During his introduction of Best Picture nominee “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Gibson was roasted by host Ricky Gervais, who previously insulted him at the 2010 Golden Globe Awards ceremony.
“A few years ago on this show I made a joke about Mel Gibson getting a bit drunk and saying a few unsavory things,” Gervais said on Sunday night. “We’ve all done it. I wasn’t judging him, but now I find myself in the awkward position of having to introduce him again. Listen I’m sure it’s embarrassing for both of us, and I blame NBC for this terrible situation. And Mel blames Well, we know who Mel blames.”
When Gibson was stopped on the Pacific Coast Highway in 2006 on suspicion of driving under the influence, he asked Los Angeles County Sheriff deputy James Mee, “Are you a Jew?” and then ranted, “The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” Mee included Gibson’s remarks in his initial report to illustrate how drunk the actor was, but said that superiors told him to put the Gibson slurs in a separate report not available to the public. Gibson later apologized for the anti-Semitic remarks.
Gervais ended the show by saying: “From myself and Mel Gibson, shalom.”
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