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Well, that wasn’t so bad, was it?

”Boy, he’s fun,” said Johnny Depp after Ricky Gervais’ six-minute opening Golden Globes monologue, and it’s hard to argue.

The inspired choice of Ricky Gervais to host the Golden Globes in 2010 soured a bit last year, when the multifaceted star’s ”fearless comic” persona prompted him to go beyond his debut in the insult department and leave award-show decorum in an uncomfortable shambles.

”So, where was I?” Gervais began, before proceeding to poke fun (repeatedly) at the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., which presents the Globes; and NBC, which televises them. He even likened the corrupt immigrants in ”Boardwalk Empire” to the HFPA, and quipped that the Globes are to the Oscars ”what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton,” which actually sounds about right.

Gervais danced up to the line with a naughty joke about the Jodie Foster-directed ”The Beaver,” but otherwise there was nothing to make the room or the censors blanch.

Moreover, Depp’s appearance up front reinforced the ”It’s all in fun” mentality, given Gervais’ jabs at him last year over ”The Tourist.”

We’ve reached the first commercial break, and nobody’s been maimed yet.

So far, so pretty good.

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