He's Baaack! Rude Ricky Gervais Returns For Threepeat To Host Golden Globes

Ricky Gervais is returning to host the Golden Globes for a threepeat on January 15th. True, the Oscars brought back Billy Crystal. But today’s news is more of a surprise because Gervais eviscerated most of the movie and TV stars on the premises during last year’s festivities. He even zinged the Hollywood Foreign Press Association itself and its then-president Philip Berk, saying in his introduction that Gervais had to “help [the HFPA president] off the toilet and pop his teeth back in.” Berk was clearly unamused, making it clear Gervais wasn’t winning a Globe. But now Gervais has the last laugh with this encore. The only question now is whether the HFPA reserved the right to vet Ricky’s monologue and script. Not that he’d necessarily pay any attention to that. So here’s the backstory as Deadline has previously reported it:

The fact is that suitable hosts for major awards shows aren’t found easily. So the HFPA decided to hold onto two-time Golden Globes host Gervais. NBC originally signed the British comedian to a two-year deal and always wanted him back. And Gervais in August announced that the network had invited him to return. But the HFPA was the holdout and “it’s their event. It’s their party,” as Ricky himself recently noted. The sides have been talking, albeit informally, and Gervais recently dined with reps for both NBC and HFPA in Paris. Nellie Andreeva reported there was an A-lister threatening not to attend if Gervais emcees. And don’t forget that last year the HFPA reps said that Gervais “went too far” and “crossed the line”.

Ray Richmond most recently learned that the HFPA was deeply divided over whether to bring back Ricky. But, with the Globes less than two months away, the organization had to decide one way or the other by this Thursday or Friday at the latest. The HFPA membership appeared roughly evenly split, but both sides are united in their anger at NBC for lobbying to have the comedian back and pressuring the HFPA to follow suit. As a source close to the discussion told Richmond: “NBC has put the HFPA in a lose-lose situation. If the Hollywood Foreign Press says yes to Ricky, it risks turning the Globes into The Ricky Gervais Show and leaving the impression that they’re annually throwing a great party while inviting someone who humiliates all of the guests. If it says no, the HFPA looks like it has no sense of humor about itself. The problem is, if you have Ricky, the show tends to wind up being all about him and how mean he can be. He effectively dwarfs the importance of the ceremony itself.”

The other argument waged by membership is that there has been more and more consistent chatter about the Globes in the two years Gervais has hosted than perhaps ever before, helping to swell interest and potentially ratings. “There are those who feel that ratings and revenue are what the HFPA need to focus on most,” the source told Richmond. “Of course that’s all NBC is interested in. The other faction believes that without Ricky, you may lose a little in viewership but wind up better protecting the brand. Some think the job of a host should be enhancing everyone’s experience and making sure they all have a good time. But that isn’t where Ricky’s head is at. He tends to make it all about his career and all about him. The question the association has to answer now is, is the boost in interest ultimately worth the price? Nobody really knows which way it’s going to go yet. But what NBC needs and what’s in the best interests of the HFPA may be two very different things.”

If you’ve forgotten Ricky’s biting rants, here is his monologue from last year.

    1. I think the most shocking thing he could do is be nice, but that doesn’t get ratings, and then he for sure wouldn’t get picked up for a fourth bow.

    2. I’m sorry but Gervais is such a f**king smarmy a**hole.

      THIS is why NBC consistently finishes last place. Right here. They put on programming they think is hip and hilarious when in reality it’s neither and most of the country agrees with me on that point. This is just another reason to stay away.

      But I’m sure I’ll see the headlines on Yahoo or some other site about Gervais dredging up someone’s past drug abuse. Or maybe he’ll stay classy and crack jokes about Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse.

      WOW! Isn’t he clever!

      Ugh…

    1. If only they had done the same for the Oscars and kept Eddie Murphy. Love Billy Crystal, Eddie Murphy would have brought in higher ratings.

    1. Ratings obviously. But who cares, it’s fantastic! Some of these people take themselves way too seriously. It’s not like they shit gold for f*** sake!

