Ricky Gervais talks celeb Golden Globe digs on 'Ellen': 'I was just teasing them'

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ricky-gervais-324.jpg Ricky Gervais knows just how controversial he is -- and so does the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. After all, he's hosted two Golden Globes ceremonies already, so they should know exactly what kind of off-color jokes to expect.

The British comedian returns as this year's host on Sunday, Jan. 15, and spoke to Ellen DeGeneres about the reason he decided to come back for a third go at the gig: spite.

"The reason I said yes the first time was because I was very flattered," he tells DeGeneres on Thursday's (Jan. 12) "Ellen." "It was a huge global audience for a comedian. I like writing jokes. That's what I do. The reason I did it the second time, was I thought I could improve on the first. Which, I think I did. I wasn't going to do it again but there were loads of people in the press saying I'd never be invited back and that's why I said yes."

Despite the fact that Gervais has been criticized for being a little cruel to the celebs feted at the ceremony, he thinks they can handle the heat. 

"People say is there anything you shouldn't joke about? I don't think there is," he tells DeGeneres. "I just think it depends what the joke is. Comedy comes from either a good or a bad place and I was just teasing them, ya know. It wasn't a room full of wounded soldiers. These are the richest most privileged people in the world."
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