Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais disappeared from the stage for about an hour during Sunday night's broadcast, prompting many to think that he was being reprimanded for his acerbic jokes. Turns out, it was nothing more than a long break in his part of the program.
"I did every single introduction I was meant to. There just happened to be a long gap," Gervais said in a statement. "I was allowed to choose who I would introduce in advance. I obviously chose presenters who I had the best jokes for, and who I knew had a good sense of humor. Everyone took it well and the atmosphere backstage and at the after-show was great."
"Everyone" took it well might be hard to wrap your head around, given that presenters such as Robert Downey Jr. addressed his performance, saying the show had "mildly sinister undertones." But some attendees say Gervais played worse on television than in the room.
One director of a nominated film said as much: "There were moments of surprise by the comments, but not any real anger. He said things that were true, like what he said about "The Tourist" nominations. Certainly there were some questionable comments, but all in all, the room seemed fine. How it plays on the TV is a different story."