Ricky Gervais says he won't host Golden Globes for a fourth time

Comedian claims he can only enjoy the event in retrospect and has told agent not to let him do it again

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Ricky Gervais says he won't host Golden Globes for a fourth time
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Ricky Gervais has pledged never to host the Golden Globe awards again.

The comedian compered the ceremony for a third time last Sunday, and once again livened up the evening with a string of crude jokes puncturing the pomposity of celebrities at the event in Los Angeles.

But in a post on his official blog he reveals that he doesn’t intend to step up to the podium for a fourth stint, saying: “I've told my agent to never let me be persuaded to do it again.

“It's like a parachute jump. You can only really enjoy it in retrospect when you realise you didn't die and it was quite an amazing thing to do.”

Despite his admission of nerves, Gervais claimed to have "had a blast" and praised the audience at the ceremony, saying: “The crowd were great this year. I think they finally worked out that my gags only seemed rude and nasty but were actually not too scary at all. Or they were just drunker.”

He added: “Either way, it was fun but I'm glad to say I'm off to New York to chill out a bit. Ahhhhhh. And relax."

The 50-year-old’s jibes at this year’s awards ceremony included jokes about Jodie Foster’s sexuality and Justin Bieber’s paternity suit, which went over well with those in attendance.

However, it isn’t the first time Gervais has claimed that he won’t host the awards again.

After his controversial performance in 2011, in which he ridiculed stars including Angelina Jolie, Charlie Sheen and Johnny Depp, he said that he wouldn’t act as host for a third time: "I said I wouldn't do it a second time but I think twice is enough."