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By United Press International   |   Nov. 17, 2011 at 4:00 AM
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RICKY GERVAIS: British comedian and actor Ricky Gervais will serve as host of the Golden Globes ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif., for a third time, organizers said Wednesday.

Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Aida Takla O'Reilly said the group voted overwhelmingly to invite Gervais back.

"Ricky is delighted to be coming back. He said the Golden Globes show is the most fun he has ever had," Doug Vaughan, NBC's senior vice president of special events and late night programming, said in a statement.

The Golden Globes awards ceremony honoring the best in film and television for 2011 is to be held Jan. 15 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Gervais' second stint as master of ceremonies of the awards show last January was blasted by some critics who felt his jokes about celebrities and the association were too harsh. However, the creator and star of "The Office" and "Extras" did not apologize for his behavior, stating it was all in the spirit of fun.

GAYLE KING: Gayle King says she is giving up her U.S. radio and cable TV chat shows to focus on a new morning program on CBS with co-hosts Charlie Rose and Erica Hill.

"I really loved radio, but right now I am going to concentrate on this," USA Today quoted King as saying at a press conference announcing the CBS show in New York Tuesday.

"We are so happy for Gayle's opportunity of a lifetime," OWN Presidents Sheri Salata and Erik Logan said in a joint statement issued to the newspaper.

"Although her show will not continue on OWN, we look forward to her joining us from time to time as her schedule allows."

OWN is the fledgling cable network of King's best friend, Oprah Winfrey.

King's new, as-yet-untitled CBS program is set to debut in January.

CONNIE BRITTON: "American Horror Story" star Connie Britton has adopted a 9-month-old boy named Eyob from Ethiopia, her publicist said Wednesday. said the child's adoption was the result of a three-year process.

"I am thanking my lucky stars every day," Britton told the celebrity news Web site.

The former "Friday Night Lights" and "Spin City" star described the first time she held her son as "a wonderful moment of completion."

"I thought I was going to collapse into a puddle of tears," she said. "I was just grinning from ear to ear."

RUBEN STUDDARD: Ruben Studdard's publicist confirmed Wednesday the Season 2 "American Idol" winner has filed for divorce in Alabama from his wife Surata Zuri McCants.

The couple, who married in 2008, have no children.

TMZ said Studdard cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split.

"Ruben and Zuri have gone their separate ways," Studdard's representative told the celebrity news Web site.

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