Reactions to Ricky Gervais as Golden Globes host: ‘Yes,’ ‘surprising,’ ‘lazy’ …

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After a three-year break, British bad boy Ricky Gervais is back at home hosting the Golden Globes, a gig he became infamous for between 2009 and 2012. During his reign he took no prisoners, making merry with presenters, nominees and, especially, members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that bestows the Globes. He replaces Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who emceed the past three years in a kinder, gentler fashion compared to Gervais’ acerbic nature.

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Our forum posters, many of whom are Hollywood insiders, have been weighing in on the HFPA’s decision to reappoint Gervais to the podium. Read some of their comments below and then join the fierce debate in our forums here.

Tyler The Awesome Guy: YESSS!!! (me singing) WE…. ARE THE CHAMPIONS, MY FRIEND!! If I could thumbs up your post, I would a million times over!

24Emmy: Very surprising. Thought they would go for someone new like Amy Schumer.

thedemonhog: I enjoyed his hosting more than most, but this is lazy.

ETPhoneHome: Hopefully it’s at the level of his first time (which I loved) and not his third, (which was just ok). It’s a pretty safe decision on their parts, but I’m looking forward to it.

Atypical: Mehhhh. Amy Schumer probably said no.

In making Monday’s announcement, NBC exec Robert Greenblatt enthused, “We’re excited to have Ricky Gervais back to host the most enjoyable awards show of the season in his own inimitable way. Disarming and surprising, Ricky is ready to honor — and send up — the best work of the year in film and television. Fasten your seats belts.” And HFPA head honcho Lorenzo Soria added, “Ricky Gervais left us with a lasting impression and we are thrilled to have him back in our show as we honor the best in film and television. His off-the-cuff wit and quirky charm will surely have the room and audiences around the world at the edge of their seats.”

The 73rd annual edition of the Golden Globes take place on Jan. 10, 2016. Nominations in 25 categories — 14 in film and 11 in television — will be announced on Dec. 10.

Brace yourselves Hollywood: Ricky Gervais returning as Golden Globes host

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