Ricky Gervais Returning as Golden Globes Host

Ricky Gervais

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updated 11/16/2011 AT 5:40 PM ET

originally published 11/16/2011 AT 6:00 PM ET

The Oscars may have sought to cool the controversy over their awards show, but the Golden Globes are saying: Bring it on!

For the third year in a row, caustic funnyman Ricky Gervais will host the Globes on Jan. 15 despite – or perhaps because of – complaints that he went too far with his remarks last year.

The decision was made after the Hollywood Foreign Press Association met with a top official at NBC, which is airing the awards.

“While many welcome Gervais’s return, not everyone is happy with the decision because last year his blunt one-liners targeting big-name celebrities caused anger and resentment in some quarters,” says a blog post on the HFPA’s own Web site.

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