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    >>> an estimated 250 million viewer also tune in to watch the golden globes a week from sunday. for a third year in a row, british comedian ricky gervais will serve as host. remember the fallout from last year? i caught up with him on monday for an exclusive interview. when ricky gervais took to the podium in 2011 to host the golden globe awards for the second time it was clear the gloves were off.

    >> please welcome ashton kutcher 's dad, bruce willis . talking of the walking dead , congratulations to hugh hefner , two heterosexual actors pretending to be gay.

    >> reporter: some of his remarks left the a-list audience speechless, he has the last laugh as he's invited to host round three. you like the tight wire?

    >> that's my adrenalin rush.

    >> did you feel that going into the second time hosting them?

    >> every time i go live or tv or an interview i think i could always say the wrong thing. the thing is with me is there's always two little people in my head, one's going, go on, say it, whatever you like. the other one's going why take the risk? might be funny. might be a hero. but you might be living in a car. you know? which wins.

    >> you did promise you were never going to do it again.

    >> i did, and this is, no one believes me now. now this will be the last time i think, last time for a while at least. but what really tipped the balance was all the people who said i'd never be invited back.

    >> exactly. just dare me.

    >> people should know that reverse eye coming works better than that. i don't like it when he does that. don't you? well here's some more.

    >> here are some of the comments. robert downey jr . got up and called your jokes hugely mean-spirited with mildly sinister undertones. "time" magazine, there's a fine line and another, the front-runner for the show's worst host

    >> i suggested charlie sheen might like a night out. it's going to be a night of party and heavy drinking or as charlie sheen calls it breakfast. many of you know him best as the betty ford clinic and los angeles county jail. please welcome robert downey jr . robert downey jr . spent some time in clinics and he did. i'm not judging him by that. it's a joke.

    >> and i don't want to make anybody think there weren't some rave reviews. jon stewart , a lot of people have an awful lot of respect for jon stewart .

    >> i was offended that a comedian could be that funny on the globe show. ricky was hilarious.

    >> as soon as i heard you were going to do it again, one of two things are going to happen, he's going to tone it down and not risk the controversy or he's going to go in there with his freaking guns blazing.

    >> again there's no contest, and the controversy is irrelevant to me. that's people's opinions outside my jokes. i do it my way, i get lead on everything.

    >> you get to do whatever you want .

    >> and they don't know what i'm going to say and won't know what i'm going to say until i say it.

    >> when you're on stage, am i watching ricky gervais or am i watching a cha, that you've created who happens to share the same name?

    >> the guy on stage is a lot brasher, more arrogant, more confident than me. i tack a deep breath and go out with swagger.

    >> sunday night the 15th we'll see that swagger?

    >> yep. i might even really be drunk.

    >> we're going to have much more of our interview with ricky next week, more on his rise to fame and foray into pop music .

Photos: 69th Golden Globe nominees

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  1. George Clooney

    George Clooney stars as a man struggling to keep his family together in "The Descendants." The actor received a Golden Globe Award nomination on Thursday, Dec. 15, for best actor in a drama. The film was also nominated for best drama and Clooney was also nominated for best director for his work on "The Ides of March." (Fox Searchlight) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Brad Pitt

    Brad Pitt received a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a drama for his work in "Moneyball." Pitt portrays Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's baseball team, in the film. (Columbia Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Leonardo DiCaprio

    Leonardo DiCaprio's portrayal of FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover in "J. Edgar" earned him a best actor in a drama nomination. (Warner Bros.) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Viola Davis

    "The Help" received five Golden Globe nominations and actress Viola Davis, here as Aibileen Clark, is leading the charge with a best actress in a drama nod. The film also received a best drama nomination and Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain were recognized in the supporting actress category. (DreamWorks II) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Meryl Streep

    Meryl Streep stars as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in her new film "The Iron Lady." The perennial favorite received a best actress in a drama nomination. (The Weinstein Company) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. 'Bridesmaids'

    The box-office hit "Bridesmaids" received a best picture, musical or comedy nomination. Kristen Wiig, rear left, scored a nod for best actress in a musical or comedy, but critical darling Melissa McCarthy, front right, was among the noteworthy snubs. (Universal Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo

    "The Artist" stars Jean Dujardin, as George Valentin, and Berenice Bejo, as Peppy Miller, both received acting nominations for their work in the silent film, which led all contenders with six nods. (The Weinstein Company) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Michelle Williams

    Michelle Williams received a best actress in a musical or comedy nod for her portrayal of screen siren Marilyn Monroe in "My Week with Marilyn." The film also received a best picture nomination and supporting actor Kenneth Branagh was recognized. (The Weinstein Company) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. 'The Adventures of Tintin'

    "The Adventures of Tintin" is up for best animated film against "Arthur Christmas," "Cars 2," "Puss in Boots" and "Rango." (Paramount Pictures) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Woody Allen

    Woody Allen, right, received a best director and best picture nomination for his work on "Midnight in Paris" with, from left, Marion Cotillard, Alison Pill and Owen Wilson. (Sony Pictures Classics) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Jessica Lange

    Actress Jessica Lange, left, stars as Constance and Frances Conroy, right, is Moira in "American Horror Story." The FX series received a best television drama nomination and Lange was nominated for best supporting actress in a TV series, miniseries or movie. (FX) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Steve Buscemi

    "Boardwalk Empire" star Steve Buscemi, who portrays Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson on the HBO series, is up for best actor in a TV drama. The show is also nominated. (HBO) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. 'Modern Family'

    ABC's "Modern Family" will be taking on "Enlightened," HBO; "Episodes," Showtime; "Glee," Fox; and "New Girl," Fox, in the Golden Globe category of best TV series, musical or comedy. (ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Zooey Deschanel

    Actress Zooey Deschanel stars as Jess in the new Fox comedy "New Girl" and her work received a best actress nomination along with the show's nod. (Fox) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Johnny Galecki

    Johnny Galecki is Leonard on "The Big Bang Theory." The actor received a nomination in the musical or comedy category. (CBS) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. 'Downton Abbey'

    PBS' period ensemble drama "Downton Abbey," set during WWI at an English estate, is nominated for best television miniseries or movie. It's up against "Cinema Verite," HBO; "The Hour," BBC America; "Mildred Pierce," HBO; and "Too Big to Fail," HBO. (PBS) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Claire Danes

    Claire Danes stars as Carrie Mathison, a C.I.A. officer with suspicions about a Marine who is rescued in Afghanistan after spending eight years in captivity, on the Showtime series "Homeland." Danes received a best actress in a TV drama nomination. Actor Damian Lewis and the show are also nominated. (Showtime) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Peter Dinklage

    Actor Peter Dinklage is Tyrio Lannister in the HBO series "Game of Thrones." He received a supporting actor nomination along with the show's best drama nod. (HBO) Back to slideshow navigation
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