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Gervais' spiteful return to Globes

Ricky Gervais -- whose tart-tongued comments were the talk of last year's Golden Globes show -- has revealed the real reason he decided to return for a third stint as host this Sunday.

"I wasn't going to do it again, but there was loads of people in the press saying I'd never be invited back, and that's why I said yes," he told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk-show Wednesday, reports.

Besides, the British comic said he didn't understand what all the fuss was about.

"I don't think I was nasty," Gervais told DeGeneres.

And he added: "If they saw my stand-up, their heads would explode. People say 'Is there anything you shouldn't joke about?' I don't think there is. 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, you know. It wasn't a room full of wounded soldiers. These are the richest, most privileged people in the world."

A few of Gervais' controversial zingers from the 2011 Golden Globes:

"Also not nominated: 'I Love You Phillip Morris.' Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. Two heterosexual actors pretending to be gay. So, the complete opposite of some famous Scientologists . . . My lawyers helped me with the wording of that joke."

"Our first presenter is beautiful, talented, and Jewish apparently. Mel Gibson told me that. He's obsessed. Please welcome Scarlett Johansson."

It's going to be a night of partying and heaving drinking -- or as Charlie Sheen calls it: breakfast.

"Next up, Eva Longoria has the daunting task of introducing the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press. That's nothing, I had just had to help him off the toilet and pop his teeth in."

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