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Ricky Gervais returning to Golden Globes

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

November 17, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Ricky Gervais is returning to the Golden Globes. He has signed on to host the awards show for the third time.

After last time, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which runs the Golden Globes, said he pushed the envelope and occasionally went too far.

Wednesday, the 50-year-old comedian posted a YouTube clip on his Twitter page of his biting monologue from earlier this year, promising "This (times) 10" for the next show in January.

He tweeted, "It's gonna be biblical."

At the ceremony earlier this year, Gervais joked that the HFPA accepts bribes (just after the group was sued for allegations that it engaged in payola schemes) and swiped at stars such as Mel Gibson, Bruce Willis and Robert Downey Jr.

The jabs paid off in ratings. The awards show drew nearly 17 million viewers to the NBC broadcast, beating out its network competition in that time slot.

Gervais initially said after the show that he would not return as its host. Earlier this year, Philip Berk, who was president of the HFPA at the time, denied that Gervais had been invited to come back.

But the organization said Gervais "gradually warmed to the idea" and recently discussed his return with the HFPA's new president, Dr. Aida Takla-O'Reilly.

The 69th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held Jan. 15 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.