British comic stirred up controversy last year with his celeb-skewering one-liners and atheist sendoff.
By Kevin P. Sullivan
Weeks of debate have finally ended. On Wednesday (November 16), the Hollywood Foreign Press Association decided with a vote that British comedian Ricky Gervais will return to host the Golden Globes for the third time, according to Variety.
Disagreement among the members of the HFPA and NBC, the network that broadcasts the television and film awards show, about whether the controversial host should return made headlines this week. NBC was Gervais' most vocal proponent, but factions in the HFPA were uneasy about the "Office" creator after his no-holds-barred one-liners targeted some of Hollywood's biggest names and he thanked God for being born an atheist.
After the fallout from Gervais' last turn as host of the Golden Globes, he told several sources that he no longer wished to host the show again. His feelings toward the job changed in recent months, when he became more vocal about wanting to return. He even went as far as suggesting that if he didn't host, he would offer a live running commentary throughout the show.
Once it was clear that talks of the comedian's return were serious, Gervais came out to explain that the holdup was due to the HFPA's indecision and that he had NBC's full support.
The Globes are not the only awards show with a hosting controversy. After Eddie Murphy stepped down as Oscars host, Gervais joked to Deadline that he would host both the Academy Awards and the Globes for a discounted price.
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