Expect roasting, Ricky Gervais warns Golden Globe stars

Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:21pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Ricky Gervais sure knows how to create award-winning comedies.

But can the co-creator of "The Office" make a success out of hosting the Golden Globes?

Three days before his first stint at hosting one of Hollywood's biggest awards, the wry British comic on Thursday warned the stars of stage and screen to expect a roasting at the black-tie ceremony in Beverly Hills.

Other than that, he was playing it decidedly cool.

"I am pretty calm, because I've got very low standards. I don't really care because they're not going to invite me back," he told TV reporters.

But he quipped: "Anyone who isn't concentrating (on Sunday), will get it."

Gervais claimed he had little prepared for the Golden Globes and would not be working to a script.

"All the stars will be in that room. It doesn't mean they are not going to get a roasting, but I admire them secretly," he said.

Gervais was also in Los Angeles to promote his latest TV venture -- an animated version of hit British radio podcasts featuring offbeat his unscripted chats with Stephen Merchant, with whom Gervais created "The Office," and fellow British wit Karl Pilkington.   Continued...

<p>Executive producer Ricky Gervais answers a question during a panel for HBO's "The Ricky Gervais Show" at the HBO sessions of the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena, California, January 14, 2010. REUTERS/Phil McCarten</p>