The funnyman is back for a third time despite riling up celebrities with his barbs

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The Oscars may have sought to cool the controversy over their awards show, but the Golden Globes are saying: Bring it on!

For the third year in a row, caustic funnyman Ricky Gervais will host the Globes on Jan. 15 despite – or perhaps because of – complaints that he went too far with his remarks last year.

The decision was made after the Hollywood Foreign Press Association met with a top official at NBC, which is airing the awards.

“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,” says a blog post on the HFPA’s own Web site.

Gervais was said to be reluctant to return but “gradually warmed to the idea” after meeting with HFPA president Dr. Aida Takla-O’Reilly in Paris, says the site.

Gervais’s return stands in contrast to recent events at the Academy Awards, which parted ways with show producer Brett Ratner after he gave interviews featuring a homophobic slur and explicit sexual remarks.

Ratner’s choice of host, Eddie Murphy, was then replaced by Billy Crysal for his ninth Oscars.