Gervais tones down his act at the Golden Globes

After last year's controversial performance, all eyes were on Ricky Gervais at the 2012 Golden Globes.

However despite quips about Madonna, Kim Kardashian and Jodie Foster, the British comedian's performance was notably toned down from the 2011 show.

Gervias joked: "The Hollywood Foreign Press have warned me that if I insult you or cause any controversy, they would invite me back next year..."

One of his biggest laughs of the nights came when he made an unflattering comparison between the Golden Globes and the Oscars.

"The Golden Globes are to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton.

"Bit louder. Bit trashier. Bit drunker. And more easily bought... allegedly."

There were also a few eyebrows raised when he made an innuendo about Jodie Foster's sexuality.

"And I mustn't mention Mel Gibson this year. Not his private life, his politics, his recent films or especially not Jodie Foster's Beaver.

"I haven't seen it myself.

"I've spoken to a lot of guys - they haven't seen it either but that doesn't mean it's not good."

However the actress herself took the joke well, laughing good naturedly and giving him the thumbs up.

Last year critics were divided over Gervais' performance, which included jokes about closet-gay Scientologists and Mel Gibson's drinking.

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