The Golden Globes‘ longest-tenured host is eager to return to the gig.
“At the moment, there’s something in the news every day that makes me go, ‘I wish I was doing the Globes tonight,'” Ricky Gervais tells PEOPLE’s Editor-in-Chief Jess Cagle in the latest episode of The Jess Cagle Interview (streaming now on People TV). “It would be too easy. Oh my God, how easy would it be? Bullseye.”
“By the end of my run, people were getting it,” the British actor, now on his Humanity comedy tour, says. “The first time, they said, ‘Why is he saying these awful things to these lovely rich people?’ I’m calling them scum. Now everyone knows I was right.”
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Sometimes, the celebrities were the ones to take offense. During the 2016 show, Gervais referenced some sexist and anti-Semitic comments Mel Gibson allegedly made to a female cop when he got arrested for DUI in 2006.
“I heard that he didn’t like it,” Gervais says of the Hacksaw Ridge director. “But then no one likes to be the butt of a joke.”
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Another star who supposedly wasn’t a fan of his approach: Sex and the City actress Kim Cattrall, now 61.
“I remember a famous one where I teased — I said the Globe Special Effects should go to the team that air brushed the Sex and the City 2 poster. I said, ‘Girls, we know how old you are. [We] saw one of you in an episode of Bonanza,'” the Emmy winner recalls. “I heard that Kim Cattrall thought that was ageist. Actually it was the opposite. I was saying, ‘Why airbrush? What’s wrong with being 50?’ … It’s misunderstood. I think that’s the problem.”
Gervais thinks Globes audiences simply need to lighten up. “This isn’t a room full of wounded soldiers,” he says. “They’re rich people winning an award. I’m trying to make it a spectator sport.”
And though The Office creator has no plans to return as the ceremony’s host just yet (should he be asked), “I will one day,” he says. “It would be fun.”
Gervais can currently be heard on his new SiriusXM show “Ricky Gervais Is Deadly Sirius,” a one-hour program that airs weekly on Comedy Greats channel 94.