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Saturday 20 September 2014

Ricky Gervais' Globes offer denied

Ricky Gervais during the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills last month

Ricky Gervais has promised to be just as controversial if he is invited back to host the Golden Globes, as organisers denied claims he had been offered a third stint.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which presents the Globes, said there was "no truth in the rumour" he had been offered another go.

The denial came after Ricky, writing for Heat magazine, said organisers asked him to "consider a third year" but he was inclined to turn it down. Writing on his blog, the British comic explained: "You may also have read that I am hosting next year's Golden Globes. This is not true. Not yet anyway.

"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.

"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*** again or even worse."

Ricky sparked much controversy and debate after delivering a string of acerbic put-downs while hosting the awards ceremony last month.

Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Berk denied claims Gervais was offered a third stint as host, saying: "There is no truth to this rumour. We have not asked him to come back. Nice try, Ricky."

Ricky said the discussion took place with an executive at NBC, the network that aired the awards show. He told the Hollywood Reporter: "At no point did I talk to The Hollywood Foreign Press Association. I'm absolutely sure they don't want me back."

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