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Lynette Rice
January 13, 2012 AT 05:47 PM EST

Ricky Gervais told reporters on Friday that he “doesn’t care what people think” when he hosts the Golden Globes for a third time on Sunday.

In Pasadena to promote his new HBO mockumentary Life’s Too Short, Gervais quipped that he only does things “that can end my career” and how making cutting-edge jokes represents his “extreme sport now.”

“My conscious never takes a day off,” said Gervais.

But he was genuinely shocked to hear that media outlets were betting on his next targets when he hosts the show for NBC. “Target is a word I wouldn’t use,” he said. “Subjects. Why are they betting? What sort of bet is that?”

“Oh well. I’m going to do a monologue about the year and then introduce six or seven people throughout the show like I did last year,” he continued. “I’ve got nothing against those people in the room. I admire most of them. They are just gags. I’m not trying to hurt anyone’s feelings or undermine the moral fabric of America. I’d rather they laugh than gasp, but I cherish the gasps along with the laughs. I think that everyone took it well. What did I say that was so outrageous?”

He paused and then said, “Oh yes, I just remembered.”

Gervais’ next show for HBO costars Warwick Davis and Gervais’ frequent collaborator Stephen Merchant and is a mockumentary about a dwarf who still considers himself a big star. Debuting Feb. 19, it features cameos from Liam Neeson, Johnny Depp, and Helena Bonham-Carter. Gervais and Merchant play themselves.

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