Totally shocking news out of Hollywood: after weeks of playing footsie, Ricky Gervais will return as host of the Golden Globes for the third time. Variety reports that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association decided to bring Gervais back after taking a vote among its members. (You'll recall Deadline reported a decision on Gervais would come sometime this week.) No official deal has been announced -- Variety hears that some details need to be "ironed out" -- but basically all systems are go for a Gervais return to the Globes in January. Sorry, Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie and God! Watch Gervais's Globes monologue from this year to remember why his return was in question at all. ("In question.")
UPDATE: In a post on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association website, John Hiscock, HFPA member, wrote that while Gervais is back, "not everyone is happy with the decision because last year his blunt one-liners targeting big-name celebrities caused anger and resentment in some quarters."
As for Gervais, he tweeted a picture of himself and Oscar host Billy Crystal with the following quote: "Just told Billy Crystal he'd better not use any of my holocaust or pedophile material at The Oscars. He agreed (true)."
The Golden Globes air on NBC on Jan. 16, 2012.
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