Ricky Gervais backtracks on earlier Golden Globes host invitation

Ricky at the Golden Globes

Ricky at the Golden Globes

Ricky Gervais has come out and backtracked on earlier comments claiming he had been asked back to do a thrid stint as Golden Globes host.

The Office star had written in a magazine article that he had been asked to consider doing the show for a third time, but now insists he has no idea if he will be asked back.

After the article came out, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) which oversees the Golden Globes, Philip Berk, was very quick to come out and dispel the rumours.

He said, “There is no truth to this rumour. We have not asked him to come back. Nice try, Ricky.”

Gervais came back to that by saying he had actually spoken to a boss at NBC, the network responsible for broadcasting the bash, and believed to have quite a say in it’s running, rather than anyone from the HFPA.

After his controversial comments at this years globes upset organisers and stars alike, Ricky said, “At no point did I talk to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. I’m absolutely sure they don’t want me back.”

Ricky also spoke about the comments on his own blog, saying, “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.”

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