Notoriously controversial on-again/off-again Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais has covered his bases in preparation for this Sunday’s award show, tweeting a preemptive apology to anyone he might offend.
Because I can see the future, I’d like to apologise now for the things I said at next week’s Golden Globes. I was drunk & didn’t give a fuck
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 1, 2016
And who can blame him? If Gervais’s past three monologues from his stints hosting in 2010, 2011, and 2012 are any indication, he’s likely to ruffle a few—albeit nicely manicured, Christian Louboutin-wearing—feathers this weekend. (Although, in his defense, he recently told THR that he planned to tone it down this year.)
Even so, this is as good a time as any to remember that no one—not A-Listers, not the Holywood Foreign Press Association—is immune to Gervais’s DGAF tendencies. Here are his top five most controversial comments from years past.
The Hollywood Foreign Press
“I’d like to quash this ridiculous rumor that the only reason The Tourist was nominated was so the Hollywood Foreign Press could hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. That is rubbish, that is not the only reason, they also accepted bribes.” (2011)
Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster
“I mustn’t mention Mel Gibson this year. Not his private life, his politics, his recent films or especially not Jodie Foster’s beaver. I haven’t seen it myself. I’ve spoken to a lot of guys—they haven’t seen it either but that doesn’t mean it’s not good.” (2012)
Mel Gibson Again
“I hope I haven’t offended anyone. It’s not my fault [points to his drink]. I like a drink as much as the next man. Unless the next man is Mel Gibson.” (2010)
“Please welcome the man who will wear literally anything Tim Burton tells him to, Johnny Depp!” (2012)
The Cast of Sex and the City 2
“There were a lot of big films that didn’t get nominated this year. Nothing for Sex and the City 2. No, I was sure the Golden Globe for special effects would go to the team that airbrushed that poster. Girls, we know how old you are. I saw one of you in an episode of Bonanza.” (2011)