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Image Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesJudd Apatow, who solicited hosting suggestions via Twitter after watching Ricky Gervais’ polarizing performance at last week’s Golden Globe Awards, was more direct on Saturday night, when he emcee’d the Producers Guild of America Awards. “I didn’t like him,” the Knocked Up director told a black-tie industry crowd. “I thought he was mean.”

“He had that joke about the guy on Lost,” said Apatow. “He said he ate everybody else. Let’s be honest — Ricky Gervais just lost weight. Even now, he’s four pounds away from not being allowed to do a joke like that. Did he lose weight just to make fat jokes? You think that’s how mean he is?”

Prior to the show, Apatow told EW: “I learned that hosting can be done wrong…. I thought he was a little mean and I guess I don’t subscribe to the school of thought that all jokes have to be mean to be funny.”

A few highlights from Apatow’s opening monologue in which he defends Gervais targets Tim Allen, Robert Downey Jr.:

• “He made fun of Tim Allen. He made a joke that if you stand next to Tom Hanks, you don’t look as good. Who looks good standing next to Tom Hanks? We all look like a piece of s— standing next to Tom Hanks. Warren Buffett looks like a piece of s— next to Tom Hanks. And may I say that Tim Allen did 200 episodes of Home Improvement, and is in the highest-grossing movies of all time, and that Toy Story 3 just crossed the $1 billion mark. Whereas The Invention of Lying made $18 million worldwide. Is that wrong to point out? Leave Tim Allen alone.”

• “He made fun of Downey. Downey has been sober. He’s f—in’ Iron Man, and you keep reminding him of that? You know what that’s like? It’s like at your bar mitzvah, and your uncle gets onstage when you do the Torah and he tells everyone you have a small d—? You know what I mean? Why do that?”

(Reporting by Carrie Bell)

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