Ricky Gervais looks set to return as the host of the Golden Globes, after being spotted by the New York Post dining with Aida Takla O'Reilly, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and Doug Vaughan, NBC's head of specials, two individuals responsible for organising next year's show.
The trio were enjoying dinner and drinks at Chez Benoit in Paris, with an insider saying, "The Champagne was flowing and glasses were clinking". While Nbc enjoyed record breaking ratings for this year's show, Gervais had himself joked he would never work in Hollywood again after making a series of jokes at the expense of Robert Downey Jr, Johnny Depp and Charlie Sheen, among others. Following his announcement that Nbc has asked him back, Gervais came in for a volley of abuse, particularly on his new Twitter page, with some accusing him of attention seeking. However, the British star has fuelled the speculation by linking to the New York Post's piece on the social networking site, adding, "Ooooooh! The plot thickens". Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the star explained, "Last time I said I was in talks to host again, everyone said I was lying. So I'm saying nothing".
Although not everyone in Hollywood would welcome back Ricky's irreverent sense of humour, Nbc will no doubt be looking to secure the comedian for a second year, following the show's monumental ratings in 2011.