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Ricky Gervais back on board to host Golden Globes

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Ricky Gervais will return to host the 69th annual Golden Globes in January, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. confirmed today.

Back in August, Ricky Gervais said that he had been invited to return for a third time, despite controversy over his scathing humor at last year’s ceremony, which some viewers felt crossed the good taste line.

‘I love NBC,’ Gervais told interviewer Richard Bacon this year. ‘I love the fact that they stuck with me through it.’ But when pressed as to whether he was considering the offer, he added, ‘I am, but I shouldn’t do it. It’s a second encore. Don’t do a second encore. I don’t think I should do it. What am I going back as?’

His name was mentioned for the Oscar hosting gig vacated by Eddie Murphy, but that role was eventually offered to Billy Crystal.

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Gervais’ new HBO TV series, ‘Life’s Too Short,’ is scheduled for sometime in 2012. The Golden Globes ceremony airs Jan. 15 on NBC.

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-- Joy Press


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