Piers Morgan was trying – more like straining – to be clever when he deadpanned his intro to Ricky Gervais’ appearance on Piers Morgan Tonight: “Some say his crime was worse than Watergate.” But it does feel like we’re in Day 5 of Rickygate, the post-Golden Globes dissection of his brilliant skewering of Hollywood self-importance and egotism. This was a much luckier booking for Morgan's show than Oprah was.
The current has turned Gervais’ way, as plenty of stars have said they weren’t offended (easy to say now that it's safe; they weren't all laughing at the time.) But there's still plenty of controversy swirling. Here are video highlights of Gervais' thoughtul response.
As a guest he was funny, intriguing and best of all never defensive. It was mildly disappointing to hear him say he was sure stars had a sense of humor; he has to know better. Morgan reminded him that they can act like “delicate little flowers.” But Gervais makes a lot of sense when he says that Johnny Depp wasn’t exactly shocked to hear that The Tourist was a bomb. And he has substantial things to say about comedy. Here’s a look:
After the Globes, many viewers thought Gervais' closing line was his most startling: “Thank you to God -- for making me an atheist.” Here’s his absolutely straightforward response to the God question.
And if you missed "Why I'm An Atheist," the piece he wrote for the Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog last month, here’s a link to his eloquent, well-argued philosophy.