Ricky Gervais to host Golden Globes for ‘last time’

Ricky Gervais’ next big gig could be ratings gold.

The tart-tongued comedian will return to host the 77th Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 5, 2020, according to Deadline.

“Once again, they’ve made me an offer I can’t refuse,” he told the site about the NBC gig. “But this is the very last time I’m doing this, which could make for a fun evening.”

NBC could have followed the lead of the Oscars and the Emmys, which both went host-free this year. But according to Deadline, NBC had sniffed around for other comics to host and recently made a formal offer to Gervais, which was accepted.

It will be the fifth time hosting for Gervais, who last hosted the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s LA gala in 2016. He kicked up controversy that time when he poked fun at Caitlyn Jenner’s driving skills, referring to a car crash she was involved in the previous year that left a woman dead.

“What a year she’s had. She became a role model for trans people everywhere, showing great bravery in breaking down barriers and destroying stereotypes,” Gervais said of the transgender celebrity and Olympic medalist. “She didn’t do a lot for women drivers, but you can’t have everything, can you?”

Jenner fired back, suggesting she should sub in as host in 2017. “On Ricky, I think what I’m going to do is call the Golden Globes and see if they need a new host for next year,” she said. “And we’ll solve that problem.”

Gervais previously helmed the ceremony in 2012, 2011 and 2010.

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