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Simon Cowell’s Globe delight

ousic mogul Simon Cowell is delighted comedian Ricky Gervais is hosting the Golden Globes again next year – and wants the comic to be even harder on the star-studded audience.

The X Factor judge loved the Life’s Too Short star’s performance at the awards ceremony in January, during which he mocked most of the guests, and he can’t wait to see him be even more offensive.

“I think he’ll be harder on the stars this time. And you know what? I think these people have to have a better sense of humour. Who cares if he makes a few insults? I’d love to be in the audience getting insulted.” Simon says.

Ricky’s quips included claiming The Tourist was only nominated because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) – which runs the event – could “hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie” and referring to Jennifer Lopez as “just Jenny from the block. If the block in question is that one on Rodeo Drive between Cartier and Prada”.

He introduced Robert Downey Jr. by saying “many of you in this room probably know him best from such facilities as the Betty Ford Clinic and Los Angeles County Jail”.

The HFPA confirmed earlier this month the 50-year-old funnyman would be returning to host the Globes for a third time.

A statement said: “After weeks of rumours it’s finally official – Ricky Gervais will be back to host the Golden Globes for a third year.”

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