Gervais plans live Golden Globes podcast

The biggest live webcast ever?

Ricky Gervais is planning to provide a three-hour live podcast, commenting on the Golden Globes.

The comic, who caused a media storm earlier this year when he jokingly insulted Hollywood bigwigs while hosting the awards, says he could provide alternative, uncensored comments to the next ceremony.

Suggesting the idea on his blog, he said that friends such as Louis CK, Chris Rock, Karl Pilkington, John Stewart and Larry David could pop in during the podcast.

He wrote: ‘People at home can have the telly on with the sound down listening to us online say things that no broadcaster could get away with. No one could do a fucking thing.

‘The biggest live webcast ever? Who knows? Who cares? What's fun is the shit we might come out with. No money. No sponsor. No guidelines. Fuck me I can't wait.

Later he said he had an ‘amazing response’ to his idea with ‘offers of sponsorship, technical support and a bunch of comedians up for it’.

He added: ‘I don't want people to think that this is some sort of anti-establishment stunt. It's not. Any more than deciding to do a podcast in 2005 was. It's about new horizons, new technologies and artistic freedom.

‘If I actually do it, it will show people how tame my official hosting was last year. I still can't quite understand how anyone would think I overstepped the mark, was cruel, or pushed any boundaries of taste and decency. It was a network friendly gentle ribbing of the industry.

‘Anyway. I'm looking into it. Might not happen. I might not even be available. Who knows, I might be at The Golden Globes (awkward silence).’

Published: 9 Sep 2011

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