Mark Burnett: Ricky Gervais should host the Oscars

By Tom O'Neil
By Tom O'Neil
Jun 04 2013 21:06 pm
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Ricky Gervais is the perfect choice to host the next Academy Awards, according to a veteran of the kudos scene: Mark Burnett, who has produced the Emmys, MTV Movie Awards and People's Choice Awards.

"Ricky Gervais, I think, is brilliant," Burnett says in a webcast with Gold Derby. Gervais is "very funny, very current," he says. "It must be an entertaining telecast."

Gold Derby asked Burnett to look into his web camera and to address Gervais personally and tell him to accept the job, if offered. "I have one thing to say to Ricky and it's an inside joke: 'Chim chim-in-ey, chim chim cher-oo.'"

Hey, Ricky: What the blue hell does that mean? Second question: would you accept the host job if producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron offered it?

Burnett is currently a hot contender at the Emmys where he competes with "The Voice," "Survivor" and History Channel miniseries "The Bible." Below, our chat on all that. Our discussion of Oscars and Gervais (and his endorsement of Seth Myers too) starts around 18 minutes in.

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