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Ricky Gervais returning as Golden Globes host

Ricky Gervais returning as Golden Globes host (photo)

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The Oscars haven’t been the only high-profile 2012 awards show searching for a host. After what must have been considerable backroom discussions, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced that British comedian Ricky Gervais will be returning the Golden Globes stage for the third straight year.

Oddly enough, when Gervais mentioned in February that the Globes were inviting him back, the HFPA quickly responded with the claim, “There is no truth to this rumor. We have not asked him to come back.”

For those who don’t recall, a fairly massive firestorm erupted after last year’s event when Gervais was chastised by his celebrity peers for essentially being too hard on them during his hosting duties. The comic, well known for his biting humor, didn’t hold back throughout the show, mocking everything from “The Tourist” getting nominated after Sony paid for Globe voters to fly to Vegas and attend a Cher concert, to referring to the HFPA’s president with the line, “I just had to help him off the toilet and pop his teeth in.” Gervais was roundly applauded by fans for creating one of the funniest Globes in recent memory, but his relationship with the HFPA seemed at an end. Apparently not.

In a statement, the HFPA said, “While many welcome Gervais’s return, not everyone is happy with the decision because last year his blunt one-liners targeting big-name celebrities caused anger and resentment in some quarters. After the show Gervais dismissed the possibility of coming back for a third time, but he gradually warmed to the idea and last month met with HFPA President Dr. Aida Takla-O’Reilly in Paris to discuss it. He said recently that the idea of going back behind the podium ‘is very tempting.'”

Gervais responded to the news via via Twitter, saying, “Just told Billy Crystal he’d better not use any of my holocaust or pedophile material at The Oscars. He agreed (true).” The tweet included a seemingly just-taken photo of Gervais with Crystal, followed quickly by an image of Gervais lighting up a cigar in a sea of fire.

The 2012 Golden Globes will air live January 15th on NBC.

What do you think about Gervais returning to the Golden Globes hosting podium for a third time? Will that make you tune in? Let us know below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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