Golden Globes president denies Ricky Gervais was asked to host again
Don't get too excited about Ricky Gervais having another shot at hosting next year's Golden Globes.
Philip Berk, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association which puts on the award show every year, denies that the organization ever made an offer to Gervais.
"There is no truth to this rumor. We have not asked him to come back. Nice try, Ricky," Berk said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
Berk was also the same Golden Globes executive who said Gervais "crossed the line" the last time he hosted the ceremony.
Gervais said he was might turn it down because, "I don't know what I could do better. I certainly couldn't get more press for them, that's for sure."
The broadcast drew nearly 17 million viewers for the night, which was slightly more than last year's.
Berk told The Hollywood Reporter that he thinks the comedian "definitely crossed the line."
"Some of the things were totally unacceptable. But that's Ricky," he told the industry paper. "Any of the references to individuals is certainly not something the Hollywood Foreign Press condones."
During the show, Gervais introduced Downey Jr. by giving a list of his recent successful film credits before ending with, "But many of you in this room probably know him best from such facilities as the Betty Ford Clinic and Los Angeles County Jail."
Robert Downey Jr. didn't take kindly to Gervais' joke. "Aside from the fact that it's been hugely mean-spirited with mildly sinister undertones, I'd say the vibe of the show has been pretty good so far, wouldn't you?"
When "Toy Story 3" costars Tom Hanks and Tim Allen presented, Hanks said, "We recall when Ricky Gervais was a slightly chubby but very kind comedian," and Allen responded, "Neither of which he is now."
According to a KABC TV SurveyUSA poll, 32 percent of Golden Globes viewers rated Ricky Gervais as an excellent host, 28 percent as good, 22 percent as fair and only 17 percent rated him as poor. The rest were "not sure."