Ricky Gervais will return to host the Golden Globe Awards in January 2011, after he emceed this year’s show to a major ratings increase compared to recent years.
The Office co-creator had this to say about his back-to-back hosting gig: “I can’t believe they invited me back after awful things I said … Let’s see how far I can go this time.”
Meanwhile, Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, NBC and Universal Media Studios, explained the decision to bring Gervais back thusly: “As viewers discovered with our last awards telecast, Ricky’s surprising and unpredictable humor is a great fit for the Globes, which will continue as a live event across the nation … He’s a true force of nature with a wicked sense of humor who always keeps everyone on their toes waiting for the unexpected.”
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air live Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.