The Golden Globes will be aired on the 28 February and this year’s awards show will be hosted by comedians Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.
Their selection follows Ricky Gervais who caused a stir last year after targeting several celebrities as the butt of his jokes who included Leonardo DiCaprio, Dame Judi Dench and James Corden.
However, he received a mixed reaction from the audience, many of them looking unimpressed.
Gervais, who has been a regular host of the Golden Globes in recent years believes that that tolerance levels of celebrities’ behaviours have dropped.
He said: “People were really sick of virtue signalling people.”
Gervais thinks the public do not want a celebrity “telling them how to live” when their lives have been so vastly different.
He continued: “They were still flying around the world in private jets and have never done a day’s work in their life.”
Gervais opened with his first joke poking fun at many of the audience who consider themselves “woke”.
Gervais recalled: “So, it’s a bit ironic that this is the only three hours that your poorly paid house staff will get to sleep this week.
“So straight away, I laid out the wares and then it built to a crescendo to ‘You are in no position to lecture the public on anything.
“‘You spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg’ they are still jokes but it’s disguised as a rant and I think people reacted to it.”
Gervais has also claimed that the audience “could not relax” until his monologue was finished.
He described it as a “hostage situation”, where they felt the fear of laughing just in case, they were the target of the next joke.
Gervais continued: “Nothing I say is that bad, I only go after their behaviours, their public behaviours and I’d still say it’s a gentle roast.
“I could say a lot worse things about them but I don’t want it to get really nasty and for no reason.
“There still has to be jokes… but they are in no position to lecture the public.”
In one joke targeting Leonardo DiCaprio, Gervais poked fun at the actor for dating younger women.
Referencing his film Once Upon A Time, which runs for nearly three hours, Gervais said: “Leo DiCaprio attended the premiere and by the end, his date was too old for him.”
DiCaprio found the joke amusing and the comedian praised him for responding positively to the jibe.
Gervais said: “When Leo DiCaprio laughed, people loved him for it, you know.”
However, Gervais was less impressed with Tom Hanks accusing him of “being on his high horse” when he showed frustration at a joke aimed at Felicity Huffman.
Former Desperate Housewife actress Huffman, 58, was jailed for 14 days after being found guilty in the US college admissions scandal.
Later in the evening, Hanks took to the stage and said: “We remember when Ricky Gervais was a slightly chubby but very kind comedian.
“Neither of which he is now.”
Gervais criticised Hanks’ response and said: “The big meme was Tom Hanks going, ‘Why is he saying that?’
“People were going, ‘Oh look, he’s on his high horse!’”
Gervais believes his 2020 Golden Globes performance was his “best ever” and doubts it will be beaten.
He believes that a few celebrities need to be put “down a peg or two” because they are privileged.
Gervais said: “We don’t want people to be above it.
“We even let people be privileged as long as they say, ‘I know I’m privileged but I’m nothing really’.
“We don’t like people to go, ‘I deserve it. How dare you? How dare you talk to me like that?’
“If we sense that, if we really think these people believe their own hype, we want to bring them down a peg or two.”
Gervais suggests it is “natural” to do that because actors are paid a vast amount more of money than nurses.
He added: “That’s just luck, that’s crazy really! Why do we pay someone who pretends to save lives more than someone who actually saves lives!”