The British funnyman is returning to host the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's annual prizegiving for a fifth time on Sunday, January 5, having shocked stars in the past with his uncompromising, risque humour.
However, he says the fate of Hart, who stepped down as the host of the Academy Awards after it emerged he had mocked gay people in tweets and old comedy routines, means he'll double-check his routine and drop anything that might destroy his career.
"I start writing immediately. Before I decide to do it, I have to go, 'Have I got anything? What's happened?' " Ricky tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I write jokes and they're considered and I make sure they're bulletproof."
"Nowadays, you've got to make sure they're bulletproof in 10 years' time, with people going through saying, 'He said this once, 10 years (ago).' Kevin Hart (lost) his job for 10-year-old tweets that he said he was sorry about and deleted at the time. So there's more pressure on making (the jokes bulletproof). It's the world (watching). This isn't me in a comedy club."
"People like the idea of freedom of speech until they hear something they don't like. So there's still a pressure, but that doesn't mean I'm going to water it down or back down and not say what I want," "The Office" creator adds.