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Ricky Gervais: 'Jodie Foster beaver joke wasn't offensive'

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Ricky Gervais has insisted that his Golden Globes joke about Jodie Foster was not offensive.

The comedian hosted the annual awards ceremony for the third time on Sunday night. In his opening monologue, Gervais poked fun at Foster's movie The Beaver, creating a suggestive play on words.



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"I haven't seen it myself," Gervais said of Foster's "beaver", adding: "I've spoken to a lot of guys, they haven't seen it either but that doesn't mean it's not good."

Foster appeared to take the joke in her stride, indicating with a hand gesture that her "beaver" is great.

Gervais has today (January 16) insisted that the joke was not disrespectful, telling TMZ: "I don't think anyone thought it was offensive, did they?"

He added that he thought Foster's sons, who accompanied her to the ceremony, had been brought up to "have a good sense of humour".

The 2012 Golden Globe Awards attracted 16.84 million viewers, dropping slightly from last year.

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See a gallery of red carpet arrivals from the 2012 Golden Globes below:

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