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Ricky Gervais Justifies His Decision to Return as Golden Globes Host

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 18th 2011 11:30AM
Ricky GervaisDespite the ribald Comedy Central roasts and numerous Seth MacFarlane cameos, many of Hollywood's elite actually find it a little difficult to laugh at themselves, and they seem to be especially sensitive at awards shows. (Maybe it's the open bar.)

Earlier this year, Ricky Gervais hit headlines on both sides of the pond for the risqué one-liners he unleashed while hosting the Golden Globes, offending numerous celebrities and leading many to opine that he would never be invited back. Yesterday, the comedian proved them wrong when it was announced that he would be returning to host next January.

Gervais then took to his blog to explain why he accepted the job "for a third and definitely final time" -- unsurprisingly, he revealed that it was mostly to prove a point.

"What actually tipped the balance and made me say yes, was the fact that it would shut up all those f****** idiots who said that I'd never be invited back," Gervais wrote. "Is that the wrong reason to do something? Ha ha. I think it is."

Apparently, the wrong reason still felt right enough for the controversial comic, who thought that the outrage he caused was way out of proportion compared to the jokes he used. "I don't think anyone had any right to be offended but they were. This year I'm going to make sure their offence is completely justified," Gervais said.

The comedian admitted that he struggled with the decision to return, but perhaps not for the reasons that those offended might've hoped for. "There were many pros and cons," he said. "I loved doing it, but I was worried that I couldn't improve on last year ... I knew some people would be uncomfortable with me being host. (This was a pro by the way.)"

Gervais is preparing to launch 'Life's Too Short,' another faux-documentary in the vein of 'The Office' and 'Extras,' on HBO in 2012. Created with frequent collaborator Stephen Merchant, the series stars Warwick Davis and will feature celebrity cameos from the likes of Johnny Depp, Liam Neeson and Steve Carell.

The comedian has also invited fans to suggest targets for his opening monologue via Twitter -- watch out, Ashton Kutcher.

The 69th annual Golden Globes will be held Jan. 15 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Do you think Ricky Gervais is a good choice for host, or should the Hollywood Foreign Press Association have nominated someone else?

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