Ricky Gervais: Golden Globes wants me back next year
February 1st, 2011
10:50 AM ET

Ricky Gervais: Golden Globes wants me back next year

Update 2/1/2011 5:45 p.m.: Well, at least there's one thing both the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Ricky Gervais agree on, and that would be the slim to no chance he'll return to host the Golden Globes. The HFPA's president Philip Berk told CNN in a statement that they haven't put in a request for another round with Ricky.

"There is no truth to this rumor. We have not asked him to come back," Berk said. "Nice try, Ricky."

But earlier, according to Gervais, the organizers asked him to return as host of the awards ceremony next year.

The Brit funnyman tells the U.K.'s Heat magazine, "The ratings went up again, and the organizers asked me to consider a third year. (But) I don’t think I should. I don’t know what I could do better. I certainly couldn’t get more press for them, that’s for sure."

He's not joking. Gervais made headlines for his barbed humor, in which he skewered Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie's film "The Tourist"; gay celebrities and Scientology; and troubled stars like Robert Downey Jr. and Charlie Sheen.

"It’s going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking," he said in the show's open. "Or as Charlie Sheen calls it, breakfast."

Gervais tells Heat, "'I did exactly what I went to do: improve on last year’s and have a laugh. The response was staggering. It was discussed on every news channel and chat show for weeks. The weird thing is, the question is always, 'Did Ricky go too far?' And the answer is always, 'No.' I have yet to find anyone who was actually offended by it."

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  1. lesa with an e

    Poor celeb stars getting a little roasting...boohoo....I thought he was funny and spoke the truth....hope he comes back-the Globes shouldnt be a stuffy event...lighten up HOLLYWOOD..

    February 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JRHM

    Come on people. They are obviously both doing this for publicity. The GG knew who they were asking on! He didn't show them his jokes for a reason, of course they knew that!
    Now if he does host it next year it will be an even bigger story because they both accused the other of lying! Good marketing though.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. paulbmro

    Did Charlie Sheen wanted to commit suicide ? Details here: moviesfan.eu/news/item/303-did-charlie-sheen-wanted-to-commit-suicide-?

    February 2, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. koal

    I found him to be hilarious and will only watch it if he is hosting again.

    February 2, 2011 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. alexa

    Ricky Gervais was refreshing. I've never planned on watching the golden globes, but I would if they had him on again next year. Who cares if the sacred celebs hate him now, he seemed like one of us, joking about what we really think. Everytime a celeb gets a nose job or another facelift they criticize US, natural real people. Who gives a sh.. if they a joke criticizes them once in a while, it's well-deserved. They need to not take themselves so seriously. People need to not worship them and brown-nose. I had the most respect for anyone who looked like they can take a joke.

    February 2, 2011 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. Lisa

    If they had him on again the ratings would go through the roof. Who would not watch? People love to gawk at accidents, they love to see gore, and they certainly wouldn't miss some uppity stars getting burned. You're right they shouldn't invite him back. Ratings be damned!

    February 2, 2011 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. billy

    His HBO special is funny at times, but I turned it off half way through because there is NOTHING funny about child molestation...

    February 2, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cheryl

    Who wants someone to take a shot at celebs? These folks really entertain us. In some cases, they inspire us. How about getting someone who likes the celebs and who can be funny–without dragging someone down. I had to stop watching his HBO special, too. Too meanspirited. Who wants to spend his/her evening watching that? I could just watch Maury try to destroy and ridicule someone's life on national TV instead.

    February 2, 2011 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. Paul Willson

    Only if he is submits scvript months in advance and the GG organizers yank him and end show if he changes ANYTHINGVB., The state should control all media

    February 2, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. jaygee

    Ricky Gervais is one of the top performers whose genius some people just don't understand.
    He tells the truth and in this politically correct world, sometimes the truth hurts. He doesn't require
    cue cards and can write his own material. A true genius of comedy.......and a very articulate one at that.

    February 2, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. Blue

    I think he was funny. Don't think RG did not hold back.
    I am sure he could have taken a shot at Sandra Bullock when he introduced her. He pushed the buttons at the right time.

