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Ricky Gervais says that despite the acrimony over his job hosting the Golden Globes, he was asked to consider returning next year.

In a diary of his experience hosting the Globes for Heat magazine, Gervais says that organizers asked him to "consider a third year." Gervais said he was inclined to turn it down.

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"I don't think I should," he wrote. "I don't know what I could do better. I certainly couldn't get more press for them, that's for sure."

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which presents the Globes, denied that such an offer was made to Gervais.

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"There is no truth to this rumor," association president Philip Berk said in a statement Tuesday. "We have not asked him to come back. Nice try, Ricky."

Gervais' hosting job in January — his second time around — quickly became infamous because of the pointed jokes he made about many Hollywood stars. Berk earlier said Gervais "definitely crossed the line."

The NBC broadcast drew nearly 17 million viewers, slightly more than last year's.

Story: Golden Globes organizers roasted at own show

Finding a host for next year is far from the Foreign Press Association's most pressing concern.

The association sued the show's longtime producer, Dick Clark Productions, in November, claiming the company entered a broadcast agreement with NBC without the association's permission.

Dick Clark Productions has denied wrongdoing and asked a federal judge to dismiss the case. That motion is scheduled to be heard in March.

The organization is also facing a lawsuit by the former longtime publicist for the Globes claiming the association engages in payola schemes for nominations and awards.

The allegations have been denied by the association, a group of about 90 reporters covering show business for overseas outlets.

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    >> let's start with the winners on stage. al and natalie are in los angeles where they have been rubbing elbows with the stars all night long. good morning to both of you.

    >> we dressed up for the occasion this morning again.

    >> absolutely.

    >> i don't think either of us slept much.

    >> two hours maybe.

    >> we did hit the parties, some of them, last night.

    >> we'll show you that.

    >> we had a great time. with all the fun and glamour and an estimated 9,000 glasses of champagne -- i think we had two.

    >> yeah.

    >> it was for sure an incredible night, but it was probably better just to stay up for the whole thing.

    >> reporter: after all the celebrity heat on the red carpet it didn't take long for hollywood's best party to get started.

    >> it's going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking. or as charlie sheen calls it, breakfast.

    >> reporter: a scathing ricky gervais set the tone for the evening.

    >> i don't know if an actress can do her best work until i have slept with her.

    >> reporter: but at the party where the stars come out to play, "the social network " stole the show. officially updating its status to "winner." best drama, best director and best screenplay .

    >> i want to say to mark zuckerberg tonight you turned out to be a great entrepreneur, visionary and incredible altruist.

    >> reporter: natalie portman was aglow as " black swan " earned her best actress .

    >> i want to say hi to my grandma berniece in cincinnati. i hope you're having a drink, grandma, enjoying this.

    >> reporter: and colin firth joked that his best actor win for "the king's speech" would stave off a mid life crisis .

    >> right now this is all that stands between me and a harley-davidson.

    >> long live the king! congratulations. well done.

    >> look, mom, i got a golden globe !

    >> reporter: melissa leo and christian bale came away with globes for supporting roles in "the fighter."

    >> the picture's getting attention and none of us expected that. we all did it just because we got obsessed with it.

    >> reporter: and "the kids are all right" did all right. best comedy and best actress for annette bening .

    >> to the 1962 winner of the golden globe for most promising actor, my husband, warren beatty .

    >> stop you right there.

    >> reporter: on the small screen, "glee" was best comedy with best supporting actress jane lynch and best supporting actor for chris colfer.

    >> most importantly to the amazing kid that is watch our show and that our show celebrates that are told no by the people in the environment, bullies in school that they can't be who they are or have what they want. screw that, kids.

    >> reporter: and "boardwalk empire" dethroned "mad men" as tv's top drama.

    >> holy crap. we just won a golden globe award .

    >> reporter: robert de niro was honored for a lifetime of work.

    >> thank you. i was moved and gratified when you made the announcement two months ago well before you got the chance to review "little fockers".

    >> reporter: but the most touching moment of the night, michael douglas , his throat cancer in remission, came out to a rousing ovation as he presented the evening's final award.

    >> there's just got to be an easier way to get a standing ovation .

    >> really stole the moment. well, as you know, the golden globes are often an indication as to how these movies will do at the oscars. so looking pretty good right now for "the social network " and "the kids are all right."

    >> that's right. there is some thought that maybe "the king's speech" may eke in there.

    >> obviously the studios get behind the films now and really start pushing, pushing. so the marketing teams are going to be working on overdrive, matt.

    >> all right. you two look none the worse for wear and tear, natalie and al. you really do. congratulations.

    >> thank you.

    >> it's makeup.

    >> spackle.

    >> we'll check in later for the fashion hits and misses and an interview with sandra bullock .

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  1. Ricky Gervais

    Back for a second year, Ricky Gervais set the tone early for the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards, recognized as much for its revelry as its prizes. "It's going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking," Gervais began his monologue, sipping from a glass of what looked like beer. "Or, as Charlie Sheen calls it, breakfast." (Handout / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Christian Bale

    The actor won the award for best supporting actor in a movie for "The Fighter." (Handout / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Katey Segal

    The star accepts the best actress in a TV drama for "'Sons of Anarchy" onstage during the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 16. (Handout / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Chris Colfer

    The "Glee" star holds up his award for best supporting actor in a TV series for his work on the Fox musical. (Paul Buck / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Steve Buscemi

    The veteran character actor poses with his award for best actor in a TV drama for "Boardwalk Empire" in the press room at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Annette Benning

    The actress accepts her award for best actress in a movie comedy for "The Kids Are All Right." (Ho / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Al Pacino

    The legendary actor holds his award for best actor in a miniseries or TV movie for his work as Dr. Jack Kevorkian for 'You Don't Know Jack' backstage at the Golden Globe Awards. (Lucy Nicholson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Jane Lynch

    The "Glee" star accepts the award for best supporting actress in a TV series. (Handout / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Robert De Niro and Matt Damon

    Presenter Matt Damon, left, strikes a pose with Cecil B. DeMille Award winner Robert De Niro in the press room at the Golden Globe Awards. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Jim Parsons

    The star of "The Big Bang Theory" shows off this award for best actor in a TV comedy in the press room. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Paul Giamatti

    The actor poses with his award for best actor in a movie comedy for his role in 'Barney's Version' in the press room at the Golden Globes. (Lucy Nicholson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. 'Glee'-ful night

    The cast and crew of "Glee" pose with the award for best comedy or musical TV series at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 16. (Mark J. Terrill / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Melissa Leo

    The actress poses with her award for best supporting actress in movie for her role in "The Fighter." (Lucy Nicholson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Natalie Portman

    The "Black Swan" star accepts the award for best actress in movie drama at the 68th annual Golden Globes Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Ho / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Colin Firth

    The British star poses with his award for best actor in a movie drama for "The King's Speech." (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Michael Douglas

    The star, who is recovering from treatment for cancer, presents the award for best movie drama at the Golden Globes. (Handout / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. 'Social' setting

    The producers of the "The Social Network," from left, Kevin Spacey, Cean Chaffin, Dana Brunetti, Scott Rudin, and Michael De Luca pose with their award for Best Motion Picture -- Drama on Sunday night. (Lucy Nicholson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
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