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Third time's the charm for Ricky Gervais -- or is "three strikes, you're out" more appropriate? The comedian, who hosted the Golden Globe Awards for the third time on Sunday, says he had the time of his life... and that he's never doing it again.
"I had a blast actually. It was by far my favourite of the three hosting stints," Gervais wrote on his blog after the ceremony. "I've told my agent to never let me be persuaded to do it again though. It's like a parachute jump. You can only really enjoy it in retrospect when you realise you didn't die and it was quite an amazing thing to do."
The British comedian adds that the crowd was more appreciative than they were last year, when his joking insults met with as many gasps as chuckles.
"I think they finally worked out that my gags only seemed rude and nasty but were actually not too scary at all," Gervais said of this year's audience. "Or they were just drunker."
While the nominees ate up Gervais's routine, the reviews from critics were a bit more mixed. Many reviewers seemed let down that his material wasn't edgier; Time called his performance "decent but tame," while the Huffington Post said that his material was "tired, obvious" and "boring."
But others, like the Chicago Tribune (and us!) thought that his performance struck just the right balance. If anything, Gervais may have set the bar too high for himself by promising to top last year's show. It's pretty hard to shock an audience that's fully expecting to be shocked!
That's not to say his performance didn't offend anyone. It seems that the comedian got an earful on Twitter for his jokes about Justin Bieber's paternity case.
"Getting out of town now. Bieber fans aren't happy with me," Gervais tweeted on Monday morning. "That's some scary s***. Ha ha. Bye LA. hello NY!"