Monday, September 19, 2011 4:20 PM
Ricky Gervais has poked fun at his reputation for controversy in a satirically-censored video link address to the Emmy awards.
Gervais, who has previously hosted the Golden Globes award show and drawn criticism for his sharp tongue, told the star-studded crowd he was sorry that he could not be there in person.
"In fact now, during any awards ceremony, I'm not even allowed on American soil," Gervais told the audience.
"This is pre-recorded and the Emmy bosses have warned me if I say anything rude or controversial, they will edit it out and you won't know the difference."
At that point Gervais smiled at the camera and let out a small laugh before saying "what a bunch of cowardly [cut] countrymen."
The audience erupted in laughter at the thought of an expletive-laden Gervais tirade.
The funnyman also reflected on his own experience at the Emmys.
"I've won a few Emmys myself, " Gervais said.
"I've lost a few too.
"I was up for five last year and I lost them all to other shows that in my opinion were absolute [cut] 'Schindler's List'."
The A-listers in the crowd giggled at the deliberately poorly edited attempt to conceal Gervais’ true feelings for his rivals.
Later on in the piece Gervais expressed his admiration for the HBO network.
"Which in my opinion is the greatest channel in the world," Gervais declared.
"Apart from [cut] FOX [cut] that is, [cut] obviously."
Gervais was sharply criticised, particularly by US media, for the way he mocked celebrities when he was hosting the Golden Globes.