The third time was the charm. Er, not for the critics. Or necessarily for the ratings. But it definitely was for the host!
"Phew!" Ricky Gervais wrote in a Golden Globes postmortem blog post on his official site this morning. "Thank f--k that's over. I had a blast actually. It was by far my favorite of the three hosting stints."
And he cut right to the chase about whether or not Hollywood needed to brace itself for a four-peat (and which superstar's fans' wrath he most fears in the wake of his emceeing)...
"I've told my agent to never let me be persuaded to do it again though," he wrote. "It's like a parachute jump. You can only really enjoy it in retrospect when you realize you didn't die and it was quite an amazing thing to do."
Amazing enough that he's content to go out on a high—and on his best audience, he thought, to date, echoing his comments made during the ceremony that the A-listers in the room seemed more game than usual to play along with his naughty schoolboy antics.
"The crowd were great this year too. I think they finally worked out that my gags only seemed rude and nasty but were actually not too scary at all. Or they were just drunker."
Still, that hasn't stopped Ricky from getting out of dodge as quickly as humanly possible.
"Either way, it was fun but I'm glad to say I'm off to New York to chill out a bit. Ahhhhhh. And relax."
And hopefully avoid the wrath of the true Beliebers, who Gervais jokingly feared may have him in their crosshairs after his monologue joke about Justin Bieber's paternity prowess.
"Getting out of town now," he tweeted this morning. "Bieber fans aren't happy with me. That's some scary s--t. Ha ha. Bye LA. hello NY!"
We'd say see you next year, but, well, it sounds like we won't.