HFPA try to control Gervais' for Golden Globes

January 12th, 2012

Ricky Gervais must submit his script before hosting the Golden Globes on Sunday (15.01.12).

The British comedian sparked controversy with his put-downs and jokes at the expense of some of the film industry's biggest names, including Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp at last year's ceremony and show bosses are taking no chances as he hosts for a third time.

Ricky will also rehearse his jokes on Saturday (14.01.12) in front of members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, producers and NBC executives who can all request changes although they understand he will be difficult to control.

A HFPA spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter: "You can't muzzle him and I don't think anybody has any desire to muzzle him."

As a result of his unpredictability NBC also will present the live event with a five-second tape delay to bleep out any expletives.

Ricky has claimed he doesn't understand why his jokes caused so much outrage last year - but has vowed to be deliberately offensive on Sunday.

Describing his third stint as the "definitely final time" he will host the awards, he wrote on his blog: "Now here's the thing. The outrage I caused was of course, as usual, totally out of proportion to the things I said.

"I don't think anyone had any right to be offended but they were. This year I'm going to make sure their offence is completely justified. The best thing about it is writing the gags. I love writing one liners. Particularly when they can't be used in any other context. It gives them a special weight on the night if you know what I mean."