      1. Ahh, some of them do at the B.O. He goes for lowest common denominator, rehabs,divorces etc. Doesn`t need talent to shoot fish in a barrel. Call me old fucking fashion but not funny in this venue-a roast?…thats diff.

  1. This is very good news! It was interesting how people were afraid to support Gervais shortly after the awards, but over the last few months, people have gradually opened up with their feelings. On the Today Show, even Matt Lauer told Gervais how much he loved the Globes this year.

  2. I thought Ricky was HILARIOUS the first year he hosted. The jab he took at Mel Gibson was jaw dropping humor.

    However…I didn’t think his second year was anything noteworthy. I actually was disappointed he came out with a drink…again. I dont’ want to see Ricky devolve into a schtick be regardless the “shock” of his humor was missing as he seemed more trying to find something shocking to say but there were few gasps of surprise or gasps for breath from laughing.

    Disappointing to say the least.

    I hope this year he goes back to making those sharp insightful “I’m saying what you’ve all thought” Hollywood jokes and doesn’t TRY to be “shocking”. Leave those weak attempt to the George Lopez types and show us that you can be funny Ricky…because you know The Invention of Lying still leaves a major doubt.

  3. He better deliver and bash those celebrities. I don’t want to get tricked into watching and it turns out he’s keeping it correct.

  4. Way ditto. Brave and watchable move by a group with little to lose anyway. But the real story: Yet another nail in the Academy’s Oscar casket…I mean Oscarcast.

  5. Yay!
    The absolute only reason to watch that bloated crapfest.
    Step on those pampered overpaid toes, Ricky. America enjoys every minute of it!

  6. I’d like to see him even more outrageously insulting tirades from Ricky Gervais about everyone in Hollywood.
    It will be his 3rd time hosting the event and I would like to see him co-hosting this time with another comedian to bounce off each other and make it more interesting.
    It could also be him passing the baton to a younger comedian and set up a new comedian host who can return and who is a Ricky Gervais level player.

  7. Great, so he’ll not be forced to learn that some of his personal beliefs that he states as completely unrelated comments in his PAID hosting gig are inappropriate for the venue and audience. Here’s one viewer who will just read who won online instead of being exposed to his ‘comedy.’

  8. I’M A GENIUS!!!! I PREDICTED THIS ON NIKKI’S SITE!!!!!!!

    Oh, wait.. you mean it’s was TOTALLY FUCKING OBVIOUS THEY HAD NO OTHER CHOICE WHATSOEVER?????

    also, on a related note, did Sharon Stone give the watch back to HFPA or keep it???? Always wondered.

  9. How many times are you going to use that idiotic “Rude Ricky” line that wasn’t funny the first 10,000 times?

  10. Just go through these comments and the Deadline readership profile becomes painfully clear! WHAT A CLASSY BUNCH. Mr. Ricky seems to have the ideal maturity level to host this “SHOW.” Guess the Jack Asses were tied up.

  11. As an expat Brit living in California, he seems to be a little tone deaf to the general sentiment here, as are many Brits who come make it big in the UK and try their hand across the pond (Robbie Williams was a classic example). I found Extra’s very funny if not somewhat homophobic (didn’t like “the Office” – highly overrated), but Ricky’s idea of shock humor I just can’t warm to, particularly if it’s mean or off-key as it was last year.

  12. last year was uncomfortable to sit through. if the organizers are stupid enough to invite the same man who mocked and badgered them again, they can do so without me. count me out.

  13. Directly or indirectly this is a smart move. Where the oscars takes itself way to serious the globes with Gervais will do the exact opposite. I as well second the Daniel Tosh as host vote.

  14. It’ll be interesting to see if some stars (most of who don’t want to be there in the first place but do it out of obligation to their films or shows) don’t attend out of fear that they’ll be targeted by Ricky.

    1. This is what I was thinking. If I was a star, I would just skip it. Not out of fear, but because it makes them seem weak: Having to sit there and be snarked at.

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