Ricky Gervais, left, and Jane Fallon arrive at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) By Matt Sayles
NEW YORK (AP) -- Three time's the charm -- if that's not the wrong word for Ricky Gervais' third year as scathing steward of the Golden Globes.
After last year's shindig, when Gervais insulted nearly everyone in sight, a welcome back for the British wag seemed doubtful.
But the Globes loves to court outrageous behavior. That meant another turn for Gervais as host when NBC aired the Globes aired on Sunday night.
"Nervous? Don't be," he grinned at the room-full of glitterati at the start of his monologue. He explained he had been warned by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that were he to insult anyone on hand, or "offend any viewers, or cause any controversy whatsoever -- they will definitely invite me back next year as well."