Gervais to Lauer: ‘If You Think It’s Offensive, I Don’t Care’

by | January 11, 2012 at 9:15 PM | Celebrities, Interviews

Ricky Gervais (NBC)


With the Golden Globes just days away, awards host Ricky Gervais sat down with Matt Lauer on “Today” to talk about his perception of humor and his plans for the telecast.

After offending some nominees (as well as audiences) at last year’s ceremony, the comedian told Lauer that he doesn’t believe his jokes are offensive. “If you think it’s offensive, I don’t care, because I don’t think it is,” he said in the interview.

“What am I doing? I’m coming up with jokes and annoying people. I think offense is taken, not given. If you don’t let yourself be offended, you’re not offended. Some people are offended by equality; some people are offended by mixed marriage; some people are offended by homosexuality. What are we meant to do, stop all those things because someone’s offended? No.”

“I’ve heard people call you a genius,” said Lauer.

“I just think medicine lost another genius to HBO,” replied Gervais.

Watch their interview (and Gervais during his days as an 80s wannabe pop star) in the clip below…