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Despite the controversy, Ricky Gervais confirmed to host Golden Globes for a third time

Nov. 16, 2011by: Mike Sampson

So much for being banned, huh?

Despite reports that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was furious with Ricky Gervais following last year's Golden Globes and his controversial performance, the HFPA and NBC have officially brought back Gervais to host again this year.

2012 will be the third straight year Gervais has hosted the awards show.

Gervais commented on his hiring on Twitter saying, "Just told Billy Crystal he'd better not use any of my holocaust or pedophile material at The Oscars."

Following last year's telecast, the president of the HFPA said that Gervais had "crossed the line" and that his jokes were "totally unacceptable." But what they forgot to note was that the controversy brought some much-needed attention to the show that tends to live in the shadow of its more respected older brother Oscar.

Some celebrities, like Judd Apatow and Robert Downey, Jr. weren't fans of Gervais work, the latter saying the jokes were "sinister" and "hugely mean-spirited." But others, like Johnny Depp, took jokes at himself in stride and even appeared on Gervais' BBC series "Life is Short" to poke fun at the controversy.

Frankly, everyone around these parts loved Gervais and his return is probably the only thing that would get me to watch that show. How do you feel?

Source: Variety

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12:21PM on 11/17/2011
Glad to hear this. And for the haters, take a joke, he's a comedian.
Glad to hear this. And for the haters, take a joke, he's a comedian.
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10:50AM on 11/17/2011
He is the best thing to happen to the Golden Globes, and apparently they agree. If he was not going to host, I was going to listen to his livestream.
He is the best thing to happen to the Golden Globes, and apparently they agree. If he was not going to host, I was going to listen to his livestream.
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9:36AM on 11/17/2011
Gervais might just be a two or three trick pony, but the Golden Globes know when they're onto a good thing. His general lack of respect for celebrities might backfire on him or the ceremony eventually, but it's still a fun ride. Referring to Bruce Willis as 'Ashton Kutcher's dad' was probably the most personally offensive thing he said - wonder if he okayed it beforehand - but Gervais is damn funny regardless.
Gervais might just be a two or three trick pony, but the Golden Globes know when they're onto a good thing. His general lack of respect for celebrities might backfire on him or the ceremony eventually, but it's still a fun ride. Referring to Bruce Willis as 'Ashton Kutcher's dad' was probably the most personally offensive thing he said - wonder if he okayed it beforehand - but Gervais is damn funny regardless.
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5:54AM on 11/17/2011
Perfect! A reason to watch it.
Perfect! A reason to watch it.
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3:57AM on 11/17/2011
I try to avoid award shows like the plague, so I really don't care. And Hollywood needs a verbal foot-up-the-ass more than anyone. They take themselves WAY too seriously, and could use some deprecation.

But with Gervais, his jokes feel too angry for me to really enjoy them. When your buddy rips on you for laughs, it's fun. When someone who honestly hates you rips on you? Different vibe.
I try to avoid award shows like the plague, so I really don't care. And Hollywood needs a verbal foot-up-the-ass more than anyone. They take themselves WAY too seriously, and could use some deprecation.

But with Gervais, his jokes feel too angry for me to really enjoy them. When your buddy rips on you for laughs, it's fun. When someone who honestly hates you rips on you? Different vibe.
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9:47PM on 11/16/2011
You misspelled 'controversy'. It's actually spelled: 'ratings'.
You misspelled 'controversy'. It's actually spelled: 'ratings'.
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9:07PM on 11/16/2011

Good Call....

He was the best thing to happen to the awards shows in a long, long time.

Glad to see you back and I personally can't wait.
He was the best thing to happen to the awards shows in a long, long time.

Glad to see you back and I personally can't wait.
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8:31PM on 11/16/2011

YES!

And might I say: FUCK YES.
And might I say: FUCK YES.
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8:15PM on 11/16/2011

Why is this moron still harping his "awkward cliche british comedy"?

I can't stand this guy. How desperate are the Hollywood Foreign Press for TV viewers?

Don't get me wrong...I could care less if celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Robert Downey Jr., Charlie Sheen, George Clooney & Johnny Depp are getting mocked & made fun of by 1 of their fellow colleagues, but the fact remains....the man is JUST. NOT. FUNNY! ...AT ALL!

Ricky Gervais seems to be the living embodiment of a fat, fake-smiling, sub-par British version of Mtv's Tom Green. Just begging to be
I can't stand this guy. How desperate are the Hollywood Foreign Press for TV viewers?

Don't get me wrong...I could care less if celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Robert Downey Jr., Charlie Sheen, George Clooney & Johnny Depp are getting mocked & made fun of by 1 of their fellow colleagues, but the fact remains....the man is JUST. NOT. FUNNY! ...AT ALL!

