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OTRC: Ricky Gervais says he was asked to host Golden Globes again - will you watch?

Ricky Gervais in a photo from the 2011 Golden Globes on Jan. 16, 2011. (NBC)

Despite his controversial turn as host of the 2011 Golden Globes that spurred outcry by some of Hollywood's biggest stars, comedian Ricky Gervais claims he's been asked to consider hosting again.

In a new issue of Heat magazine, where Gervais chronicles his Golden Globes experience in a diary, Gervais says that organizers asked him to "consider a third year."

Gervais said he was might turn it down because, "I don't know what I could do better. I certainly couldn't get more press for them, that's for sure."

According to the Associated Press, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which presents the Globes, didn't immediately comment Tuesday.

The broadcast drew nearly 17 million viewers for the night, which was slightly more than last year's.

Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Berk told The Hollywood Reporter that he thinks the comedian "definitely crossed the line."

"Some of the things were totally unacceptable. But that's Ricky," he told the industry paper. "Any of the references to individuals is certainly not something the Hollywood Foreign Press condones."

During the show, Gervais introduced Downey Jr. by giving a list of his recent successful film credits before ending with, "But many of you in this room probably know him best from such facilities as the Betty Ford Clinic and Los Angeles County Jail."

Robert Downey Jr. didn't take kindly to Gervais' joke. "Aside from the fact that it's been hugely mean-spirited with mildly sinister undertones, I'd say the vibe of the show has been pretty good so far, wouldn't you?"

When "Toy Story 3" costars Tom Hanks and Tim Allen presented, Hanks said, "We recall when Ricky Gervais was a slightly chubby but very kind comedian," and Allen responded, "Neither of which he is now."

According to a KABC TV SurveyUSA poll, 32 percent of Golden Globes viewers rated Ricky Gervais as an excellent host, 28 percent as good, 22 percent as fair and only 17 percent rated him as poor. The rest were "not sure."

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