"I said all those things thinking I'd never be invited back," he said. "Obviously I didn't burn enough bridges."
The comedian said clearly Hollywood is not as touchy as its reputation suggests.
"Hollywood is very thick-skinned," he said, pointing out that as long as people are mentioned from stage, they are fine -- not matter what the context.
"What happens is when you don't mention them at all, that's what really gets them," he said.
Gervais was a solid host, but even he could have been more out there on the program. So here's hoping that he takes the invitation and truly runs with it next year. He hinted he would.
"I'm going all out this time," said Gervais. "I'm going to make sure they never invite me back."