It's Official: Ricky Gervais Is Hosting the Golden Globes Again

rickygervais_globes300.jpgWell now: Despite legendarily roasting all of Hollywood last year during his hosting gig at the Golden Globes (and the resulting grumblings among celebs and media alike) Ricky Gervais will be back to host the 69th Golden Globes Awards. See what the Hollywood Foreign Press Association had to say about the surprise confirmation, and the kind of jokes Gervais is already threatening to drop all over the telecast come January.

According to the HPFA website, Gervais is returning for his third hosting gig, following a meeting with HPFA president Dr. Aida Takla-O'Reilly last month to discuss the possibility. In a blog entry posted via the HPFA website, member John Hiscock confirmed the news with in a smattering of real talk of his own:

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association voted for the controversial British comedian's return after meeting with NBC official Doug Vaughn.

While many welcome Gervais's return, not everyone is happy with the decision because last year his blunt one-liners targeting big-name celebrities caused anger and resentment in some quarters. After the show Gervais dismissed the possibility of coming back for a third time, but he gradually warmed to the idea and last month met with HFPA President Dr. Aida Takla-O'Reilly in Paris to discuss it. He said recently that the idea of going back behind the podium "is very tempting".

Perhaps a more traditional press release would've sufficed, but anyways -- letting the world know that Gervais's return wasn't unanimously agreed upon opens the door for some HPFA members to say "I told you so" come January 16, after Gervais unleashes his shtick upon the proceedings again. (At least, let's hope he pulls no punches.)

To double-confirm the news, Gervais Tweeted a photo of himself with Oscars host Billy Crystal outside of a fish 'n' chips establishment with the following:

"Just told Billy Crystal he'd better not use any of my holocaust or pedophile material at The Oscars. He agreed (true)"

So, awards season watchers -- what do you make of Gervais's return to the Globes? And will he be allowed to come anywhere near replicating the unbridled audacity of last year's performance?

[HPFA, ComingSoon]



Comments

  • j'accuse! says:

    I'm shocked! Shocked to find the HFPA wants people to watch their awards show!

  • Chasmosaur says:

    Rewatching the monologue from last year, I still think he was just pedestrian. I feel like I was reading a reddit thread on what some person thinks THEY would say if they were hosting the Golden Globes.
    As much as I loved his version of The Office - mostly because I worked in environments with bosses that idiotic and toxic - I have never warmed to his stand-up. I don't think his brand of humor - which can be spot-on brilliant at times - stands up to hosting an awards show. I'm not against calling people out on their !@#$%^&* - and lord knows some of these people deserved to have their heads deflated a little bit - but he was took shots at low-hanging fruit. It was banal, and he's capable of better.

  • Noah James says:

    If last year's jokes were any indication, I'm looking forward to his topical material such as Seth Rogan is too fat to be a leading man, Christian Bale's anger issues, and asking where Julia Roberts disappeared to.

  • Digg says:

    I thought he was EFFING hilarious! Cheers, Ricky!

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