*Ricky Gervais has apologized for mispronouncing Quvenzhane Wallis’ name at the Golden Globe awards.
The comedian pronounced the “Annie” star’s name as “Quaven Johhny” as he read out the nominees for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical but insisted he hadn’t made as big a gaffe as John Travolta did at the 2014 Oscars, when he introduced Idina Menzel as “Adele Dazeem.”
Gervais told “Access Hollywood”: “They [awards producers] told me it was like ‘Revenge-Johnny, Quaven-Johhny’ they told me that.
”I apologize to her and anyone else with that name. I did better than John Travolta though, didn’t I?! Gimme that! Nine out of ten? Everybody’s a critic!”
The 53-year-old comic didn’t initially realize he had mispronounced the 11-year-old actress’ name as he told the audience he had been practicing to avoid having a ”John Travolta moment.”
Speaking on stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel after reading the list of nominees, he said: ”I’ve been practicing saying that last night, so I don’t have a John Travolta moment, but I got away with it. …I still watch that on YouTube, it’s brilliant, it’s just brilliant!”