The comedian explained why he decided to return for this year's award show, saying, "A lot of people said I would never be invited back, so I did it to annoy them."
As far as Ricky's gags were concerned, "The Office" creator admitted he toned it down a bit compared to last year, but Gervais still insisted he can dish out a good tongue-lashing. He also discussed how his jokes were better received this year by the audience, pointing out, "Last year they had a stick right up their a**, maybe they had it removed."
Gervais reasoned, "Anything you say... somewhere, someone will be offended."
Top 2012 Golden Globe Show Moments
Johnny & Ricky
In introducing presenter Johnny Depp, whose film "The Tourist" Gervais made fun of last year, the funnyman actually asked Depp if he SAW "The Tourist." The actor replied, "Uh, no" (Depp has admitted he never sees his films.)
Joys of Live TV
Presenters Rob Lowe and Julianne Moore have a prompter meltdown, then someone off-screen hands them a physical script to read.
Best Actor in a TV Drama winner Kelsey Grammer thanked his wife, Kayte Walsh and makes mention of the future; his reps confirmed Sunday they are expecting twins.
"My Week with Marilyn" winner Michelle Williams said she is a mother first, then an actress and gave a cute speech thanking her daughter, Mathilda. Then Williams made a reference to winning the Globe just like Marilyn Monroe did in 1962 for "Some Like It Hot" (see pic).
George Clooney walked out with Brad Pitt's cane when he introduced a clip from Pitt's nominated film "Moneyball."
Right Back at Ya
Madonna zinged back at host Ricky Gervais when he cracked about her song "Like a Virgin." She quipped, "If I'm still 'Like a Virgin,' Ricky, why don't you come over and do something about it? I haven't kissed a girl in awhile... on TV."
Remember to Mention Your Mother
"Game of Thrones" Best Supporting Actor winner Peter Dinklage thanked his mom for keeping him humble when she told him he'd probably lose to fellow nominee "Mildred Pierce" star Guy Pearce.
Don't Get Antonio Mad
Gervais let an F-bomb go when he introduced presenters Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek, saying what lovely people he thought they were but how he couldn't understand an fff-ing thing they said. Antonio came out and jokingly cursed Ricky out in Spanish.
Speaking of Spanish...
When "Modern Family" won Best TV Comedy, star Sofia Vergara accepted it, in Spanish, with the show's creator, Steve Levitan, translating for her; he didn't always get it right.
The Fassbender Effect
In accepting his Globe for Best Actor in a Drama, George Clooney thanked fellow nominee, "Shame" actor Michael Fassbender, for fulfilling the full-frontal nudity quota for the year. Then George said, "You know, you could play golf without your hands..."
Oh, and One More...
Best Actress in a Drama winner Meryl Streep realized she forgot her glasses as she was giving her acceptance speech, even dropping a s**t -- and George Clooney tried to find her some in the audience.