    February 1, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jeannieb62

    Feeling sorry for the celebrities? Ricky hurt feelings? The poor HFPA? We're on CNN, watch the news. We have extreme weather in the US (homeless are going to freeze to death); extreme poverty around the world, extreme anger and frustration with people not seeming to know the way out–look at the thousands rioting in Egypt and the awful, weird domestic violence right here. I'm not worried about the fragile egos of celebrities who will leave the show and go back to their "difficult jobs", their mansions, expensive cars, live in cooks and nannies, high priced therapists, plastic surgeons, etc. Did you notice the number of really old men with very young beautiful women...looks like they can afford to have whatever they need to comfort them.

    February 1, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. B ecky

    I thought all Ricky's comments at the GG were hilarious!!! Everything he said had been in local news reports, celebs need to learn to take a joke if they were offended.

    February 1, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RCB

    I thought it was sort of like watching those extreme shows, where they show ppl doing extreme sports, and wipe out. At first you kind of close your eyes and squirm... but then they show it again and you watch and find it fascinating, and then the third time you watch it you have tears in your eyes laughing. Is all good... no one got hurt too bad.

    February 1, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joe

    are these all british leaving comments here. Come on people. This guy is not funny at all. Because he is a Brit, he has a job in hollywood or a job period.

    February 1, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  16. truthenazia

    perhaps you'd like to read about another spoiled hollywooder


    February 1, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  17. CR

    He was hysterical....all in good fun...bring him back!

    February 1, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  18. George

    This is just another media scam to generate publicity.


    February 1, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  19. JJ

    'Course they do. Everyone likes to laugh at an idiot!

    February 1, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Frank Mondana

    It is really silly how he's being treated like he insulted homeless, unwed amputee mothers with AIDS. He insulted the rich, famous, and spoiled who in reality deserved it. Sometimes a shot of reality can land inflated ego's back on Earth.

    February 1, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  21. bcalb

    Gervais is not the least bit funny. He actually stinks up the joint. The Globes are desperate and he is not the answer. He should take a fast boat home. Who needs him?

    February 1, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Shelly

    I think he was hilarious. Loved it when he made fun of Cruise ... RG is the highlight of the show, i was multi-tasking and one focus when Ricky is on stage.

    February 1, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  23. TJ

    The GGs are a joke. Why is it that "True Grit" was not nominated at all for a GG but picked up 10 noms for the Oscars??? I guess the True Grit producers wouldn't pay the HFPA.

    February 1, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Roland

    Gervais told the truth. The problem is that truth and Hollywood just don't mix well.

    February 1, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Sam

    If he's on again next year, I won't be watching again. I didn't find him funny.

    February 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  26. chel

    He was the only thing that made it worth watching,he just speaks the truth.Very funny!

    February 1, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Doug

    On Ricky: I was offended. He did go to far. Many people really enjoyed him however just as many people did not enjoy him. Sarcastic humor is hilarious when done with taste. Ricky pushed the envelop to far several times that evening.

    February 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Celebrities trade privacy for 30 million a film (or in Charlie"s case, 2 mil an EPISODE -geez). So everything they do is under a microscope. If you can't handle big bad Ricky Gervais, then pack it up and go home.

      February 1, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • s

      sorry there's no taste in the way these celebrities act, so bring on the roast, they shouldn't act a fool. I like RG he's blunt and tells it like he sees it.

      February 2, 2011 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  28. Victor

    I hope he comes back next year and makes this year's show look like the kinder gentler version.

    February 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Bea

    I am delighted that he is coming back. His honesty is refreshing.

    February 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  30. dave

    No surprise to me. He was slightly shocking and very funny. The best comics are like that. He's a funny f–k!!!

    February 1, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  31. zzabmud

    He speaks the truth but overestimated the difficulty of the job, making fun of Tom Cruise and Charle Sheen is easy.

    February 1, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  32. Tmac

    Why won't they have him back. Just think of the rating of nxt yrs show if RG hosted again.

    February 1, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |

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