Ricky Gervais has been hosting the Golden Globes for the past two years now and in that time, he has inspired both the hate of the award goers and the love of the award watchers. Ricky Gervais has a biting sense of humor that makes him perfect as an award show host. He pulls no punches, even going as far as to insult celebrities such as Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and Robert Downey Jr. The discontent felt by the audience to Gervais is pretty apart, especially last year. Making jokes about criminal Tim Allen and addict Robert Downey Jr. probably isn’t a good idea if both are in the same room. Hell, Gervais even insulted the freaking HFPA, right during their own damn show! As president Philip Berk said it, “[Gervais] definitely crossed the line. And some of the things were totally unacceptable.” Even though people frequently joked about Gervais still being asked to host the awards, after the reception from his previous effort, no one really thought he would ever do it again.
But as Sean Connery once said in the 80’s, Never Say Never Again, because Variety reports that Gervais has indeed been asked to return. According to them, Gervais returning to host the Golden Globes wasn’t a decision that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association made, but one forced upon them by their broadcaster NBC. NBC was aware of the show’s success last year and knew that it was only because of Gervais that it succeeded. So of course they want him back. The HPFA, on the other hand, seems rather upset about the decision:
“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.”
Of course, it’s not really there decision to make; the most important thing is ratings for these shows, and Gervais brings them in (I never thought I would say that in my life). So despite their hesitation, they are indeed bringing him back. Which I honestly think is a good thing. I was a huge fan of his first outing but, unlike most, I found last year to be a little bit cringe worthy in how easy his jokes were. I like putting rich Hollywood actors in their places as much as the next guy, but easy jokes remain easy jokes no matter who they are about. I hope Gervais’ third outing will be a proper return to form for the very funny comedian.
But what do you think? Are you excited to see Gervais returning to host the Golden Globes? Will you be tuning in?