Ricky Gervais may not be hosting the Oscars, but he’s finding a way to round up some controversy this weekend anyway.
The Golden Globes host threw in his two cents, drafting a sample opener for co-hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco to try out for Sunday’s show (Feb. 27). A move Franco for one, is not impressed with.
“He did his award show and he bombed,” Franco tells E!’s Jason Kennedy. “Why is he trying to get in on ours?”
Publicity, James. Why else?
“Horrible,” Franco continues. “His lines weren’t good on the Golden Globes. Why does he want to do our lines?”
Even if they did opt to use a few of his jokes, Gervais himself tells The Hollywood Reporter that he wouldn’t know.
“I am forbidden to work on the Sabbath,” the atheist comedian says. “I hope my contribution will be helpful to the organizers of The Academy. I won’t know if they use any of my material or not, as I will be unable to watch the ceremony this Sunday.”
Adding, “I pleaded with my Bishop ‘But surely watching The Oscars counts as pleasure.'”
Viewers seem generally split on whether Gervais nailed or bombed his Golden Globes gig, but are these Oscars jabs too much? Is it time to cede the spotlight to the new hosts, or is all fair in award show season?