John Travolta calls Ricky Gervais gay jibe 'a roast'

Sun. January 23, 2011 2:52 PM by

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Los Angeles, CA - Actor John Travolta appears to have acknowledged that Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais was ribbing him during last Sunday's show.

The 49-year-old Gervais took a swipe at Travolta a month after Carrie Fisher outed him as gay.

"Not nominated, I Love You Phillip Morris," Gervais said in his opening monologue referring to the gay-themed romantic-comedy. "Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. Two heterosexual actors pretending to be gay. So the complete opposite of some famous scientologist then."

The line hit a nerve with the audience and Gervais added, "Probably."

"My lawyers helped me with the wording of that joke," he said.

On Sunday, celebrity website posted a video of Travolta signing autographs for fans after leaving an event at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday.

"Hey John, how do you feel about Ricky Gervais right now?" asked.

"Well, it's a roast, you know," Travolta answered.

In a December 10 interview with gay glossy The Advocate, longtime friend Fisher was bluntly asked about Travolta's alleged gay dalliances.

Fisher replied that "we know" and "we don't care."

"Look, I'm sorry that he's uncomfortable with it, and that's all I can say," Fisher said.

Previously, was threatened by Travolta's lawyers for publishing Robert Randolph's claim that the 56-year-old actor is gay.

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