Ricky Gervais shares scathing ‘opening joke’ for Oscars as hostless ceremony gets underway
Comedian hosted the Golden Globes for the fifth and final time this year
The comedian, who entertained Hollywood stars for the final time at the Golden Globes this year, is apparently watching the Oscars from home.
Twitter user @VBTheWise tweeted: "Question for @rickygervais Jf you were hosting the Oscars tonight, what’s your first best joke?"
Gervais responded: “I can’t wait to hear all your inspirational speeches about equality, and it’s great that the 3 hours you’re here tonight is the only time your badly paid migrant house staff will get some time off to sleep this week.”
This year's Oscars will be hostless for the second consecutive year, but a number of stars will present awards, including Mahershala Ali, Zazie Beetz, Timothée Chalamet, Penélope Cruz, Jane Fonda and Josh Gad.
Olivia Colman, whose performance in The Favourite won her the Best Actress Oscar in 2019, will present the award for Best Actor this year. Joaquin Phoenix is the favourite to win for his starring role in Todd Phillips' Joker.
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