Former Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais has commented on the non-broadcast of this year’s event, saying organisers are trying "to get through this and start again".

For the first time in its year history, this year’s Golden Globes, which takes place on Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton hotel, is not being broadcast on TV and without any big stars in attendance due to a Hollywood boycott over the ceremony’s diversity and ethics scandal.

The full list of Golden Globe nominees

The ceremony’s parent organisation, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, has been embroiled in controversy since February 2020 following an expose in the Los Angeles Times accused it of a lack of diversity in its voting membership and "ethical lapses" in its business conduct.

Catriona Balfe and Jamie Dornan are nominated for Belfast

Gervais has hosted the film and TV awards several times and speaking to The Sun, he said, "They’re trying to get through this and start again. I don’t think anyone’s even been invited. It’s not even a ceremony.

"You can’t predict anything in this world. They could come back stronger than ever and be loved again or it could be the last one.

"You never know. I don’t take anything for granted any more. I just keep plodding on. And whatever happens, happens."

Gervais also reflected on his time as a controversial host, singling out his opening monologue in 2020 as his favourite.

"That one captured the imagination," he said. "The first time I did it, 10 years ago, everyone was like, 'Ah, how can you talk to these wonderful multi-millionaires, how can you talk to these beautiful people, like that? We love celebrities.’

Ruth Negga (left) is nominated for Passing

"By the last one it was like, ‘God, give it to them, we hate celebrities!’"

"I know what it is. With all of the austerity and people struggling, they think, ‘Why are these people lecturing me? They’re going   to an awards ceremony in a limo and are telling me to recycle?’

"People just got sick of it, just got sick of virtue signalling. And they were like a beacon to aim their wrath at.

"The people with nothing became tired of being lectured by people who had everything."

The Kenneth Branagh-directed Belfast is among this year's nominees, with nominations for writer-director Branagh and actors Caitríona Balfe, Jamie Dornan and Ciarán Hinds. Passing star Ruth Negga is also shortlisted.