Ricky Gervais: “I was asked to host Globes again.”

He was blasted from all corners, and praised from a few as well, but Ricky Gervais says he has been asked to return to host the Golden Globe Awards next year.

“The ratings went up again, and the organisers 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 said.

Despite his caustic gags aimed at such targets as Scientology, Bruce Willis, Robert Downey Jr. and even the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, he has refused to apologise.

Writing in this week’s Heat magazine, Gervais mused: “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.”

Even the HFPA agreed some jokes crossed a line.

Gervais, 49, has hosted the event twice.

So far he is yet to confirm any desire to accept, noting, “You know me. Two seasons is enough.”

Update: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which presents the Globes, denied that such an offer was made to Gervais. “There is no truth to this rumour,” association president Philip Berk said in a statement yesterday. “We have not asked him to come back. Nice try, Ricky.”

Source: Daily Mail, smh.com.au

18 Comments:

  1. My point is that I am very disappointed that it was not mentioned here (which is where i usually get info about gay related content) … and the only reason I saw 45 mins of it was that i happend to drop home at lunch time …

    Don’t judge him for coming to terms with his sexuality in his own time … read the book and you may understand. His life is about far, far more than the music.

  2. Secret Squïrrel

    PD – he hasn’t got a great film career as an actor but writing is his forte, and that mostly for TV. Perhaps you’d forgotten about “The Office” (UK and US) and “Extras”? Or his extensive stand-up comedy career? He’s won 7 BAFTA’s, 3 Golden Globes, a couple of Emmy’s, and a bunch of others.

    No-one’s comparing him to Brad Pitt or Anthony Hopkins but I think he could be said to be currently enjoying a moderately successful career. What’s Tim Allen done since “Home Improvement” apart from voice work and a string of Christmas-themed films? Oh, that’s right – “Galaxy Quest”.

  3. Jack!.. seriously? what has this got to do with ricky gervais! being gay these days is no big event.. what did u think they were going to put it in prime time!

    im gay to but its not like a look up to ricky martin as a role model..remember he lied about it for 99% of his career……..

    now back to ricky gervais….. if the hollywood stars get offended then they should be taken out and shot in the head..they have such big egos it makes me sick.. i hope they bring him back

  4. Jack! The only ‘interesting’ thing about Ricky Martin is being a single dad to two sons.

    Perhaps it’s interesting because he is gay like yourself? I don’t mean it in a derogatory way, but Ricky Martin hasn’t been relevant since the late 1990’s.

    We all have ideas about what is relevant, it doesn’t mean that we should judge what other find interesting. I quite like Gervais, but I’m a sarcastic, dry humoured bastard 🙂

  5. @Dan … I can’t ignore him because the sight of him makes me feel ill …

    As i said … we should be discussing something far more positive like Ricky Martin’s powerful appearance on Oprah today!

  6. @Jack! – You must have missed the letterbox drop! Eeeeeeveryone’s talking about Ricky Martin and his insights on being gay.

    @PD – Gervais’ self promotion comedy is what makes him hilarious imo. He’s definitely not for everyone though I can appreciate that.

  7. Armchair Analyst

    It just goes to show that money speaks volumes. If it rates and the revenue is up then you will always be asked to go back and do it again, no matter how offensive you may be. My personall opion is he was great.

  8. @Mason Hell-Cat – More of his cheeky comedy or just more of his endless self-promotion?

    What his performance sorely lacked was some of his trademark self-deprecation. For a guy whose entire film career consists of three flops and cameos in other people’s movies you’d expect him to be a little humble. Sure, nobody saw The Tourist, but even less people saw Cemetery Junction.

    They are just celebrities, and they do deserve to be mocked, but it’s a bit rich for the star of Ghost Town to mock Tim Allen for not having much of a career.

  9. Just ignore him … I feel ill everytime I open this site and see his smug face!

    Move on to someone who actually matters … like Ricky Martin who was on Oprah today talking about his brilliant autobiography, being gay, and his two sons … fantastic show … why were we not told it was happening today!!! I only caught the last 45mins!

    When will it get a repeat???

  10. This from RG’s blog

    You may also have read that I am hosting next year’s Golden Globes. This is not true. Not yet anyway.

    The TV show organisers said they were happy with everything and asked me to not rule out a third gig. However, it is not entirely up to them. The Hollywood Foreign Press and various other committees need to meet and agree. I have no idea if they want me back again. It depends whether they care about fifty delicate egos in the room or the 200 million people watching at home who want a laugh. Also, even if they did want me back, at the moment I’m pretty sure I shouldn’t do it. But I’ll tell you this. If they do invite me back and I accept, I’m going to pull exactly the same sh*t again or even worse.

    Once again, everyone has been warned.

  11. Secret Squïrrel

    The opening sentence of this article makes it appear as if there were a lot more detractors than those in favour. From what I’ve seen, heard, and read from many sources, the vast majority of people liked most of Ricky’s jokes and didn’t think he’d overstepped the mark (altho’ he may have gotten pretty close too it).

    “Brad is the Angela Bishop of online celebrity insider knowledge”. Ouch!

  12. So what if Ricky made up the story about being asked back. It’s the kind of cheeky comedy he deals out in spades and I love it.

    @Dodge – haha! Don’t you know Brad is the Angela Bishop of online celebrity insider knowledge?

  13. This has been proven to be false – HFP came out and denied, denied, denied!

    smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/jokes-on-gervais-over-third-globes-offer-20110202-1actr.html

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