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Ricky Gervais Returning as Golden Globes Host

Despite saying he shouldn’t do a second encore, English comedian Ricky Gervais will host the 69th Golden Globes Awards on Jan. 15, 2012.

Gervais was voted as host for a third consecutive year by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association after meeting with NBC senior vice president Doug Vaughn.

“Just told Billy Crystal he’d better not use any of my holocaust or pedophile material at The Oscars,” Gervais tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

The HFPA website pointed out in their blog post that Gervais has a checkered past when it comes to hosting the show”

“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. After the show Gervais dismissed the possibility of coming back for a third time, but he gradually warmed to the idea and last month met with HFPA President Dr. Aida Takla-O’Reilly in Paris to discuss it. He  said recently that the idea of going back behind the podium “is very tempting”.”

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