Ricky Gervais ‘can say what he wants’ as Golden Globes host

Comedian will host 2016 ceremony on January 10

Ricky Gervais has said that he agreed to host the Golden Globes again once organisers told him that he could say whatever he liked.

The Extras and The Office star will preside over the annual awards bash for the fourth time in six years, having previously served as host in 2010, 2011 and 2012. He takes over from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who jointly hosted the prestigious film and TV event in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

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“They said I could say what I want again,” Gervais told Ellen DeGeneres while appearing as a guest on her show this week. “If I didn’t drink, I wouldn’t be brave enough to say some of the things I’m going to say.”​

Gervais also admitted that the unpredictable nature of how people will respond to his jokes is part of what attracts him to the role. “That’s the fun of it really, because sometimes I don’t know what’s going to happen. So that’s good.”

As well as being asked to host the event on four occasions, Gervais has taken home three Golden Globe awards over the years – two for The Office and one for Extras.

The 2016 Golden Globes take place on January 10. See the full list of nominees here.