During the Sunday event celebrating 2010's best of film and television, Gervais poked fun at Charlie Sheen, Robert Downey Jr., Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp's movie "The Tourist," two unnamed famous Scientologists and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which presents the Globes.
"It's going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking or, as Charlie Sheen calls it, breakfast," Gervais said in his opening monologue referring to the TV's star's recent high-profile substance-abuse problems. "Wow, so let's get this straight, so what he did was, he picked up a porn star, paid her to have dinner with him, introduced her to his ex-wife -- as you do -- went to a hotel, got drunk, got naked, trashed the place while she was locked in a cupboard, and that was a Monday. What does he do New Year's Eve?"
Gervais later took out Jolie, Depp, their movie and the HFPA in one swoop, joking: "It was a big year for 3D movies. 'Toy Story,' 'Despicable Me,' 'Tron.' It seemed like everything this year was three-dimensional. Except the characters in 'The Tourist.' I already feel bad about that joke. I tell you what, I'm jumping on the bandwagon because I haven't even seen 'The Tourist.' Who has? But it must be good because it's nominated, so shut up, OK? And I'd like to crush this ridiculous rumor that the only reason 'The Tourist' was nominated was so that the foreign press could hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. That was not the only reason; they also accepted bribes."
Gervais also mentioned the drug and arrest record of Downey Jr., who says he has been sober for numerous years; referred to Bruce Willis as actor Ashton Kutcher's dad; and said the head of the HFPA needed help getting off the toilet and putting in his teeth before the telecast.
"There were a lot of big films that didn't get nominated this year, nothing for 'Sex and the City 2,'" Gervais said, again taking aim at multiple targets. "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.'"
Gervais told USA Today the HFPA invited him to return as host for the 2011 prize presentation before he was even finished presiding over the 2010 edition of the show.
However, The Hollywood Reporter said as of Sunday night he hadn't been asked to return for the 2012 awards ceremony.
"That's ominous, isn't it?" Gervais mused. "So I probably won't be here next year."
And if he is invited back?
"I'll go (expletive) mental," The Hollywood Reporter quoted him as saying.
Gervais is the co-creator and star of "Extras" and the original, British version of "The Office."