Graham Norton Show: Ricky Gervais awkwardly forgets meeting Elizabeth Banks at Golden Globes

Comedian tried to wriggle his way out of embarrassment before admitting he couldn't remember

Jacob Stolworthy
Saturday 23 November 2019 09:18
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Ricky Gervais forgets meeting Elizabeth Banks at Golden Globes

Ricky Gervais admitted he couldn't remember a previous encounter he had with Elizabeth Banks while sat next to her during an appearance on The Graham Norton Show.

The pair were featured on Friday's episode (22 November) alongside Kylie Minogue, when Banks – who is promoting her new Charlie's Angels film – said: "The first time I ever met you was at the Golden Globes."

Uncertain, Gervais replied: "Yeah, you came over to..." before Banks cut him off by saying: "You do not remember that – there's no way you remember that."

Banks laughed as the comedian then admitted that his researcher reminded him of the moment backstage.

"You're very sweet," she said, as Gervais attempted to explain why he couldn't remember in the first place.

"There were loads of people coming over, it was crazy," he said, as Banks interjected: "Really? You were standing by yourself when I came over."

Gervais – who will return in the second season of his Netflix show After Life next year – will host the Golden Globes for the "fifth and final time" in 2020.

Banks's new Charlie's Angels film, starring actors Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska, has flopped at the US box office.

It opened to a dismal $8 million (£6.1m) in its first three days of release, with the film costing a reported $48m (£37m) to produce.

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