Despite all the brouhaha and hurt feelings that reportedly followed Ricky Gervais’ controversial stint last month as host of the Golden Globes, he’s been invited back to host it again next year.
At least that’s what he told an interviewer for Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper.
“The ratings went up again, and the organizers asked me to consider a third year,” Gervais said.
But Ricky was coy about whether or not he’ll say yes. “I don’t think I should,” he said. “I don’t know what I could do better. I certainly couldn’t get more press for them, that’s for sure.”
The comedian’s performance during the Golden Globes was talked about for days after the awards were telecast on NBC, with civilians and Hollywood insiders alike debating whether Gervais went too far with his sharply worded jibes aimed at the likes of Charlie Sheen, Cher, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie and their movie “The Tourist.” Even the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was not spared, and it was the organizer of the Golden Globe Awards and the people who hired Ricky in the first place.
Among those who were critical of Gervais was Phillip Berk, president of the HFPA. “He definitely crossed the line,” Berk said later. “And some of the things were totally unacceptable. But that’s Ricky.”
However, Berk never said he wouldn’t invite Ricky back. And now, according to Ricky himself, that’s exactly what Berk’s done.