Just four minutes into the Golden Globes telecast, host Ricky Gervais had already taken generous jabs at Charlie Sheen, anyone who had anything to do with 'The Tourist,' certain potentially closeted members of the Church of Scientology, the airbrushed cast of 'Sex and the City 2,' and Cher -- not to mention his very employers, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association itself.

And then the gloves really came off.

When introducing Robert Downey Jr. midway through the three-hour telecast, Gervais said, "He has done all those films, but many of you in this room probably know him best from such facilities as the Betty Ford Clinic and the Los Angeles County Jail."

This dig earned him this instantly classic rejoinder from Downey Jr.: "Aside from the fact that it's been hugely mean-spirited, with mildly sinister undertones, I'd say the vibe of this show is pretty good so far, wouldn't you?" Downey Jr. might as well have been speaking for Steve Carell, Tim Allen and everyone else who became the butt of a joke over the course of the night.

Before we continue, take a look at Gervais' hilariously harsh opening monologue after the jump.