He’s back … British bad boy Ricky Gervais is returning to host the Golden Globes after a three-year break. He emceed this irreverent awards show for three years running beginning with the 2009 kudofest. During his tenure he took no prisoners, making merry with presenters, nominees and, especially, members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that bestows the Golden Globes. After the group and he parted ways following the 2011 awardfest where he dropped the F-bomb, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler handled hosting for the past three years in a kinder, gentler fashion.
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We saw a thaw between Gervais and the HFPA this past January when he was nominated for the first time in seven years for his starring role in the comedy series “Derek.” He lost that race to Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”) who went on to win the Emmy too.
Gervais picked up a pair of Golden Globes back in 2004 for the original U.K. version of “The Office.” He claimed Best Comedy Series over Emmy champs “Arrested Development,” “Sex and the City” and “Will & Grace” as well as “Monk.” And he claimed Best Comedy Actor over two Emmy winners — Eric McCormack (“Will & Grace”) and Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”)– as well as Matt LeBlanc (“Friends”) and Bernie Mac (“The Bernie Mac Show”).
In making Monday’s announcement, Peacock net 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.
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Photo: Ricky Gervais at the 2010 Golden Globes Credit: David Fisher/REX Shutterstock