Ricky Gervais is bowing out of the Golden Globes.
After hosting the awards show for three straight years, the funnyman (panned in previous years for acting downright mean to the celebrities in the audience and criticized this year for being too tame with his jokes) says he has no interest in coming back next year.
"Phew! Thank f--- that's over. I had a blast actually. It was by far my favorite of the three hosting stints - I've told my agent to never let me be persuaded to do it again, though," Gervais wrote on his website Tuesday. "It's like a parachute jump. You can only really enjoy it in retrospect when you realize you didn't die and it was quite an amazing thing to do."
Gervais also said this year's crowd - which included Hollywood heavyweights like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio and Viola Davis - "finally worked out that my gags only seemed rude and nasty but were actually not too scary at all. Or they were just drunker."
"Either way, it was fun, but I'm glad to say I'm off to New York to chill out a bit," the 50-year-old creator of "The Office" wrote. "Ahhhhhh. And relax."
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