‘They shouldn’t trust me’

RICKY GERVAIS SAYS he wants to improve on his controversial performance at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards — by being even more outrageous the next time around.

By (Reuters)

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Published: Mon 21 Nov 2011, 7:36 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 7:15 AM

The British comedian said his third time hosting the annual Hollywood awards ceremony in January 2012 would definitely be his last.

But he is aiming to got out with a bang.

“They must be mad. Not sure if I’m flattered that they trust me or insulted that they trust me. Either way...they shouldn’t trust me,” Gervais said in a statement.

The caustic creator of TV mockumentary The Office last year insulted Golden Globe organisers with jokes about bribes and took shots Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie’s critically-panned movie The Tourist that was up for a Golden Globe nomination.

The president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hosts the event, said afterward that Gervais would not return.

“I don’t think anyone had the right to be offended but they were. This year I’m going to make sure their offence is completely justified,” Gervais said on his blog.

Gervais also gloated over being invited back again, saying it was a tough decision for him because “I was worried that I couldn’t improve on last year.”

“What actually tipped the balance and made me say yes, was the fact that it would shut up all those...idiots who said that I’d never be invited back,” he wrote on his blog.

His hiring will be a problem for celebrities and Golden Globe organisers, but a stroke of genius for the NBC network that airs the awards show if more people tune in to see what Gervais says.

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