Ricky Gervais: NBC Still Wants Me to Host Golden Globes

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The unrepentant comedian thinks the HFPA won’t agree to it and says he is focused on producing enough episodes of a new show to be eligible for a nomination.

LONDON – Ricky Gervais says NBC still wants him to host next year’s Golden Globes -- and the controversial comedian is thinking about it.   

“NBC have offered it -- they think they can persuade the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,” he told a packed audience at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International TV Festival on Friday.

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“But I don’t think they will go for it. I love NBC and I love the fact that they have stuck with me through it all. But I don’t think I should do it anyway.”

Pressed by interviewer Richard Bacon on whether he was still thinking about it, Gervais admitted he hasn’t ruled it out.

“I am thinking about it, but I shouldn't do it, I shouldn't do it, I shouldn't do it," he said.

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But Gervais is still unrepentant about his performance. And even if he doesn’t get on board presenting, it might not be his last involvement with the HFPA.

Talking about his new series Life’s Too Short, Gervais said that he and Stephen Merchant had produced seven episodes because that was the only way to be eligible for a Golden Globe.

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“The [HFPA] president, during the Golden came off and said, ‘Ricky Gervais will never be nominated for another Golden Globe.’ In fairness, I had just introduced him as a man I’d just helped off the toilet and helped put his teeth in," Gervais said.