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Globes Sponsor: Ricky Gervais Was Not Asked to Host Next Year

Host Ricky Gervais during the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Jan. 16, 2011, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater) Paul Drinkwater

NEW YORK (CBS) The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has denied reports that claim Ricky Gervais was asked to host the Golden Globe Awards for a third time.

"There is no truth to this rumor," president Phil Berk said in a statement to Access Hollywood on Tuesday. "We have not asked him to come back. Nice try, Ricky."

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Despite facing criticismover his job hosting the award show last month, the British comedian told Heat magazine that he'd been ask to "consider a third year" by organizers because "the ratings went up again."

After Berk issued the statement, Gervais clarified the situation to The Hollywood Reporter and said "at no point did I talk to the HFPA. I'm absolutely sure they don't want me back."

Gervais said it was an exec at NBC, the network that aired the show, that asked him to consider a return.

He further explained the informal offer on his blog, adding his return "depends whether they care about fifty delicate egos in the room or the 200 million people watching at home who want a laugh."

"Also, even if they did want me back, at the moment I'm pretty sure I shouldn't do it," he wrote. "But I'll tell you this. If they do invite me back and I accept, I'm going to pull exactly the same sh*t again or even worse."

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