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04 October 2023

Gervais says no more Globes hosting

Show host Ricky Gervais gestures during the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California. (REUTERS)


British funnyman Ricky Gervais never wants to host the Golden Globes again after comparing the experience to a "parachute jump".

Gervais, for a third time on Monday AEDT, says he had "had a blast" but insists he would not be tempted to return for a fourth time.

"I've told my agent to never let me be persuaded to do it again though," he wrote on his website.

"It's like a parachute jump. You can only really enjoy it in retrospect when you realise you didn't die and it was quite an amazing thing to do."

The Briton, who made his name with the hit TV comedy The Office, caused a stir with his swipes at Hollywood celebrities at last year's awards, but critics accused him of toning down his act too much this year.

But Gervais, 50, says it was his favourite year of hosting the show and described the crowd as "great".

"I think they finally worked out that my gags only seemed rude and nasty but were actually not too scary at all. Or they were just a bit drunker."