Ricky Gervais is getting ready to host the Golden Globes for the third time -- despite saying he'd never take that stage again.
"What made you change your mind?" asked Ellen in an episode airing Thursday, January 12. "You said you weren't going to do it again. You said, for sure you wouldn't do it and now you're doing it."
"The reason I said yes the first time, I was very flattered. It was a huge global audience for a comedian. I like writing jokes. That's what I do," Ricky explained. "The reason I did it the second time, was I thought I could improve on the first. Which I think I did. I wasn't going to do it again, but there were loads of people in the press saying I'd never be invited back and that's why I said yes."
Was he shocked over the criticism he received after his first and second hosting gigs? Ricky said, "I knew what I was doing. It's the same as standup. I know where the gasp is going to come. I know when the laughs are going to come... I knew all that. I didn't think the press would... I mean, you usually have to kill someone to get that many columnists. They were still talking about it, so I was shocked at the reaction."
Ricky continued, "Maybe they were a taken aback, but I think they will be ready now. And it's going to be more of the same. I don't think I did anything wrong."
Will he cross the line even further this time?
"There is no line and I think people say 'Is there anything you shouldn't joke about?' I don't think there is. I think it depends what the joke is," he said. "Comedy comes from either a good or a bad place and I was just teasing them, ya know? It wasn't a room full of wounded soldiers. These are the richest, most privileged people in the world!"