Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais used
the rumor that John Travolta is gay as a punchline on Sunday's show.
The 49-year-old Gervais took a swipe at
Travolta a month after Carrie
Fisher outed him as gay.
“Not nominated, I Love You Phillip
Morris,” Gervais said in his opening monologue referring to the
gay-themed romantic-comedy. “Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. Two
heterosexual actors pretending to be gay. So the complete opposite
of some famous scientologist then.”
The line hit a nerve with the audience
and Gervais added, “Probably.”
“My lawyers helped me with the
wording of that joke,” he said. (The video is embedded in the
right panel of this page.)
In a December 10 interview with gay
glossy The Advocate, longtime friend Fisher was bluntly asked
about Travolta's alleged gay dalliances.
Fisher replied that “we know” and
“we don't care.”
“Look, I'm sorry that he's
uncomfortable with it, and that's all I can say,” Fisher said.
was threatened by Travolta's lawyers for publishing Robert Randolph's
claim that the 56-year-old actor is gay.