November 18th, 2011
11:50 AM ET
It seemed Ricky Gervais had killed any chance he had of hosting the Golden Globes again after his criticized performance earlier this year, but that wasn't the case. The 50-year-old British comedian will host the Globes for a third time on January 15.
Gervais says in a post on his website that it was a tough decision to return, and writes that this will "definitely" be the "final time."
"There were many pros and cons," he says of mulling over the job offer. "I loved [hosting], but I was worried that I couldn't improve on last year."
And then there's the fact that he's "in L.A. anyway as I'm launching 'Life's Too Short' on HBO," but he also didn't want his hosting job to overshadow the Brit comedy's arrival overseas. The idea that "some people would be uncomfortable with me being the host" was actually a pro, Gervais writes.
In the end, what convinced him to say yes was to prove that he could. Being host again "would shut up all those f--–g idiots who said that I'd never be invited back. Is that the wrong reason for doing something? Ha ha. I think it is."
Either way, those who will be in attendance at the ceremony should steel themselves for Gervais' typical humor.
"The outrage I caused was of course, as usual, totally out of proportion to the things I said....This year I'm going to make sure their offence is completely justified," he promises. "I love writing one liners. Particularly when they can't be used in any other context. It gives them a special weight on the night if you know what I mean. Follow me on Twitter and let me know your favourite targets for the monologue. I'm enjoying it already."
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