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RICKY GERVAIS READY FOR GOLDEN GLOBES

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By GREG HERNANDEZ

Ricky Gervais hardly seems intimidated or nervous at the prospect of hosting Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards. It’s the star-studded crowd inside the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel who maybe should be a little nervous!

“I have two little people in my head,” he admitted this week during the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena. “One of them’s got a little halo on, saying, ‘Don’t insult people too much.’ The other has got a little pair of horns and goes, ‘No, think of how funny it’d be.’ It’s a little bit of a fight between good and evil.”

“In all seriousness, I’m in awe of all of them,” he added. “It’s a room full of really talented people. [I make fun of them because] it means that I admire them secretly.”

Gervais does feel free to let loose during the three-hour kudofest: “They can’t censor me, it’s live. That’s the beauty of it. When they first offered me the job, I said, ‘I’m not going to rehearse. Can I say what I want?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ They haven’t seen the script, my ideas, so they can’t censor me. I suppose they could stop the show and replace me.”

There has not been an actual host of the Globes in 15 years. Since then, the first presenter welcoming the audience and the final presenter signed off. Gervais said he does have some comedy concepts in mind but the star of Extras and the original British version of The Office assures everyone that there will be no singing or dancing a la Hugh Jackman at the Oscars.

But he will have to be on his toes because he doesn’t know who the winners of the Globes will be and his comedy will be largely reactive..

“I don’t care what happens, they’re not going to invite me back so I might as well have fun,” he said. “I’m going to be drunk. Everybody else is. … I’m pretty calm because I’ve got pretty low standards.”

Gervais was at the TCA event to chat up “The Ricky Gervais Show” which premieres on HBO on Feb. 19. It’s an animated show voiced by Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington, a colleague and friend whose offbeat musings inspire many of the show’s storylines.

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