Hollywood braces itself as Ricky Gervais is named Golden Globes host
British comedian Ricky Gervais showed no sign of curbing his biting remarks as organisers announced he will host next year's Golden Globe awards.
In a blog post simply titled "Ricky's back!", the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) ceremony hosts, said: "Yes Ricky Gervais will be back to host the Oscars again in January!"
Following a rush of speculation on Twitter, Gervais posted: "It's a good job I'm drunk. Otherwise the thought of hosting The Golden Globes again would seem like a real pain in the arse."
He then made a jibe at the US Republican 2016 presidential candidate, writing: "Now I want Donald Trump to stop saying things until the day before The Golden Globes."
The remarks echo the controversy the actor caused when he made barbs at some of Hollywood's leading stars in the 2010 edition of the awards.
Next year will be the fourth time that the The Office star has hosted the ceremony, although he returned last year as a nominee and presenter.
American broadcaster NBCUniversal confirmed Gervais had been named host of the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards.
NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said: "We're excited to have Ricky Gervais back to host the most enjoyable awards show of the season in his own inimitable way.
"Disarming and surprising, Ricky is ready to honour - and send up - the best work of the year in film and television. Fasten your seats belts."
NBC added that the channel saw ratings go up 6% from the previous year during the three consecutive years (2010-2012) that Gervais hosted the awards show.
The Golden Globes broke the news to Twitter users by sharing a poster of a shadowy figure emblazoned with the bold lettering: "He's back."
Australian actor Hugh Jackman responded with enthusiasm posting: "THE chosen one!!!!! @rickygervais love it Mate! @goldenglobes".
Gervais joined in by suggestively tweeted a photo of himself accompanied by the words: "I'm making a list. I'm checking it twice. Gonna find out who's naughty and nice. #GoldenGlobes". He also shared the poster imploring users to " Please RT to raise anxiety".
The star and brains behind the popular TV shows The Office, Extras, and Derek has won seven Bafta awards, five British comedy awards, three Golden Globes and two Emmys.
The awards are scheduled to take place on January 10 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles. Nominations will be announced on December 10.