TV funnyman and experienced awards host Ricky Gervais has been asked to host the Golden Globes for a third time, despite the controversy surrounding his ‘performance’ at this year’s ceremony.
Criticism over his cheeky comments about stars in the audience led to reports that the British comic had shot himself in the foot, but the US organisers were obviously happy with his performance because they want him back.
Gervais said in this week’s Heat Magazine: “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. You know me. Two seasons is enough. 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.”
Gervais has spent the last few years writing comedy and starring in films such as Stardust, The Invention of Lying and most recently Cemetery Junction – which he wrote and directed with Stephen Merchant.
Copyright Speakers Corner 2017