Ricky Gervais wants to host Oscars

November 10th, 2011

Ricky Gervais has offered to host the Oscars.

The controversial comedian - who upset Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie when he hosted the Golden Globes earlier this year - has revealed he would be happy to present the Academy Awards following the departure of Eddie Murphy as the host.

He said: "I'll do it. I'll do that as well. I'll be in town any way for the Globes. I can knock off 20 per cent. A two for one deal! I'll just stay up there."

However the British star admits he is not yet been offered the opportunity to present the Golden Globes for the third time on January 15, 2012.

He told Access Hollywood: "They haven't asked me officially yet, and I don't know whether I'd say yes. It's very tempting. It's tempting because for three hours, I'm the most feared man in Los Angeles, so that's nice.

"I think NBC wants me to do it, but the Hollywood Foreign Press have got to want me as well. It's their event, it's their party."

Eddie Murphy pulled out of the event following the resignation of producer Brett Ratner, who left after making a number of ill-judged comments - including a homophobic slur - in a series of interviews.