Ricky Gervais knows just how controversial he is — and so does the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. After all, he’s hosted two Golden Globes ceremonies already, so they should know exactly what kind of off-color jokes to expect.
The British comedian returns as this year’s host on Sunday, Jan. 15, and spoke to Ellen DeGeneres about the reason he decided to come back for a third go at the gig: spite.
“The reason I said yes the first time was because I was very flattered,” he tells DeGeneres on Thursday’s (Jan. 12) “Ellen.” “It was a huge global audience for a comedian. I like writing jokes. That’s what I do. The reason I did it the second time, was I thought I could improve on the first. Which, I think I did. I wasn’t going to do it again but there were loads of people in the press saying I’d never be invited back and that’s why I said yes.”
Despite the fact that Gervais has been criticized for being a little cruel to the celebs feted at the ceremony, he thinks they can handle the heat.
“People say is there anything you shouldn’t joke about? I don’t think there is,” he tells DeGeneres. “I just think it depends what the joke is. Comedy comes from either a good or a bad place and I was just teasing them, ya know. It wasn’t a room full of wounded soldiers. These are the richest most privileged people in the world.”