October 26, 2009

Ricky Gervais to host Golden Globes

Posted: 04:11 PM ET

via E! Online

art_gervais_giThe Golden Globes just got a whole lot funnier.

One of our favorite awards shows—it has movies and TV!—just tapped one of our favorite stars—he's done movies and TV!—to host.

No, it's not Neil Patrick Harris. The Office originator, Ricky Gervais, will be donning a penguin suit, looking handsome and leading the charge of statuettes handed out at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 17.

He'll be taking the reins from, well, no one.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association hasn't selected a host for their big night since 1995.

Gervais' stock went up after a guffaw-inducing segment on the 2008 Emmys, which prompted talk of Oscar hosting.

We just hope the Invention of Lying writer-director-star was telling the truth when he said, "Not only is this the biggest Hollywood celebration of the industry which includes both film and TV, but also an environment where I can get free reign as a host."

We've seen what he does when he has "free reign" and we couldn't be more excited. But Steve Carell may want to watch his back.

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Diane Wilson   November 2nd, 2009 7:08 am ET

I think certain comedians have to be very aware of overexposure.
I used to adore Rowan Atkinson but have just seen too darn much of him and can't watch him anymore.
I think Ricky Gervais has to be careful too. After watching so many episodes of "The Office" and then finding out that he was trotting out the same old performance in "Extras", I have had enough of him.

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