Ricky Gervais Back At Helm Of Golden Globes, Following Last Year's Jabs At Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp

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Ricky Gervais will be back at the helm of the Golden Globes for the third time in January | PA

Ricky Gervais is returning as host of the Golden Globes.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced on Twitter that Gervais will take his third turn as Globes host in January.

Gervais left some wondering if he would be back after his performance at this year's show, when he took pointed jabs at Hollywood stars and the HFPA, which puts on the annual ceremony.

The 50-year-old comedian posted a YouTube clip on his Twitter page of his biting opening monologue from the 2011 show, promising "This (times) 10".

At the ceremony earlier this year, Gervais joked that the HFPA accepts bribes (just after the group was sued for allegations that it engaged in payola schemes) and swiped at stars such as Mel Gibson, Bruce Willis and Robert Downey Jr.

"I'm telling you now If you don't like it... (Expletive) you! If you do like it.. Love you!" Gervais tweeted.

The HFPA acknowledged on its website that "not everyone is happy with the decision" to bring Gervais back because "his blunt one-liners targeting big-name celebrities caused anger and resentment in some quarters".

Robert Downey said during the ceremony: "Aside from the fact that it's been hugely mean-spirited, with mildly sinister undertones, I'd say the vibe of the show is pretty good so far, wouldn't you?"

The HFPA said after the show that Gervais "pushed the envelope and occasionally went too far".

Still, the jabs paid off in ratings, drawing nearly 17 million viewers to the NBC broadcast and beating out its network competition in that time slot.

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