Ricky Gervais Officially Out at Golden Globes

It’s official—Ricky Gervais is done with the Golden Globes. But contrary to popular impression, it was his own decision.

The British comedian—who raised eyebrows with his edgy jokes while hosting this Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards—was asked by a paparazzo today if he thought that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association would ask him back. Gervais, who also hosted the Globes in 2010, replied,

“It doesn’t really matter, because I’m not going to do it again anyway. I said I wouldn’t do it do it a second year, but I think twice is enough.”

And while his hosting performance this year might have drawn its detractors, Gervais opined,

“I loved it more than last year, actually.”

Meanwhile, the 49-year-old former Office funny-guy cleared up some misconceptions about this year’s Globes—such as that he was temporarily yanked from the live broadcast for his onstage comments—on his blog today, clarifying,

“Obviously the rumour that the organizers stopped me going out on stage for an hour is rubbish. I did every link I was scheduled to do. The reason why the gaps were uneven is because when I got the rundown I was allowed to choose who I presented to. I obviously chose the spots that I had the best gags for. They couldn’t move around the order but I could move around however I wanted.

“All the same conspiracy theories as last year too… ‘So and so was offended’… ‘hasn’t been invited back yet’… exactly the same as last time. ‘Paul McCartney was furious”‘.. no he wasn’t. And nor was Tim Allen and Tom Hanks. I was drinking with them after.

“Why do people have to embellish? They’re allowed to say they hated it. They’re allowed to say they didn’t find it funny, that it was tasteless, over the top, or whatever. But why do they speculate and make stuff up?

“Don’t worry, I know the answer. Because it’s more interesting than ‘it went fine and some people won some awards and then went to a party’. But that’s all that happened.”

Do you buy Gervais’ explanation? And do you think his jokes went too far? Let us know in the comments section—after checking out choice snippets from Gervais’ Golden Globes appearance below: