Gervais takes aim at Penn, Jenner at Golden Globes
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Ricky Gervais isn't wasting any time blasting Hollywood's elite, taking aim at Sean Penn, NBC and Caitlyn Jenner in his Golden Globe Awards opening monologue.
Gervais' first joke included a poke at Penn, who conducted an interview with a Mexican drug kingpin and penned an essay for Rolling Stone magazine. Gervais joked he wanted to get through his monologue and go into hiding - somewhere even Penn couldn't find him.
He then called the actor a "snitch" - a reference to Mexican authorities' claims that Penn's interview helped lead them to Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
The comedian also joked NBC was the perfect network to broadcast the Globes, since it had no nominations.
And he lauded Jenner for being a role model and breaking down barriers when she announced her transition, but then added, "She didn't do a lot for women drivers."
Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, was involved in a fatal car crash in February. She is being sued over the wreck, but prosecutors refused to pursue charges.
Sunday's ceremony is the fourth time Gervais has hosted the boozy ceremony honoring top television shows and films.