ricky gervais cleared 1 rumor about his feud with robert downey jr. after a ‘mean-spirited’ jab at his past


  • Ricky Gervais, known for his offensive and controversial jokes, hosted the 2011 Golden Globe Awards ceremony.
  • During the ceremony, the comedian made offensive jokes about Robert Downey Jr.'s career and his dark past.
  • Ricky Gervais had to clear the air the next day when people took the joke seriously!

Ricky Gervais is one of the few comedians who doesn’t hold back what he’s thinking. Known for his iconic and offensive jokes, Gervais and Robert Downey Jr. had quite an alleged feud back in 2011 when the comedian hosted the Golden Globes.

As is the usual case, Downey Jr. was involved in Gervais’ joke but people took the matter very seriously. With rumors that the duo had engaged in an all-out war, Gervais had to clear the rumor up the next day that none of the actors were offended and that he was “drinking with them after”.

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Ricky Gervais And Robert Downey Jr. Were In On The Joke!

Back in 2011, Gervais couldn’t help but roast most of the Hollywood actors present at the Golden Globes award ceremony because he could! Being the host of the event, Gervais didn’t hold back a single joke that entered his mind and had quite an offensive collection of jokes aimed at several big names.

Robert Downey Jr. while facing a trial.Robert Downey Jr. while facing a trial.

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One of those jokes was Ricky Gervais calling Robert Downey Jr. a p*rn star and his 2008 film Iron Man a p*rn movie. Well, here’s something about the Iron Man actor. Robert Downey Jr. is a man who can take a joke very well. However, in the frenzy and chaos, media outlets created a rumor that the joke caused a feud between Ricky Gervais and Robert Downey Jr. The comedian had to take to his blog the next day to clear the air.

“All the same conspiracy theories as last year too… ‘So and so was offended’… “hasn’t been invited back yet’… exactly the same as last time.’Paul McCartney was furious’… no he wasn’t. And nor was Tim Allen and Tom Hanks. I was drinking with them after. Why do people have to embellish? They’re allowed to say they hated it. They’re allowed to say they didn’t find it funny, that it was tasteless, over the top, or whatever. But why do they speculate and make stuff up?”

As for those who stand in support of the comedian, Robert Downey Jr. jokingly retaliated against the comedian by coming up on stage and calling the joke “mean-spirited”. Veteran actor Christian Bale on the other hand… loved the joke!

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Christian Bale Publicly Supported Ricky Gervais After His Joke

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Alongside calling Robert Downey Jr. an adult entertainment star, Gervais also took a deep dive into the actor’s dark past as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Comedy is indeed subjective but it seems that Christian Bale loved the joke too much.

“But many of you in this room probably know him [Robert Downey Jr.] best from such facilities as the Betty Ford Clinic and Los Angeles County Jail.” said Gervais.

Robert Downey Jr. counter replied (jokingly, of course),

“Aside from the fact that it’s been hugely mean-spirited with mildly sinister undertones, I’d say the vibe of the show has been pretty good so far, wouldn’t you?”

And from the alleged “feud” that happened between the two (it didn’t happen), Christian Bale came to show his support for Gervais by encouraging him!

“Thank God for comedians. I’m hoping he’s going to keep going further.”

To clarify the whole ordeal, Ricky Gervais’ jokes were indeed taken as jokes and no offense was given and none taken. The comedian is currently busy working on other stand-up specials and thinking of controversial jokes that people like so much!

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Written by Visarg Acharya

Visarg Acharya, Associate Content Writer, has been heavily involved in movies, series, and history. Having an experience of 2 years in the field of content writing, Visarg is a seasoned writer. Having a degree in Physics, Visarg Acharya has published a dissertation alongside a plethora of poems and short stories along the way.