He'd promised he wouldn’t hold back for his third stint as host of the Golden Globes.
And Ricky Gervais stayed true to his word with a series of blistering jokes aimed at Hollywood's glitterati.
Everyone from Madonna to Mel Gibson was on the receiving end of the acerbic comedian's humour.
Opening the ceremony he said: "The Golden Globes are to the Oscars are what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton, actually: a bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker and more easily bought."
He also poked fun at Jodie Foster over her film The Beaver, starring Mel Gibson.
One of his victims hit back, however.
Madonna took on the funnyman, referring to him as a "girl" after he mockingly introduced her as "just Like A Virgin".
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