Ricky Gervais to host the Golden Globes

ricky-gervais-channel4The Golden Globes haven’t had a host in 15 years, but if you’re going to try something different you might as well get a comedian who seems perfectly tailored to host an awards show. 

“”We never thought a host was necessary,” Philip Berk told the Hollywood Reporter. “Only when NBC suggested the idea that a host might enhance the show, my response was the only person we could consider for the task would be Ricky Gervais, and we were lucky to get him.”

And get him they did.  Gervais joins a recent list of outside-the-box hosts, including Ellen DeGeneres and Hugh Jackman at The Oscars and Neil Patrick Harris at The Emmy’s. 

This announcement has me curious enough to check out the awards show, when I otherwise wouldn’t.  There’s a lot of people who don’t care about the awards but would watch to see Gervais’s acerbic wit gently prod celebrities.

Nominations for the Globes will be announced Dec. 15. The 67th annual Golden Globes  will air as a live broadcast Jan. 17, 2010 on NBC.

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