Ricky Gervais: 'This Will Be My Last Golden Globes'
Comic reveals he'll be hanging up his MC's hat after next month's ceremony...
Ricky Gervais has declared that the 2012 Golden Globes will be the last time he hosts the movie awards.
The comic, who is due to MC at the Globes for the third time next month, revealed that he would be bowing out afterwards in a piece he wrote for The Huffington Post.
He said: "In between eating, drinking, visiting folks, arguing with extremist fundamentalists on Twitter and plugging various shows and DVDs, (only the last one of these is absolutely necessary, the first few I do for fun) my main focus of the last few days and the next few weeks has been the Golden Globes.
"I've written a few jokes, written and recorded the promos and done the press pics. Now I just have to pop up on a couple of chat shows and do press interviews. The problem is I think I've said everything there is to say about the ceremony really. But that won't get me off the hook. It all started for me in America at the Globes I guess. And now I've come full circle. This will be my last turn as host. At least for a long time anyway."
Many people, us included, were surprised to see Ricky invited back after last year's controversial performance - in which he cracked a series of near-the-knuckle jokes at the expense of the A-listers in the audience.
Commenting on that, he said: "An award show is not a spectator sport. I tried to make it one. I made a choice. Please the 200 most privileged people in the world, in the room, or please the 200 million ordinary people watching around the world on TV? I chose the latter. It wasn't a particularly brave decision, as things like that don't really affect me either way. I don't really count them as part of my oeuvre. They are outside my career, so to speak.
"I host the Golden Globes, like some businessmen play golf. For pleasure. Then, Monday morning, I'm back at work. I don't have to worry about what I say based on who might give me a job one day. If I think it's funny, and/or true, I'll say it."