November 16th, 2011
05:17 PM ET
Awards ceremonies are sticking to what they know.
Following the announcement that Billy Crystal will once again host the Academy Awards in February, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has confirmed that Ricky Gervais is returning as host of the Golden Globes.The HFPA says in a post on its website announcing Gervais' hosting gig that they voted to bring the Brit back after meeting with an NBC exec.
This isn't surprising, since we've been playing "will he or won't he return" more or less since January, when Gervais' barbed jokes had many asking if he'd gone too far.
In the days immediately following the ceremony, the HFPA clarified that they didn't condone Gervais' behavior, and that despite rumors, he hadn't been asked back to host the show. That was in February. By March, Gervais was joking about returning, and in August, Gervais noted that NBC was courting the idea of having him back. Earlier this month, the rumor continued.
"While many may welcome Gervais' return, not everyone is happy with the decision because last year his blunt one-liners...caused anger and resentment in some quarters," the HFPA says.
Nevertheless, "After the show Gervais dismissed the possibility of coming back for a third time, but he gradually warmed to the idea." Apparently a Paris meeting with the president of the HFPA helped, because he "said recently that the idea of going back behind the podium 'is very tempting.'"
For his part, Gervais tweeted Wednesday afternoon, "Just told Billy Crystal he'd better not use any of my holocaust or pedophile material at The Oscars. He agreed (true)."
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