February 01, 2011 at 07:58 PM EST

Ricky Gervais’ claim that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association had already asked him to consider hosting next year’s Golden Globes was met with a swift denial from Phil Berk, president of the HFPA: “There is no truth to this rumor. We have not asked him to come back. Nice try, Ricky.” UPDATE (3:09 p.m. ET) A spokesperson for Gervais emailed the following statement: “Ricky is horrified that people think that he had said the HFPA had requested him back. He never said this. He said that the show’s organisers, in this case — NBC, called him and said he should not rule out a return for a third time. Ricky at no point mentioned this was the HFPA and called Philip Berk earlier today to explain this to him.”

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