Following unease about some of his jokes as Golden Globes host in the US on Sunday night, Ricky Gervais has explained why he was absent from the stage for an hour during the show.

Deadline.com reports that in a statement, Gervais said: "I did every single introduction I was meant to. There just happened to be a long gap. This is because I was allowed to choose who I would introduce in advance.

"I obviously chose presenters who I had the best jokes for. (And who I knew had a good sense of humour.)

"Everyone took it well and the atmosphere backstage and at the after show was great."