Ricky Gervais to host Golden Globes for third time in 2012

Updated: Nov 17, 2011, 13:07 PM IST

London: Ricky Gervais is set to return as the host of the Golden Globes for a third time next year in January.

His close-to-the-knuckle jokes last year, including digs at Charlie Sheen’s drinking habits and a swipe at Angeline Jolie and Jonny Depp for their part in ‘The Tourist’, left many doubting whether or not he would be called back.

Gervais’ jabs paid off in ratings, drawing nearly 17 million viewers to the NBC broadcast and beating out its network competition in that time slot.

The 50-year-old comedian said after last year’s show that he would not return as its host, the Telegraph reported.

The 69th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on January 15 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

ANI