Ricky Gervais seems to be the living embodiment of a fat, fake-smiling, sub-par British version of Mtv's Tom Green. Just begging to be SOO edgy & can't get an honest laugh in any other form of comedy except for the whole "Awkward [link]-The-Moment/I Love Being An Atheist/Let's Talk About Abortion" gimmick that got VERY old a VERY long time ago. I'm stll waiting for the Gervais bubble to burst. It has to happen soon. I don't find him funny. I find him arrogant and very annoying. He's not creative either. He churns out the same trash time and time and again.
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9:36PM on 11/16/2011
your opinion becomes invaled the moment you thought of putting "anakin" in your name.
your opinion becomes invaled the moment you thought of putting "anakin" in your name.
10:20PM on 11/16/2011
Unfortunately I think your opinion became invalid the moment you misspelled invalid.
Unfortunately I think your opinion became invalid the moment you misspelled invalid.
3:52AM on 11/17/2011
I actually can't stand the guy either. His jokes feel more "angry" than "funny." I'm with Apatow on this one.

He feels like the fat angry nerd who finally got a mic. And I say this as a fat jolly nerd.

I agree with the Atheist stuff too. The dude needs to shut it. He's a zealot about non-religion. It's got a nice "irony" texture I do enjoy, though.
I actually can't stand the guy either. His jokes feel more "angry" than "funny." I'm with Apatow on this one.

He feels like the fat angry nerd who finally got a mic. And I say this as a fat jolly nerd.

I agree with the Atheist stuff too. The dude needs to shut it. He's a zealot about non-religion. It's got a nice "irony" texture I do enjoy, though.
7:51PM on 11/16/2011

Go Ricky Go!

Go crazy this year Ricky, fuck em' all up even worse than last year!
Go crazy this year Ricky, fuck em' all up even worse than last year!
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5:58PM on 11/16/2011
The awards shows this year are going to be awesome. 2 great hosts, and it justs hows the HFPA was full of shit last year, a bit 2 faced! But hopefully this years Globes nominees arent as big a joke as The Tourist being nominated, at the time of the Globes last year, I hadn't seen the movie (But still knew the jokes were 100% on point) then I saw the movie and realized the movie was garbage, and was rightfully mocked at all of it's nominations!
The awards shows this year are going to be awesome. 2 great hosts, and it justs hows the HFPA was full of shit last year, a bit 2 faced! But hopefully this years Globes nominees arent as big a joke as The Tourist being nominated, at the time of the Globes last year, I hadn't seen the movie (But still knew the jokes were 100% on point) then I saw the movie and realized the movie was garbage, and was rightfully mocked at all of it's nominations!
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5:56PM on 11/16/2011
I think the writer of this article needs to do their job a bit better. Robert Downey Jr. was not upset with the jokes, infact he conducted an interview with Gervais a couple of months after the show and they were both fine. It's a non issue that people love to blow up, ridiculous.

Glad to see Ricky back for a third year.
I think the writer of this article needs to do their job a bit better. Robert Downey Jr. was not upset with the jokes, infact he conducted an interview with Gervais a couple of months after the show and they were both fine. It's a non issue that people love to blow up, ridiculous.

Glad to see Ricky back for a third year.
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5:35PM on 11/16/2011
This is great. I really enjoyed him the last two years. I would really love to see Karl and Steve out there too, but that won't happen unfortunately. I don't think they would give them enough to time to come up with someone as genius as the diary of Mr. Dilkington.
This is great. I really enjoyed him the last two years. I would really love to see Karl and Steve out there too, but that won't happen unfortunately. I don't think they would give them enough to time to come up with someone as genius as the diary of Mr. Dilkington.
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5:32PM on 11/16/2011
Best news I've ever heard.
Best news I've ever heard.
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5:24PM on 11/16/2011
Ricky Gervais is the Kim Jong Il of comedy. Everybody hates him but fans enjoy it.
Ricky Gervais is the Kim Jong Il of comedy. Everybody hates him but fans enjoy it.
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7:43PM on 11/16/2011
If that's the case, then Billy Crystal is the Ghaddafi of comedy. It's just that no one has shoved a knife up his ass....yet.
If that's the case, then Billy Crystal is the Ghaddafi of comedy. It's just that no one has shoved a knife up his ass....yet.
5:20PM on 11/16/2011

Forget Ricky...

...how about Karl Dilkingtooooon takes a go at the Emmys, eh? The fucking Manc twat that he is!
...how about Karl Dilkingtooooon takes a go at the Emmys, eh? The fucking Manc twat that he is!
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5:23PM on 11/16/2011
I love the Dilkington episode
I love the Dilkington episode
5:36PM on 11/16/2011
Head like a fucking orange!
Head like a fucking orange!
5:05PM on 11/16/2011

But that shit was funny...

It was so bad but funny as tits
It was so bad but funny as tits
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4:54PM on 11/16/2011
cant argue with the attention it brought can they
cant argue with the attention it brought can they
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