Last year when it was announced that Ricky Gervais was set to host the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards everyone thought the show would be hilarious. But instead of humor we got (what seemed like) a few alcohol induced ramblings and cheap shots at the audience. The reviews of his performance were mixed and it kind of made us long for the good old days when there wasn’t a host. Unfortunately, NBC and the Hollywood Foreign Press didn’t have the same reaction and have hired Gervais to return next year.

According to EW, NBC and HFPA announced earlier today that Gervais has been recruited to host the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 16, 2011. Their decision not only shocked the general population but it surprised Gervais himself. Even he couldn’t believe that they would ask him back after all the weird things that came out of his mouth last time.

“I can’t believe they invited me back after awful things I said,” said Gervais in a statement. “Let’s see how far I can go this time.”

Apparently his ability to “push boundaries,” is what made him so popular with the network. According to Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming at NBC,

“He’s a true force of nature with a wicked sense of humor who always keeps everyone on their toes waiting for the unexpected.”

Is he on crack? We love Gervais just as much as the next guy but the Globes sucked this year. They were filled with awkward pauses, glances at the camera, and jokes that made people uncomfortable. When you get down to it, the real reason they brought him back may have something to do with the huge ratings boost the show received.

The ceremony attracted NBC’s largest non-sports audience in that time slot with 17 million viewers. Let’s see if they can keep those numbers up in 2011 because something tells us they had more to do with the success of Avatar than Gervais.

What do you think about Ricky Gervais returning to host the Globes? Did you enjoy him this year?