UPDATE: Ricky Gervais has clarified that it was not the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. which asked him to emcee the Golden Globes again next year but NBC. As he wrote on his blog:
“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 s**t again or even worse.
Once again, everyone has been warned.”
HFPA president Phil Berk had issued this denial at the notion that the group wanted Gervais back as hot : “There is no truth to this rumor. We have not asked him to come back. Nice try, Ricky.”
Gervais certainly played fast and loose as host of these kudos for the second year running, taking potshots at the HFPA and various nominees. As Gervais wrote in his wry recap of the week for Heat magazine: “The ratings went up again and the organisers asked me to consider a third year. I don’t think I should.” As he notes, “I don’t know what I could do better. I certainly couldn’t get more press for them, that’s for sure.” And, he explains, “You know me. Two seasons is enough.”
This will come as bad news to our readers who responded to our poll and overwhelmingly endorsed the English comedian’s performance at the podium: 42% of you thought he was simply the best while another 33% said he went too far but was still fun to watch. Indeed, only 15% of respondents gave him the thumbs down.