Remember back in January when Ricky Gervais hosted the 67th Golden Globe awards in L.A? Remember how he made jokes at the expense of more or less everyone in Hollywood, introducing Jennifer Aniston as “Rachel from Friends” and making a joke about Mel Gibson being an alcoholic? Well, against all odds the British comedian has been confirmed by NBC as the host for next year’s event.

It is fair to say the reviews were mixed for his ceremony hosting debut, with The Associated Press calling Gervais “cheeky, silly and funny as heck” , whilst the Hollywood Reporter described his jokes as “disappointingly toothless” and said the night served as “evidence he can’t carry an entire event”. Others in the audience were clearly offended by his irreverent style, with George “Saint” Clooney shaking his head with disapproval more than once.

However, Deadline report that the star (whose latest film, ‘Cemetery Junction’ , is reviewed here) was seen as a success by NBC, as he helped attract record viewing figures to the broadcast on US television. Gervais himself has expressed surprise at the news, saying:

“I can’t believe they invited me back after awful things I said… Let’s see how far I can go this time.”

It has been a busy year for Ricky Gervais so far, with ‘Cemetery Junction’ in cinemas, HBO’s ‘The Ricky Gervais Show’ airing on UK television as well as a recently announced new six-episode series shooting in the summer.

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This article was first posted on April 28, 2010