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.”