By Aly Semigran
January 12, 2012 at 04:45 PM EST

We’re just three days away from the 2012 Golden Globe Awards ceremony and people are still debating about who got it the worst at last year’s show? Was it some unnamed Scientologists, the gals of Sex and the City, or the typically untouchable A-listers like Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp? (Are you havin’ a laugh, Hollywood? Guess not.)

If you ask Ricky Gervais, it was, well, him. Gervais, who is returning to the scene of the crime this weekend, stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about the brouhaha he caused last year. Gervais (who got a head start by taking a swipe at Charlie Sheen during his visit to the daytime talk show) told DeGeneres that he agreed to host for a third time to prove the people “who said I would never be invited back” wrong.

“I knew what I was doing — it was stand-up. I know where the gasps are going to come. I know when the laughs are going to come … I knew all that,” the Life’s Too Short star said, “But I didn’t think the press would [rip me for it] … I mean you usually have to kill someone to get that many column inches. They were still talking about it, so I was shocked at the reaction.”

Gervais also, once again, defended what he said and who he said it to. “I don’t think I was nasty. If they saw my stand-up, their heads would explode,” Gervais, who has taken on everything from religion to obesity in his routines, added, “People say, ‘Is there anything you shouldn’t joke about?’ I don’t think there is. I just think it depends what the joke is. I think comedy comes from either a good or a bad place, and I was just teasing them, ya know? It wasn’t a room full of wounded soldiers. These are the richest, most privileged people in the world.” (We sure hope they’re ready for Sunday.)

Watch the full clip below, in which Gervais, maybe for the first time ever, says something he wished he could take back:

The Ellen DeGeneres Show featuring Ricky Gervais, as well as Golden Globe nominee Meryl Streep, airs today on NBC. Check local listings for times.

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