Lorenzo Soria, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, said Gervais’ return meant audiences should “expect the unexpected”.
The 58-year-old hosted the awards ceremony for three consecutive years from 2010-12, and once again in 2016.
“There is always a palpable electricity in the room when Ricky takes the Globes stage,” said Paul Telegdy, chairman of NBC Entertainment.
“We can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeve.”
And with the news of Ricky’s return to hosting duties, we take a look back at some of his most savage jokes from past Golden Globes ceremonies.
“I hope I haven’t offended anyone. It’s not my fault. I like a drink as much as the next man. Unless the next man is Mel Gibson.”
“It’s going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking, or as Charlie Sheen calls it: Breakfast.”
“There were a lot of big films that didn’t get nominated. Nothing for Sex and the City 2. I was sure the Golden Globes for special effects would go to the team that airbrushed that poster.”
On Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp’s panned movie The Tourist: “It seems like everything this year was three-dimensional. Except the characters in The Tourist.”