Caitlyn Jenner Responds to Ricky Gervais’ Golden Globes Comments

Days after Ricky Gervais took aim at Caitlyn Jenner, while hosting the Golden Globes, the former Olympian broke her silence, finally responding to the award show host’s comments.

While hosting the Golden Globes on Sunday, Gervais joked about Jenner, saying, “I’m going to be nice tonight. I’ve changed — not as much as Bruce Jenner. Obviously. Now Caitlyn Jenner, of course … What a year she’s had! She became a role model for trans people everywhere, showing great bravery in breaking down barriers and destroying stereotypes. She didn’t do a lot for women drivers. But you can’t have everything, can ya? Not at the same time.”

The “women drivers” comment was referring to a fatal car accident in which Jenner was involved, which left a woman dead. Gervais’ joke was not widely well-received, earning him a fair amount of backlash.

Though Gervais took to Twitter to offer an apology of sorts — tweeting, “Suggesting a joke about Caitlin Jenner is automatically transphobic is like suggesting a joke about Bill Cosby is automatically racist” — Jenner has some words for the comedian.

Asked by a reporter at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday what she thinks about Gervais’ Golden Globes jokes, Jenner offered up a solution to avoid the controversy.

“On Ricky, I think what I’m going to do is call the Golden Globes and see if they need a new host for next year,” she said. “And we’ll solve that problem.”

Jenner may have a chance at the gig — during NBC’s TCA session on Wednesday, the network’s entertainment chair Bob Greenblatt was asked if Gervais will be asked back as Golden Globes next year to which he replied, “I think Ricky made a decision about returning, but we haven’t.”

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