Golden Globes say "no truth" to Gervais return

Tue Feb 1, 2011 3:05pm EST
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Golden Globe organizers on Tuesday shot down a report that comedian Ricky Gervais was asked to return as host of their program, following his recent performance in which he skewered the group that gives away the film and TV awards.

"There is no truth to this rumor. We have not asked him to come back. Nice try, Ricky," Philip Berk, president of the group that gives out the Golden Globes, said in a statement.

Berk's statement came in response to an online posting by British magazine Heat of a diary Gervais had written during the week leading up to the January 16 Golden Globes ceremony in Beverly Hills. In the diary he writes that after the program, "organizers asked me to consider a third year."

He also hosted the show in 2010.

The British comedian goes on to say that "I don't think I should" and "two seasons is enough."

Regardless, numerous headlines circulated on the Web about a possible return because his performance at the recent ceremony had been so widely discussed.

The Golden Globes are given away by roughly 90 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and during the ceremony, which is televised live, Gervais joked its members "accepted bribes" to nominate "The Tourist" for best comedy film.

The joke pointed to a lawsuit filed against the HFPA only days ahead of the widely-watched program that its members accepted lavish entertainment and gifts from movie marketers looking for their votes.

Gervais also went on to poke fun at various celebrities, and his performance initially drew negative reviews. But in the days after the reviews, comedians, some fans and others rallied to his defense.

Gervais has defended his performance, telling TV interviewer Piers Morgan, "I'm confronting the elephant in the room. They hired me -- like I'm going to go out there and not talk about the issues in their industry."

(Editing by Christine Kearney)

 
<p>Golden Globe Awards host Ricky Gervais arrives at the 68th annual Golden Globes Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 16, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>