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Look Out, Kim Kardashian! Ricky Gervais’ 5 Most Controversial Golden Globes Jokes Ever

No one is safe! Ricky Gervais returns to host the 73rd Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 10, and his performance is likely to generate plenty of controversy, much like his three previous stints as the annual telecast's point person did.

The 54-year-old comic raised quite a few eyebrows with his scathing jokes as host of the ceremony in 2010, 2011 and 2012, poking fun at celebrity scandals, Hollywood romances and even the Hollywood Foreign Press Association itself, which throws the glitzy event.

As the industry's famous faces prepare to brace themselves for what may transpire on Sunday, here are five of Gervais' most memorable jabs from his previous times on the Golden Globes stage.

5. Angelina Jolie's large family (2010)

"Actors are loved the world over. They are recognizable. You could be in the Third World, and you get a glimpse of a Hollywood star, and it makes you feel better. You could be a little child, a little Asian child with no possessions and no money, but you see a picture of Angelina Jolie, and you think, 'Mommy!'" 

4. Mel Gibson's controversies and Jodie Foster's love life (2012)

"I mustn't mention Mel Gibson this year. Not his private life, his politics, his recent films and especially not Jodie Foster’s beaver. I haven't seen it myself. I've spoken to a lot of guys here. They haven't seen it either. But that doesn’t mean it's not any good."

3. The Golden Globes voting for Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie's The Tourist amid bribery allegations (2011)

"It was a big year for 3-D movies. Toy Story, Despicable Me, Tron, it seems like everything this year was three-dimensional … except the characters in The Tourist. I feel bad about that joke. I'll tell you what: I'm jumping on the bandwagon, because I haven't even seen The Tourist. Who has? It must be good, because it's nominated, so shut up. And I'd like to quash this ridiculous rumor going around that the only reason The Tourist was nominated was so the Hollywood Foreign Press could hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. That is rubbish. That is not the only reason. … They also accepted bribes." 

2. Robert Downey Jr.'s troubled past (2011)

"I love this next presenter. He's so cool. He's the star of Iron Man, Two Girls and a Guy, Wonder Boys … I'm sorry, are these porn films? Kiss Kiss Bang Bang? Bowfinger? Really? Up the Academy? Come on. He has done all those films, but many of you in this room know him best from such facilities as the Betty Ford Clinic and Los Angeles County Jail. Please welcome Robert Downey Jr.!"

1. Kim Kardashian (2012)

"The Golden Globes are just like the Oscars, but without all that esteem. The Golden Globes are to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton, basically. A bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker … and more easily bought. Allegedly. Nothing's been proved." 

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