Gervais says he won't watch the Oscars

Feb. 24, 2011 at 8:59 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Ricky Gervais, the British comedian criticized for being too harsh on celebrities as host of the Golden Globes, says he won't watch Sunday's Oscars ceremony.

Gervais offered on his blog Thursday some advice about emceeing the event to co-hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco.

"I hope my contribution will be helpful to the organizers of The Academy (of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)," Gervais told The Hollywood Reporter, referring to the wisdom he offered on his blog. "I won't know if they use any of my material or not, as I will be unable to watch the ceremony this Sunday."

As for why he will be unable to screen the Los Angeles prize presentation for achievements in film in 2010, Gervais, an atheist, said, "I am forbidden to work on the Sabbath. ... I pleaded with my Bishop, 'But surely watching the Oscars counts as pleasure.' My Bishop replied, 'Then you are a bigger (expletive) than you look my son.'"

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