Last year British comedian Ricky Gervais hosted the 2011 Golden Globe Awards and did, by pretty much all accounts, an amazing job. What made Ricky’s hosting performance so spectacular is that he managed to poke fun at pretty much everyone in Hollywood, making the jokes that we all laugh at amongst ourselves but no one in Hollywood really dares to say in public. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who are responsible for the Golden Globes, were among the very folks who did not appreciate Gervais’s biting comic stylings. BUT, even they could not deny that Ricky delivered some of the best ratings and reviews that the Golden Globes ever enjoyed. And for that reason, Ricky was asked to host the upcoming 2012 GGs and he gladly accepted.
Brace yourself, Hollywood: Ricky Gervais will host the Golden Globes for the third time. After months of will-he-or-won’t-he rumors, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and NBC have struck a deal with the caustic comedian to host the show on Jan. 15. Last year, Gervais mocked the HFPA and once again dealt low-blow punches to Hollywood celebrities. But Gervais also brings a certain high-wire-act tension to the telecast which has seemingly benefited the show’s ratings — Globes viewership rose to roughly 17 million viewers when Gervais first took the gig in 2010 and held mostly steady this year. And NBC, which has been rocked by lower primetime ratings this fall, can sure use the stability. Gervais tweeted: “Just told [Oscar host] Billy Crystal he’d better not use any of my holocaust or pedophile material at The Oscars. He agreed (true).” NBC was reportedly strongly in favor of Gervais returning, while the HFPA board had a tough vote. The HFPA confirmed on its website: “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” … According to the LA Times, “older” members of the HFPA were against the decision to bring back Gervais, with longtime HFPA member Judy Solomon quoted as saying, “My worry was that he was insulting, and when I invite someone to my house, they don’t insult me. But this is show business. I guess I’m old-fashioned.”
Brilliant, brilliant news. Ricky Gervais made the Golden Globes not only watchable … but he also managed to make the show MUST SEE. Now that we know for sure that he is hosting, you better believe that people will make plans to watch the show. I am so glad that the “old fashioned” old guard is being overruled on this matter. Awards shows are so stuffy and boring that they are usually painful to watch. To say that Gervais breathed a breath of fresh air into the awards season last year would be a huge understatement. This is great, great news. Bring on the Golden Globes! I cannot wait to hear what Ricky has in store for us this time around!!