Hollywood’s great and good can be forgiven for feeling a little apprehensive today, because it’s just been announced that Ricky Gervais will be hosting the Golden Globe Awards again next year.
The co-creator of The Office, Extras, and After Life will compere the annual awards ceremony for a record fifth time following his previous hosting stints in 2010-2012 and 2016. During those shows he forged a reputation for aiming close-to-the-bone zingers at stars including Robert Downey Jr., Ben Affleck, and Angelina Jolie.
Gervais quipped while hosting the 2010 ceremony: “Looking at all the wonderful faces here today reminds me of the great work that’s been done this year… by cosmetic surgeons.”
He picks up the presenting baton from last year’s Globes co-hosts, Killing Eve fave Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg.
“Once again, they’ve made me an offer I can’t refuse,” Gervais in a statement, before hinting that his tongue will be sharper than ever in 2020. “But this is the very last time I’m doing this,” he added, “which could make for a fun evening.”
“There is always a palpable electricity in the room when Ricky takes the Globes stage,” added NBC’s Paul Telegdy. “His return as master of ceremonies at the Golden Globes is much anticipated. It is sure to make for an unexpected evening. We can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeve.”
Discussing his reasons for “roasting” fellow celebrities at the Golden Globe Awards, Gervais told The Times in 2016: “I’m almost one of them, in many ways — but I have to be the outsider. How nauseating would it be for me to go on and say, ‘Hey, George — see you in Italy. Hey, Brad, how ya’ doing?’ I have to make it entertaining for the people watching it at home, because there’s nothing in it for them, they’re not winning awards.”
The 77th annual Golden Globe Awards will take place on January 5, 2020, so Gervais has plenty of time to work on his material.
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