Ricky Gervais to host Globes again

This year's telecast hosted by the comedian was up 12%

Ricky Gervais will return to host NBC's telecast of the Golden Globes again next year.

The Emmy-winning comedian will host the 68th annual Golden Globes on Jan. 16, 2011. The unusually early announcement books the host a nearly nine months before the show.

"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.

"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."
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