Ricky Gervais took aim at Hollywood during last week’s Golden Globe Awards, and on Sunday night, comedian T.J. Miller returned the favor.
Miller, host of this year’s Critics’ Choice Awards, told attendees that he didn’t plan on “Gervaising” the ceremony.
“How abrasive do you have to be to make us feel bad for Mel Gibson?” Miller joked.
At the Golden Globes, Gervais mocked Gibson, who was a presenter at the event.
“I’m in the awkward position of having to introduce him again,” Gervais said of Gibson, whom he had previously roasted during the Golden Globes in 2010. “Listen, I’m sure it’s embarrassing for both of us. I blame NBC for this terrible situation. Mel blames … we know who Mel blames. Listen, I still feel a bit bad for it. Mel’s forgotten all about it apparently, that’s what drinking does. I want to say something nice about Mel before he comes out. So: I’d rather have a drink with him in his hotel room tonight than with Bill Cosby.”
In the wake of his Globes appearance, Gervais was criticized for his jokes directed at Caitlyn Jenner and the Amazon series Transparent. “If you think people saying I went too far is bad, imagine how bad I’d feel if people said I didn’t go far enough,” Gervais wrote on Twitter about the controversy. “That would really hurt.”