Mark Burnett: Ricky Gervais should host the Oscars

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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.

RELATED:  EXCLUSIVE: Ricky Gervais -- It'd be a thrill to host the Oscars if no strings attached 

Emmys: Toast Drunks, Lushes & Alcoholics

Jim Parsons, 'The Big Bang Theory'
Alan Alda, 'M*A*S*H'
Kirstie Alley, 'Cheers'
Ann-Margret, 'Law and Order: Special Victims Unit'
Christine Baranski, 'Cybill'
Ellen Barkin, 'Before Women Had Wings'
Candice Bergen, 'Murphy Brown'
Julie Bowen, 'Modern Family'
Ted Danson, 'Cheers'
Kim Delaney, 'NYPD Blue'
Peter Dinklage, 'Game of Thrones'
Dennis Franz, 'NYPD Blue'
Sharon Gless, 'Cagney and Lacey'
Anthony LaPaglia, 'Frasier'
Melissa McCarthy, 'Mike and Molly'
Helen Mirren, 'Prime Suspect: The Final Act'
Megan Mullally, 'Will and Grace'
Jeremy Piven, 'Entourage'
Gena Rowlands, 'The Betty Ford Story'
John Spencer, 'The West Wing'
Rip Torn, 'The Larry Sanders Show'
James Wood, 'My Name is Bill W'
Jim Parsons, 'The Big Bang Theory'

Want to win an Emmy? Try playing tipsy or act the lush or even full-blown alcoholic. 

Normally, the high-strung and introverted Dr. Sheldon Cooper on "The Big Bang Theory" would never have a drink. However, in the 2010 episode "The Pants Alternative," he is very nervous about accepting an award so starts knocking back the booze to loosen up and ends up removing his pants. Jim Parsons submitted that episode to Emmy judges and won Best Comedy Actor for the first time.

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