sabato 19 novembre 2011

Golden Globe host Gervais to go out with a bang

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Source: Reuters

Ricky Gervais says he wants to improve on his controversialperformance at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards - by being even moreoutrageous the next time around.

The British comedian said his third time hosting the annualHollywood awards ceremony in January 2012 would definitely be hislast.

But he is aiming to got out with a bang.

"They must be mad. Not sure if I'm flattered that they trust meor insulted that they trust me. Either way... they shouldn't trustme," Gervais said in a statement.

The caustic creator of TV mockumentary The Office last yearinsulted Golden Globe organisers with jokes about bribes and tookshots Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie's critically-panned movie TheTourist that was up for a Golden Globe nomination.

Many of the jokes in the televised broadcast fell flat with thegala audience of A-list stars. The president of the HollywoodForeign Press Association, which hosts the event, said afterwardthat Gervais would not return.

"I don't think anyone had the right to be offended but theywere. This year I'm going to make sure their offense is completelyjustified," Gervais said on his blog.

He asked fans to pass on their "favorite targets for themonologue".

After Golden Globe organisers announced he'd be back one dayearlier, Gervais wasted little time in tweaking more ribs inHollywood. He posted a Twitter message saying that he told Oscarshost, comedian Billy Crystal: "He'd better not use any of myholocaust or pedophile material" at the Academy Awards ceremony inFebruary 2012.

Gervais also gloated over being invited back again, saying itwas a tough decision for him because "I was worried that I couldn'timprove on last year."

"What actually tipped the balance and made me say yes, was thefact that it would shut up all those... idiots who said that I'dnever be invited back," he wrote on his blog.

His hiring will be either a problem for celebrities and GoldenGlobe organizers or a stroke of genius for the NBC televisionnetwork that airs the awards show if more people tune in just tosee what Gervais says.

The timing also will be good publicity for the comedian's new TVventure, "Life's Too Short" which will make its US debut on HBO inearly 2012.

Gervais' new show is a documentary-style comedy about the lifeof a showbusiness dwarf, featuring 1.07 meter actor Warwick Davisas a version of himself.

Johnny Depp also appears on the TV show in a cameo role ashimself, sparring with Gervais over his money-making career andsuggesting that, for at least one Hollywood star, all isforgiven.

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