A fairly tame Ricky Gervais took to the stage as host of the 69th Annual Golden Globes on Sunday, with a much milder tone than last year.

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Weeks before the big night, Gervais teased the evening would feature plenty of witty yet insulting remarks, but the jokes seemed flatter and more predictable than last year, perhaps a case of expectations set too high.

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NBC's President of Alternative and Late Night, Paul Telegdy, thought Gervais did a fabulous job, and said at the after-party, "I believe people were prepared after last year, but I would say that he was as disruptive and intrusive this year. I can't see how he could have been more outrageous."

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Rolling Stone reported, "He simply wasn't funny. And when it comes to award shows, that's a much bigger crime than being mildly offensive."

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