Ricky Gervais once again ruffled feathers in his third stint as the scathing steward of the Golden Globes.
After last year's shindig, when Gervais insulted nearly everyone in sight, a welcome back for the British funnyman seemed doubtful.
In the event, his close-to-the-knuckle routine did not deter producers from giving him another chance to offend.
The comic once again did not spare the blushes of his audience in a performance which included one expletive, the "f-word" which Gervais blurted out, and which was bleeped, as he introduced presenters Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek late in the show.
"They're ridiculously gorgeous specimens, they're extremely talented and probably very interesting," Gervais declared. "I'm not sure," he went on, as censors instantly bleeped out the rest of his wisecrack, which declared: "I couldn't understand a (expletive) word they said."
Later, when he came back on stage with wine glass in hand, he said it was great having a job that allowed you to get drunk and say whatever you wished and still get paid.
Gervais' monologue did not shock quite the way it did last year, but it had its share of barbs. "Nervous? Don't be," he grinned at the room-full of glitterati at the start of the show, aired by NBC.
"Tonight you get Britain's biggest comedian, hosting the world's second-biggest awards show on America's third-biggest network." He corrected himself: "It's fourth."
"The Golden Globes are to the Oscars," he went on, "what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton - a bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker and more easily bought - allegedly".
He explained he had been warned by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that were he to insult anyone on hand, or "offend any viewers, or cause any controversy whatsoever - they'll definitely invite me back next year as well".