Ricky Gervais returns to host the Golden Globes Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Ricky Gervais (The Invention of Lying, The Office) has signed for an encore performance when he returns to host The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 16, 2011 on NBC. This year's show will again be broadcast live coast-to-coast from 5-8 p.m. (PT) and 8-11 p.m. (ET) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Phil Berk, dick clark productions and NBC made the announcement today.

"I can't believe they invited me back after awful things I said," said Gervais. "Let's see how far I can go this time."

"As viewers discovered with our last awards telecast, Ricky's surprising and unpredictable humor is a great fit for the Globes which will continue as a live event across the nation," said Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, NBC and Universal Media Studios. "He's a true force of nature with a wicked sense of humor who always keeps everyone on their toes waiting for the unexpected."

"We are thrilled to have Ricky back as the host of The Golden Globe Awards," said HFPA President, Philip Berk. "His combination of wit, irreverence, and spontaneity makes him the ideal host. He was fantastic last year, and he'll be even better the second time around."

The Sunday, January 17 telecast of The Golden Globe Awards delivered NBC's highest adult 18-49 rating in the time period, excluding sports, in five years (since the 2005 Golden Globe Awards telecast, which averaged a 5.7 rating in 18-49 on January 16, 2005) and attracted NBC's largest non-sports viewership in the time period in six years (since the 2004 Golden Globe Awards telecast, which averaged 26.8 million viewers on January 25, 2004). The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards (5.5/14 in 18-49, 17.0 million viewers overall) scored gains versus the prior year's telecast of 12 percent in adults 18-49 (5.4 vs. 4.9) and 14 percent or 2.1 million persons in total viewers (17.0 million vs. 14.9 million).

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be seen in more than 160 countries worldwide and is one of the few awards ceremonies that span both television and motion picture achievements. The special will be produced by dick clark productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Philip Berk is President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. no_personOrly Adelson, president of dick clark productions and Barry Adelman will executive-produce the special. Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production.