When you heard Ricky Gervais was back to host the Golden Globe Awards for the third year in a row, you thought it was a joke, didn't you? We almost did, too. After all, some stuff went down last year -- really funny stuff. We took a look back at how this gig came to be -- let it serve as a preview of what to look forward to Sunday.
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Jan. 16, 2011
"It's gonna be a night of partying and heavy drinking ... or as Charlie Sheen calls it: Breakfast."
"I haven't even seen `The Tourist.' Who has?"
"Nothing for `Sex and the City 2'? I was sure the Golden Globe for special effects would go to the team that airbrushed that poster."
-- Gervais, during the telecast
"Aside from the fact that it's been hugely mean-spirited with mildly sinister undertones, I'd say the vibe of the show's pretty good so far." -- Robert Downey Jr.
Jan. 17, 2011
"We loved the show. It was fun and obviously has a lot of people talking," -- Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which puts on the Golden Globes
"What did you think of Ricky Gervais? I didn't like him. I thought he was mean." -- Judd Apatow, at the Producer's Guild Awards
"I think America and Hollywood needs to toughen up. We take ourselves a little too seriously." -- Angela Kinsey, of "The Office"
"The ratings went up, and the organisers asked me to consider a third year." -- Gervais, in a blog post
"There is no truth to this rumor. We have not asked him to come back. Nice try, Ricky." -- HFPA President Philip Berk
"OK, I will host The Golden Globes again, AND the Emmys, AND The Oscars if I can do it with Charlie Sheen." -- Gervais, in a blog post
"NBC have indeed asked me to consider doing it again. However, I think the Hollywood Foreign Press would need an awful lot of persuading." -- Gervais
"Ricky Gervais will host the 69th Golden Globe Awards on January 15, 2012" -- @GoldenGlobes
"Ricky is delighted to be coming back. He said the Golden Globes show is the most fun he has ever had." -- NBC exec Doug Vaughan
Jan. 11, 2012
"Maybe they might be a little bit more chilled out about it this year. Or not. Whatever. I don't care." -- Gervais, to the BBC