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Ricky Gervais on Golden Globes: 'Audience more receptive this time'

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Ricky Gervais has said that the Golden Globes audience was "more receptive" during his third hosting stint, joking that it took them the first two times to fully understand him.

The Life's Too Short creator returned to host the Golden Globe Awards for a third time on Sunday night, following a much-talked about appearance in 2011 when he delivered a string of barbs against Hollywood's elite.

Reflecting on his three hosting stints during an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, the comedian said: "This was my favourite because I think the audience was more receptive. I think it took them the first two to get me."



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Gervais continued: "I think the last time they thought, 'Why is he saying such horrible things?' But I think this time they understood they were just gagsā€¦ or they checked in with security and checked they had a sense of humour to get in.

"Last year they had a right stick up their asses. Maybe they had it removed."

As for whether a fourth hosting role could be on the cards, he said: "It was great and fun and lovely but I think three times is enough for anyone."

Gervais also spoke about the reaction to his jokes, which included barbs towards Justin Bieber, Colin Firth, Jodie Foster and Kim Kardashian this year.

"You can't care what people think or whether they are offended or not because anything you say someone somewhere will be offended and just because you're offended doesn't mean you are right," he said. "Who cares!"

Ricky Gervais at The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards

© Rex Features / NBC



Despite Gervais's insistence that he will not return for a fourth hosting stint next year, NBC executive Paul Telegdy has said that he is welcome to return.

"It's an incredibly bold and brave thing to take on a hosting job and do it for three consecutive years while facing such level of scrutiny," said Telegdy.

"He came out, he was himself, he had a great time and he was backed by the biggest stars. I laughed heartily throughout."

Telegdy added: "We would welcome him back. He is a gentleman and a scholar, I was greatly impressed by him as a host and have totally enjoyed working with him. I'm also a great believer that the only word that should be unspoken in the entertainment business is 'never'."

Gervais's Life Too Short premieres February 19 on HBO, while An Idiot Abroad 2 begins January 21 on Science Channel.

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