"I did every single introduction I was meant to. There just happened to be a long gap. This is because I was allowed to choose who I would introduce in advance. I obviously chose presenters who I had the best jokes for. (And who I knew had a good sense of humor)," he explained of his absence.
"Everyone took it well and the atmosphere backstage and at the after-show was great."
They must have — he's planning to fire back at celebrities even harder this year.
"I knew what I was doing — it was stand-up. I know where the gasps are going to come. I know when the laughs are going to come… I knew all that," Gervais said during his appearance on the Ellen show, airing today. "But I didn't think the press would [rip me for it]… I mean you usually have to kill someone to get that many column inches. They were still talking about it, so I was shocked at the reaction."
He really didn't find anything wrong with his jokes.
"I don't think I was nasty. If they saw my stand-up, their heads would explode," he joked. "People say, 'Is there anything you shouldn't joke about?' I don't think there is. I just think it depends what the joke is. I think comedy comes from either a good or a bad place, and I was just teasing them, ya know? It wasn't a room full of wounded soldiers. These are the richest, most privileged people in the world."
We can't wait for Sunday.
Watch Ricky Gervais talk Golden Globes on Ellen
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