Now heres the thing. The outrage I caused was of course, as usual, totally out of proportion to the things I said. I dont think anyone had any right to be offended but they were. This year Im going to make sure their offence is completely justified.
The comedy cross-hairs shifted their view from near to far, with easy targets gobbled up and those in the room protected from the kind of fun-poking that made last year so memorable, and everything went back to feeling terribly cosy. So, not exactly vintage Gervais in terms of the sharpness of his jokes, but still some good comedy all the same. The real shame is that Gervais' comedy usually works best when it is met with the kind of ashen-faced disdain that reflected coolly back at him during last year's ceremony, and this time out, it seems we were given the Diet version.