Ricky Gervais took a swipe at Jodie Foster during his third round hosting the Golden Globes on Sunday.

The 50-year-old Gervais, who created a stir last year when he suggested that John Travolta is gay, returned this year with a thinly-veiled joke about Foster's sexual orientation.

During the British comic's opening monologue, Gervais informed the crowd that he was given a list of hosting rules to follow.

“Now, the Hollywood Foreign Press warned me that if I insult any of you or any of them or offend any viewers or cause any controversy whatsoever they'll definitely invite me back next year as well. They actually gave me a list of rules. I'm going to ignore them, but I thought it would be good to read them out.”

“No profanity. That's fine I got a huge vocabulary. … And I mustn't mention Mel Gibson this year. Not his private life, his politics, his recent films, and especially not Jodie Foster's Beaver,” he said, referring to the film. “I haven't seen it myself. I've spoken to a lot of guys who haven't seen it either. But that doesn't mean it's not any good. Sorry.”

Foster, who was in the audience, appeared to relish the attention, giving the comic two thumbs up.