Caitlyn Jenner breaks silence on Ricky Gervais' Golden Globes jokes
Caitlyn Jenner has something to say to Ricky Gervais: She’d like to replace him.
At her first major press conference with reporters on Thursday to kick off the second season of E! network’s I Am Cait, Jenner was asked to respond to Gervais’ crack at the Golden Globes about how “she didn’t do a lot for women drivers.”
“On Ricky, I think what I’m gonna do is call the Golden Globes and see if they need a new host for next year,” Jenner said at the Television Critics Tour in Pasadena, California. “And we’ll solve that problem.”
During Sunday’s awards ceremony, Gervais made several jokes at Jenner’s expense. “I’ve changed,” he began, before deadnaming the former Olympian. “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, showing great bravery in breaking down barriers and destroying stereotypes.”
Gervais then mocked Jenner’s car accident in February, which led to the death of another driver. Almost immediately, Gervais got blow-back via social media, so he reacted with a Tweet of his own.
“Suggesting a joke about Caitlin [sic] Jenner is automatically transphobic is like suggesting a joke about Bill Cosby is automatically racist,” he wrote.
Jenner — who was joined on the dais by other transgender women on her show like Candis Cayne and Chandi Moore — said she doesn’t like it when the media labels her as a spokesperson for her community. “I’m only a spokesman for me and my story,” she said. “I have so much to learn in this community.”
In fact, Jenner plans to keep the focus on others like her. Unlike what viewers see on Keeping Up with the Kardashians — which draws a dedicated audience of viewers who enjoy seeing how the women flaunt their wealth — Jenner wants I Am Cait “to be about the issues.”
“I am sure we all love good clothes, all that kind of stuff,” Jenner said. “I really want the people to get to know all of my friends. This is a different show. This is about a serious issue.”
But Jenner also knows how to keep things light and fun. When someone asked how she manages to keep her skin looking so good, she quipped, “Eat Your Wheaties.”
Thursday’s TCA panel also included the first trailer for I Am Cait season 2, which will return on March 6 at 9 p.m. Watch below.