After receiving a mountain of criticism over the jokes he told at the 2011 Golden Globes ceremony this week, host Ricky Gervais finds himself with a viral hit on his hands. Since the show aired on Sunday, a YouTube file of Gervais' controversial monologue has been viewed more than 4 million times.
During the ceremony, Gervais poked fun at nearly every celebrity in the room, sometimes with sharp comedic jabs, and signed off by thanking God for making him an atheist. As a result, Gervais found himself officially dis-invited to next year's show.
Gervais, who published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal in which he explained his lack of religious beliefs, appeared on the Piers Morgan show and addressed the uproar over his Golden Globe remarks.
"When someone thanks God, I don't get offended. How many people thank God [in an acceptance speech], every time, they say, 'thank God'? I don't get offended," Gervais said, adding, "I'm not mocking them."
Whether Gervais was being sincere, the ongoing debate over his performance at the awards ceremony continued to keep his name one of the most searched terms on Google, and the video of his opening monologue (which does not include his atheist comment), continues to make the rounds on computer screens around the world.
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