January 18, 2011 / 9:12 PM / 8 years ago

Ricky Gervais says won't host Golden Globes again

Host Ricky Gervais speaks at the 68th annual Golden Globes Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 16, 2011. REUTERS/Paul Drinkwater/NBC

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British comedian Ricky Gervais, whose weekend stint as host of the Golden Globes was panned by critics, said on Tuesday he would not host the Hollywood awards show again.

“I’m not going to do it again,” Gervais told celebrity website TMZ.com in a brief video interview on the streets of New York.

“I think twice is enough,” added the creator of hit TV show “The Office”.

Gervais took shots at the televised gala dinner on Sunday at actors Charlie Sheen, Robert Downey Jr, Scientologists, the Golden Globe-nominated movie “The Tourist” and even the Hollywood Foreign Press Association which organizes the annual event celebrating the best in film and television.

But his caustic brand of humor went too far for many U.S. critics, and made some members of the star-studded Beverly Hills audience uncomfortable. Downey Jr remarked on stage on Sunday that the ceremony was “unusually mean-spirited.”

But Gervais, best known as the creator of “The Office” and “Extras”, brushed off the criticism on Tuesday.

“I loved it more than last year actually”, he told TMZ.com of his performance.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant, editing by Christine Kearney

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