Ricky Gervais to Return as Golden Globes Host - Are You Happy to Have Him Back?

Thicken your hides, Hollywood, because Ricky Gervais is set to complete the hat trick and host the Golden Globes for a third straight year.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which throws the annual kudosfest, announced Gervais’ return on Wednesday afternoon via Twitter. NBC will, as is tradition, broadcast the comparatively fast-and-loose awards ceremony on January 15, 2012.

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Gervais wasted no time in laying claim to his comedy turf, tweeting that he had already warned Billy Crystal — who is set to host the Academy Awards weeks later, on Feb. 26 — to “not use any of my Holocaust or pedophile material…. He agreed.”

After being criticized for an unexpectedly bland performance during his first turn as Globes host, Gervais drew fire the second time around by taking volatile shots at, for example, A-listers Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp’s performances in The Tourist, Scientology and Robert Downey Jr.’s past drug use, and by introducing presenters in snarky ways (e.g. dubbing Bruce Willis “Ashton Kutcher’s dad”).

In the wake of that broadcast, Gervais went on to defend his performance, saying, “I’m sorry if [people] were offended but I’m not sorry for anything I said. They hired me for a job and if they didn’t want me, they shouldn’t have hired me.

“I mustn’t come out there as everyone’s mate and schmooze. That’s nauseating,” he added. “I’ve got to come out there and I’ve got to roast them.”

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The funny man’s Globes encore was watched by almost 17 million total viewers, trouncing all competition in its time period and on par with the awards show’s previous audience.