Ricky Gervais tweets epic Oscars slam after Will Smith outburst

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Ricky Gervais is giving fans a sneak peek at how he would have opened the show if he had been asked to host the 94th Academy Awards.

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“I’d start with ‘Hello, I hope this show helps cheer up the ordinary people watching at home,’” he tweeted, responding to a fan who said they wished he was hosting. “’If you’re unemployed for example, take some comfort in the fact that even if you had a job, your salary probably wouldn’t be as much as the goody bag all the actors have just been given.’”

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Gervais was taking a swipe at this year’s six-figure Oscars swag bag, which reportedly was valued at just over $137,000 and included a voucher for $12,000 worth of liposuction and a stay at a Scottish castle.

“We get calls from about 25% to 30% of the nominees each year who want to make sure we know where to get their bag to them,” Distinctive Assets founder Lash Fary tells CNBC.

“I am mailing them to Olivia Colman and Judi Dench at their homes in the UK, and Penelope Cruz wanted hers shipped to Madrid,” Fary says. “It’s incredibly expensive, so I try not to ship them if I don’t have to, but I will for the Penelope Cruzes of the world, that’s for sure.”

The 60-year-old creator of The Office continued offering his snarky take on the awards by poking fun at the Oscars’ struggles with diversity.

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“’I’m proud to announce that this is the most diverse and progressive Oscars ever,’” he added. “’Looking out, I see people from all walks of life. Every demographic under the sun. Except poor people, obviously. F—them.’”

The mock opening followed Will Smith’s attack on Chris Rock when the Oscar winner slapped the presenter for a perceived slight against his wife Jada and her struggle with alopecia, which causes baldness.

Will Smith hits Chris Rock as Rock spoke on stage during the 94th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif., March 27, 2022.
Will Smith hits Chris Rock as Rock spoke on stage during the 94th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, Calif., March 27, 2022. Photo by BRIAN SNYDER /Reuters

Gervais retweeted a joke from the British Office in which his character, David Brent, makes light of the autoimmune disease. “I know someone who is an alcoholic and it is no laughing matter – particularly for his wife. And she’s got alopecia,” Brent says. “So…not a happy homelife.”

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In a 2017 interview with the Sunthe Emmy winner revealed why he thinks he’ll never host the Academy Awards.

“I’ll do it if I can say what I want and that will never happen with the Oscars,” he said.

The five-time Golden Globes host added that when he teased celebrities during his stint MC-ing the broadcast, he made sure to rib them “about their public behaviors.”

“There are 200 million people watching the Golden Globes and there’s nothing in it for them,” he said. “It isn’t that bad. It’s ridiculous.”


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