The announcement comes as somewhat of a surprise after The Office creator and UK series star delivered a hard-hitting monologue last year that included zingers aimed at Hugh Hefner, Charlie Sheen, the cast of Sex and the City 2 and Scientologists. Although many believed he went too far, the three-time Golden Globe winner disagreed. "I think last year I didn't go far enough," he told TVGuide.com after the show. "This year, I went about right. If anyone was offended, then I don't care."
Gervais said in August that NBC had invited him to host a third time, but sounded unsure of whether he would actually say yes. "I am [considering it], but I shouldn't do it," he said. "It's a second encore. Don't do a second encore. I don't think I should do it. What am I going back as?"
Gervais recently guest-starred on the American version of The Office and Curb Your Enthusiasm, among other shows, and will next pop up in An Idiot Abroad 2: The Bucket List, which premieres on Science Channel on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 10/9c.
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air Sunday, Jan. 15 at 8/7c on NBC.
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