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Ricky Gervais is back to host 2012 Golden Globes

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Story by Jack Foley

CONTRARY to expectations in the immediate aftermath of the 2011 ceremony, British comedian, actor and writer Ricky Gervais will host the 69th annual Golden Globes on January 15, 2012.

The news was confirmed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Wednesday (November 16, 2011), when it posted on its website: “After weeks of rumours it’s finally official – Ricky Gervais will be back to host the Golden Globes for a third year.”

The news comes as a bit of a surprise given the controversy surrounding Gervais’ hosting of the ceremony this January, when his pointed barbs at fellow celebrities including Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr angered some members of the HFPA, prompting then group president Philip Berk to say that he had ‘definitely crossed the line’.

It was also thought that the furore that followed the ceremony prompted Gervais to dismiss the possibility of returning for a third year.

But while his appointment almost certainly guarantees healthy viewing figures, if only to see whether he’ll be given free reign to offend again, not every member of the HFPA is pleased.

Another blog post on the HFPA website from one of its members states: “While many welcome Gervais’s return, not everyone is happy with the decision because last year his blunt one-liners targeting big-name celebrities caused anger and resentment in some quarters.”

Gervais, however, has already come out with all guns firing, posting on Twitter that he’d be targeting the Holocaust on the telecast.

A Tweet read: “Just told Billy Crystal he’d better not use any of my holocaust or pedophile material at The Oscars. He agreed (true).”

He later warned: “@piersmorgan: BOOM! @rickygervais back hosting Golden Globes. Be afraid, Hollywood egos, be very afraid.” It’s gonna be biblical.”

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