Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais lines up Mel Gibson as butt of jokes for 2016 event

Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais lines up Mel Gibson as butt of jokes for 2016 event

Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais lines up Mel Gibson as butt of jokes for 2016 event

Updated 7 January 2016, 16:35 AEDT

Mel Gibson might want to channel some Braveheart strength after controversial comedian Ricky Gervais announces he is lining up the star for his Golden Globes gags.

Mel Gibson might want to channel some Braveheart strength after controversial comedian Ricky Gervais announced he is lining up the star for his Golden Globes gags on Sunday.

The Office creator and star hosted the Golden Globes from 2010 to 2012, and after a short hiatus is returning for his fourth appearance hosting the prestigious Hollywood occasion.

When it was announced the Mad Max star was presenting an award, Gervais gleefully tweeted: "Mel Gibson is presenting an award at The Golden Globes. Thank you Jesus."

But it would not be the first time the Brit has taken a swipe at The Passion of the Christ director.

At the 2010 Golden Globes, Gervais joked: "I like a drink as much as the next man. Unless the next man is Mel Gibson" and "Our first presenter is beautiful, talented ... and Jewish, apparently. Mel Gibson told me that. He's obsessed."

Gervais recently said Donald Trump was also on the comedic chopping block for the 2016 event.

"Trump might get a mention. He's put his head in a basket. I think he's volunteered for that, you know? You can joke about anyone's wilful behaviour. I don't really joke about things that people can't help," he told The Hollywood Reporter.

Gervais has made waves with some of his past jokes, and was told to tone it down for his 2012 script.

In 2011 Charlie Sheen was a target following reports he was struggling with substance abuse: "It's going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking. Or as Charlie calls it: breakfast."

This particular reel of "best bits" also included what was later criticised as a homophobic attack on actress Jodie Foster. In 2012 Gervais said "Jodie Foster's Beaver ... I haven't seen it myself", referring to her film The Beaver in which she starred alongside Gibson.

Not even the audience has been safe from Gervais' quips: "Looking at all the wonderful faces here today reminds me of the great work that's been done this year ... by cosmetic surgeons."

Religion copped it too, when he said: "Also not nominated, I Love You Phillip Morris, two heterosexual actors pretending to be gay — so the complete opposite of some famous Scientologists, then ... probably. My lawyers helped me with the wording of that joke."

Bruce Willis was a victim of Gervais' comedy when he was introduced as Ashton Kutcher's dad. Kutcher was dating Willis' ex-wife at the time, Demi Moore.

And famous playboy Hugh Hefner was not off limits: "Talking of the walking dead, congratulations to Hugh Hefner, who is getting married at age 84 to 24-year-old beauty Crystal Harris.

"When asked why she was marrying him, she said, 'He lied about his age. He told me he was 94'. Just don't look at it when you touch it."

Gervais has already apologised in advance for any offence that may come from his 2016 appearance.

He tweeted on January 1: "Because I can see the future, I'd like to apologise now for the things I said at next week's Golden Globes. I was drunk & didn't give a f***."