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'Ricky's Back' - Gervais To Host Golden Globes

Controversial comedian Ricky Gervais will host the Golden Globes for a third year - despite offending many stars at the last ceremony.

"Yes, Ricky's Back!" Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) president Dr Aida Takla O'Reilly announced.

"After weeks of rumours it's finally official - Ricky Gervais will be back to host the Golden Globes."

The association voted overwhelmingly for the British comedian's return and NBC's senior vice president of special events and late night programming, Doug Vaughan, said: "Ricky is delighted to be coming back.

"He said the Golden Globes show is the most fun he has ever had."

In his last outing as host, the acid-tongued joker ruffled the feathers of many with biting quips about Robert Downey Jr, Charlie Sheen. and the movie The Tourist .

While introducing Downey Jnr to the stage, Gervais managed to mention his stints in jail and rehab.

Opening the ceremony, he said: "It's going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking. Or, as Charlie Sheen calls it, breakfast."

The HFPA acknowledged 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".

The upcoming Golden Globe awards will take place on January 15, 2012, in Beverly Hills.