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MATT LAUER, co-host: He ruffled more than a few feathers at this year's Golden Globes , but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is now confirming Ricky Gervais will be back as the show's host. NBC 's Jeff Rossen has the details on this. Jeff , good morning.
JEFF ROSSEN reporting: Hey, Matt. Good morning. Look, if you ever wanted to host the Golden Globes ,
here's exactly what you need to do: insult Angelina Jolie , Hugh Hefner , Mel Gibson , God and Tom Cruise . Ricky Gervais did it last time at the Globes and they just invited him back. Oh, he insulted NBC , too. Apparently that's OK as well.
ROSSEN: Hollywood has a good sense of humor, but Ricky Gervais sure pushed it at the 2011 Golden Globes .
Mr. RICKY GERVAIS: Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor , two heterosexual actors pretending to be gay, so the complete opposite of some famous Scientologists then.
ROSSEN: He took some heat, but heat works when you want buzz. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association just announced Ricky is back again in 2012 . By the way, Gervais skewered them, too.
Mr. GERVAIS: Eva Longoria has the daunting task of introducing the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press . That's nothing. I just had to help him off the toilet and pop his teeth in.
ROSSEN: This will be Ricky 's third straight year hosting. He tweeted Wednesday, "Just told Billy Crystal he better not use any of my Holocaust or pedophile material at the Oscars .
Mr. MATT BELLONI (Editor, The Hollywood Reporter): He's going to do exactly what they want him to do, which is to cause controversy and stir things up and give people a reason to tune in.
ROSSEN: At last year's Globes , Ricky taunted everyone from A-list celebrities...
Mr. GERVAIS: Please welcome Ashton Kutcher 's dad, Bruce Willis .
ROSSEN: ...and Robert Downey Jr ....
Mr. GERVAIS: Many of you in this room probably know him best from such facilities as the Betty Ford clinic and Los Angeles County jail.
ROSSEN: ...to the nominees.
Mr. GERVAIS: Seems like everything this year was three-dimensional except the characters in " The Tourist ."
ROSSEN: Not everyone was amused.
Mr. ROBERT DOWNEY Jr .: Aside from the fact that it's been hugely mean-spirited with mildly sinister undertones, I'd say the vibe of the show's pretty good so far, wouldn't you?
ROSSEN: The producers were reportedly divided whether to bring Ricky back, but this is TV and the ratings talk. The most recent show brought in nearly 17 million viewers. But what will he do this time?
Mr. BELLONI: These award shows tend to be kind of boring and a little bit of the same old, same old. If you can have someone on there that is like, 'Wow, I wonder what he's going to do next,' that's gold for ratings.
ROSSEN: Everyone here in the studio is howling. Just to show you how quickly things change here in Hollywood , just after the last show, one of the organizers said, quote, " Ricky will not be invited back to host the show next year for sure." Now they say the vote to bring him back was overwhelming. The Golden Globes with Ricky Gervais will air on Sunday, January 15th , right here on NBC . And, Matt , I know you'll be watching.
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