Ricky Gervais returns to host the Golden Globes

27 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Are the Golden Globes trying to one-up the Oscars with Ricky Gervais?.

The Extras and The Office star will preside over the annual awards bash for the fourth time in six years, having previously served as host in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The British star previously hosted the ceremony from 2010-2012 before he was replaced by former Saturday Night Live stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who fronted the show for two years.

While the women held the mantle for the next two years, it was revealed on Monday (26Oct15) that Ricky would be returning once again. “Tina and Amy are a hard act to follow but Ricky is completely fearless and entirely up for the job,” NBC’s president of alternative and late-night Paul Telegdy said, according to Deadline. “He always did us proud. This year’s return to Ricky Gervais can’t be seen as a similar stroke of genius, seeing as Gervais has already hosted the show from 2010 to 2012, preceding the Fey-Poehler three-year reign. Ricky, 54, upset many Hollywood A-listers with his pointed barbs during his first stint as presenter, but his comedic comments hit the headlines and drew big audiences for the telecast, and the star previously admitted that he liked being the man in the hot seat.

My only guarantee is that not everyone will enjoy it as much as me,” he wrote on Twitter last night, referencing his reputation for aiming zingers at Hollywood’s great and good from the Golden Globes stage. But his hiring can still be viewed as a small poke in the eye (or, since this is Gervais, call it a middle-finger salute) to the film academy, which last week announced its choice of Chris Rock to host the 2016 Oscars. Notably, both the academy and the HFPA have now hired hosts who will undoubtedly take shots at the organizations that invited them during their respective ceremonies. Hosting the Oscars in 2005, Rock noted how remarkable it was to have four black actors honored with Oscar nominations that year. (Jamie Foxx was nominated twice that year.) “It’s kind of like the Def Oscar jam tonight,” he joked, less than a minute into his opening monologue. You can bet that the academy will be a repeated target if, like last year (#OscarsSoWhite), it comes up short or completely empty (again) when it comes to the diversity of its nominees.

Rock also managed to offend at least one actor in attendance that year when, after making a joke about Jude Law’s ubiquitous presence in movies, Sean Penn came to his defense on stage. (“Forgive my lack of humor,” Penn grumped. “Jude Law is one of our most talented actors.”) But Rock’s ridicule was mild to the way Gervais repeatedly roasted the HFPA — and Hollywood — over the years. After the inert romantic-thriller “The Tourist” inexplicably won three nominations in 2010, Gervais joked, “I’d like to quash this ridiculous rumor going around that the only reason ‘The Tourist’ was nominated was so the HFPA could hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie.

You can only really enjoy it in retrospect when you realise you didn’t die and it was quite an amazing thing to do.” The Hollywood Foreign Press Association confirmed the news in a blog post titled “Ricky’s back!” in which their president, Lorenzo Soria said: “Ricky Gervais left us with a lasting impression and we are thrilled to have him back”. Nothing’s been proved.” “We can recall back when Ricky Gervais was a slightly chubby but very kind comedian,” Hanks said after a 2011 potshot. “Neither of which he is now,” Allen added.

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