprio’s date; nothing was off limits for comedian Ricky Gervais hosting this year’s Golden Globes.
The ceremony was only minutes in before he took a stab at Felicity Huffman, who spent time in prison this year for her role in a college admissions scandal.
“I came here in a limo tonight and the licence plate was made by Felicity Huffman,” Gervais said.
It left Tom Hanks speechless.
Tom Hanks reacts at Golden Globes
Next on Gervais’ hit list was disgraced former high-flyer and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Riffing off Gervais’ own Netflix show After Life, about a man who wants to kill himself, he said: “Spoiler alert, Season 2 is on the way, so in the end he obviously doesn’t kill himself … just like Jeffrey Epstein.”
A few boos didn’t put him off: “Shut up. I know he’s your friend, but I don’t care,” Gervais quipped.
Celebrities react to Epstein joke
But the risque joke that almost brought him undone he saved right until the end of his monologue, when he took a swing at the film Cats.
“I can’t do this next joke,” he laughed.
He joked that Dame Judi Dench defended the film, adding: “Because she loves nothing better than plonking herself down on the carpet, lifting her leg, and licking her own [crotch].”
His Cats joke got a big laugh from Gwyneth Paltrow
(We’re too shy, but if you want to fill in the blank that left Gwyneth in stitches, watch the video at the top of this story.)
Gervais laughed it off saying: “It’s the last time, who cares.”
The well-dressed celebrities weren’t the only ones in the firing line.
Mega corporations weren’t safe either, as Gervais unleashed on Apple, Amazon and Disney’s forays into the streaming game.
“If ISIS started a streaming service, you’d call your agent,” he said.
“Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg.
“If you win … thank your agent, thank your God and f*** off.”
Epic movies that stretched for hours, like Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, also took a hit.
“Leonardo DiCaprio attended the premiere and by the end his date was too old for him,” he said.
“Even Prince Andrew’s like: ‘Come on Leo mate, you’re nearly 50 son.'”
He also took a swipe at legendary director Martin Scorsese, over controversial comments he made earlier this year saying Marvel films weren’t “cinema” and were “closer to theme parks than movies”.
Gervais said he agreed, adding: “Although I don’t know what he’s doing hanging around theme parks, he’s not big enough to go on the rides.”
Martin Scorsese agrees with Gervais’ joke