The four-time host emceed the 73rd annual Golden Globes live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on NBC

Updated January 10, 2016 08:20 PM
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Ricky Gervais didn’t hold back during his Golden Globes opening monologue, taking aim at Caitlyn Jenner, Jennifer Lawrence and other big stars.

“All these rich, beautiful celebrities having the time of their lives. Let’s hope nobody spoils that,” he said. “You are megastars with enormous talent. Most of you – some of you just married well.”

He also took aim at Ben Affleck, stunning the crowd when introducing presenter Matt Damon and joking that The Martian actor is “the only person who Ben Affleck hasn’t been unfaithful to.”

Despite his reputation, Gervais said that he was planning on being nicer than usual in his monologue.

“I’ve changed. Not as much as Bruce Jenner, obviously – now Caitlyn Jenner, of course. What a year she’s had. She became a role model for trans people everywhere,” he said, saying she’s showed “great bravery.”

“She didn’t do a lot for women drivers, but you can’t have everything,” he added, referencing Jenner’s involvement in a deadly car accident in February 2015.

He also touched on Jennifer Lawrence speaking out about the wage gap in Hollywood.

“She received overwhelming support from people everywhere. There were marches on the street,” he said. ” ‘How the hell can a 25 year old live on $52 million?’ ”

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Gervais also joked he was getting paid the same as previous hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler: “I know there were two of them, but I can’t help it if they want to share it.”

Gervais then took on Spotlight, saying Roman Polanski called it “the best date night ever,” and Transparent nominee Jeffrey Tambor, saying it takes “balls” to take on his role, getting groans from the audience when he added he’s seen them and they are “huge and long.”

The comedian previously hosted three years in a row from 2010-2012, during which he earned a reputation for skewering celebs and not shying away from controversy. Ahead of this year’s show, Gervais admitted in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres that he initially turned down the offer to return as host.

“I really did say ‘no,’ ” he explained. “I was editing one film I made this year and I was about to film another one, and I just thought, I just haven’t got the time, but they said all the right things. They said I could say what I want again.”

The 73rd annual Golden Globes are being presented live from Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on NBC.