Ricky Gervais has warned Hollywood "be very afraid" after being announced as the host of the Golden Globes in January 2012 - his third time helming the glitzy event. The British comedian was thought to have talked himself out of the job, following last year's show in which he took aim at members of the Hollywood Foreign Press and the film industry's biggest stars.
However, the Hfpa announced the news through Twitter on Wednesday (16 November, 2011), but the Los Angeles Times later revealed how 25 per cent of members voted against the decision, with 16 not wishing to reinstate The Office star as host. Judy Solomon, long-time member of the Hollywood Foreign Press, said, "My worry was that he was insulting, and when I invite someone to my house, they don't insult me.But this is show business. I guess I'm old-fashioned". The comedian has already set to work building anticipation for the event, tweeting, "Just told Billy Crystal he'd better not use any of my holocaust or pedophile material at The Oscars. He agreed (true)", Ricky had previously offered Hollywood a "2-for-1" deal to host both the Globes and the Academy Awards. The comedian later re-tweeted a post from presenter Piers Morgan, who said, "rickygervais back hosting Golden Globes. Be afraid, Hollywood egos, be very afraid" - Ricky added, "It's gonna be biblical".
Last year's show drew an audience of nearly 17 million viewers, with the comedian taking swipes at the likes of Charlie Sheen, Bruce Willis and Robert Downey Jr - the latter of whom was clearly unimpressed.