After stunning celebrities, viewers and censors alike with his previous three gigs hosting the Golden Globe Awards in 2010, 2011 and 2012, it looked like Ricky Gervais would not be back. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler took the reins the next three years.
But Ricky is back. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and NBC announced today that the funnyman will host the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, airing live Jan. 10, 2016, on NBC. The press release says that Gervais “brought his acerbic sense of humor to Hollywood.” That’s an understatement. While his 2012 hosting job was considered a bit tamer, his first two relentlessly went after the cult of celebrity, and, often, specific celebrities. Some thought it was too much, some thought Hollywood couldn’t take a joke at its own expense. We’ll see what Gervais brings in January.
“What will he say? What will he do? We can’t wait to find out, and we are so happy that he’s back!,” said Barry Adelman, EVP, Television for dick clark productions and executive producer of the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, in a release, and who may be shocked when he learns the answers to his own questions.
”Disarming and surprising, Ricky is ready to honor — and send up — the best work of the year in film and television. Fasten your seat belts,” cautioned Robert Greenblatt, the NBC Entertainment Chairman who may very well already be asking for a several-second delay on the broadcast. Be careful what you wish for?
The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards air Jan. 10, 2016, live on NBC, with returning host Ricky Gervais.