After weeks of rumors it's finally official - Ricky Gervais will be back to host the Golden Globes for a third year.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association voted for the controversial British comedian's return after meeting with NBC official Doug Vaughn.

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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. After the show Gervais dismissed the possibility of coming back for a third time, but he gradually warmed to the idea and last month met with HFPA President Dr. Aida Takla-O'Reilly in Paris to discuss it. He said recently that the idea of going back behind the podium, "is very tempting."

The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony, which will be televised worldwide, will be held on January 15 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.