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Gervais: ‘If They Didn’t Want Me, They Shouldn’t Have Hired Me’

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Host Ricky Gervais arrives at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 16, 2011, in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Host Ricky Gervais arrives at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 16, 2011, in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) —Days after the Hollywood Foreign Press apologized for Ricky Gervais’ jokes at the Golden Globes, saying the British comedian went too far during his hosting duties, Gervais is insisting he did nothing wrong.

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The popular comedian was blasted by some for his wisecracks at members of the Hollywood community on Sunday’s broadcast. But Gervais says he was just doing his job.

He says on Piers Morgan’s talk show airing Thursday: “If they didn’t want me, they shouldn’t have hired me.”

Gervais says he believes the targets of his zingers have a sense of humor.

“It’s going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking, or as Charlie Sheen calls it: breakfast,” Gervais told the audience at the beginning of the show.

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Gervais also quipped that he was sure the award for special effects would go to the team who airbrushed the movie poster for “Sex and the City 2″.

“He definitely crossed the line. And some of the things were totally unacceptable,” Philip Berk, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, told the Hollywood Reporter.

Berk wouldn’t comment on whether Gervais will be back next year, but Gervais says he probably won’t return.

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