Ricky Gervais isn't the only one who can crack a one-liner at the Golden Globes. Pop icon Madonna proved just that when she offered a pretty good retort to the comedian's swipe during the ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Gervais got a taste of his own medicine when he poked fun at Madonna, inviting the multi-awarded hit-maker with a sarcastic introduction.
Her Madgesty was fulfilling her presenting duties and just seconds from announcing the winner of the Best Foreign Language Film prize when the trouble started.
"She's always vogue. She's a material girl. And she's just like a virgin," Ricky quipped as he welcomed Madge to the stage.
Those are fightin' words!
The Queen of Pop, 53, didn't hesitate to go off script to deliver her comeback. Madonna shot back with her own gag, inviting the acid-tongued Brit to deflower her!
She threw down the gauntlet as she took to the mic, saying, "If I'm just like a virgin, Ricky, why don't you come over here and do something about it."
"I haven't kissed a girl in quite a few years, at least not on TV," she snipped.
Ricky got the crowd giggling as he pretended to be scared and ran across the stage behind Madonna in a mock escape.
It was a big night for the newly-minted director. Madonna took home the gong for Best Original Song for her directorial debut, W.E. The Material Girl beat out old pal Elton John which must have tasted pretty sweet after Elton took a good-natured shot at her on the red carpet.
"Madonna doesn't have a f***ing chance of winning tonight," the "I'm Still Standing" singer cracked to NBC's Carson Daly.
When told about Elton's comment, Madonna replied, "May the best man win."
Looks like Madge had the last laugh. Twice.
But enough about Madge. Let's get back to Ricky!
There's chatter this morning that The Office creator didn't have as much zing Sunday night as he did during his two previous times hosting the Globes.
Gervais was the subject of harsh criticism in 2011, when he unleashed a barrage of cringeworthy barbs, with nominees and attendees as the punchlines. Last year's controversial hosting performance saw stinging commentary aimed at Bruce Willis, Hugh Hefner, Charlie Sheen, Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie and certain "famous Scientologists" -- who Ricky suggested were gay.
The comedian defended his remarks. And the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which produces the Globes, invited him back to host for the third year running.
There's buzz, however, that Ricky must have been given a very stern talking to before he was allowed back on stage.
When asked during a break if the material was tamer than in years past, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin replied, "Much! Do you think they came down on him or what?"
That's a good question, Aaron.
The only controversial moment at this year's ceremony came when Gervais was bleeped by NBC censors for swearing. While introducing award presenters Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas, he praised the Puss in Boots co-stars for being attractive and talented before adding that he "can't understand a f***ing word they say."
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