Ricky Gervais will make his return to the Golden Globes stage, when he hosts the awards show for the fourth time on Sunday.
Known for his no-filter barbs at Hollywood's elite, it turns out the comedian has a secret weapon behind his awards show humor – booze.
"If I didn't drink, I wouldn't be brave enough to say some of the things I'm going to say," Ricky told Ellen DeGeneres in a new interview airing on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Wednesday.
So just how early does he start building up his liquid courage?
"Well it starts very early. I probably have a little one," Ricky added. "I start at a reasonable hour, ya know, I’m not a maniac -- three or four or something like that."
As far as coming back as a four-time host, Ricky revealed that it almost didn't happen.
"At first, I really did say no... I was editing one film I made this year and I was about to film another one and I just thought, 'I just haven’t got the time,' but they said all the right things. They said I could say what I want again," he told Ellen.
As previously reported, one likely target of Ricky's jokes will likely be Mel Gibson, who was announced as Golden Globes presenter earlier this week.
"I hope I haven’t offended anyone. It’s not my fault. I like a drink as much as the next man -- unless the next man is Mel Gibson," the comedian deadpanned when introducing the actor during the 2010 broadcast, again making jokes when he hosted the show in 2011 and 2012, as well.
The 2016 Golden Globes air Sunday, January 10 at 8 PM on NBC.
-- Eric Anderson