Gibson and Gervais Trade Barbs in Mel's Comeback

Colonoscopies came up during Gibson's presentation
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2016 9:46 PM CST
Gibson and Gervais Trade Barbs in Mel's Comeback
In this May 7, 2015, file photo, Mel Gibson arrives at the premiere of "Mad Max: Fury Road" in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Mel Gibson has been persona non grata for some time in Hollywood, following a string of headline-making infractions, including DUI troubles and accusations of anti-Semitism and domestic violence. As the Guardian puts it, "There was a time when you would have remarked that Mel couldn't get arrested in Hollywood, except for the fact that arrested was pretty much all he could get." But Gibson showed up on the Golden Globes stage tonight, and that put host Ricky Gervais—who had poked fun of Gibson at the 2010 awards—on the spot.

"I like a drink as much as the next man—unless the next man is Mel Gibson," Gervais said six years ago, and he chastised the Globes' network Sunday night for making him face his target, saying, "I blame NBC for this terrible situation" and adding, "Mel blames ... well, we know who Mel blames," Variety reports. Still, he noted, "I'd rather have a drink with him in his hotel room tonight than with Bill Cosby." Gibson, for his part, played the straight man and just introduced clips from Mad Max: Fury Road—though he did say, "I love seeing Ricky every three years because it reminds me to get a colonoscopy." (More Golden Globes stories.)

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