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Ricky Gervais will host Golden Globes next year

Ricky The Emmy-winning comedian will host the 68th annual Golden Globes on Jan. 16, 2011.

"I can’t believe they invited me back after awful things I said," Gervais said in a statement. "Let’s see how far I can go this time." 

This year's telecast hosted by Gervais was up 12% from the previous year (17 million viewers, 5.5 rating in the demo), though critics were mixed on his performance. Despite Gervais' quote above, some  thought he was surprisingly tame. Still, Gervais always brings the expectation of the unexpected, which is more than one can say for most awards show host candidates.

"As viewers discovered with our last awards telecast, Ricky’s surprising and unpredictable humor is a great fit for the Globes, which will continue as a live event across the nation," said Paul Telegdy, president of alternative at NBC. "He’s a true force of nature with a wicked sense of humor who always keeps everyone on their toes waiting for the unexpected."

Here's one of Gervais' more wicked moments from this year's show ...