Golden Globes poll results: Welcome back, Ricky Gervais as the 2018 host

Welcome back, Ricky Gervais! You’ve been missed as host of the Golden Globes. That’s according to almost half of the people voting in our worldwide poll over the past week about who should host the 75th anniversary of the Golden Globes on NBC in January, 2018.

Over 1,500 voted, with Gervais receiving an outstanding 46% of support out of the 14 choices offered. The team of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler took 12%, along with a somewhat surprising selection of comedian Patton Oswalt, also with 12%.

For almost the entire history of the ceremony, there had been no host until 2010. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association had never seen the likes of someone like the snarky, caustic Gervais when he took the reigns that year and followed again in 2011, 2012, and 2016. He was glad to stand behind the podium taking pot shots at the Hollywood royalty swilling booze at their tables while waiting on winners to be announced.

Fey and Poehler took charge for a three-year run starting in 2013. They were also willing to take shots but also brought along their brand of wittiness and playing along with certain celebrities.

NBC’ “Tonight Show” star Jimmy Fallon had one of the most memorable openings this past January with his cameo-filled “La La Land” tribute. The ratings were up, but the overall critical reviews were down. He only picked up 1% of the votes to return this year.

In our poll, we provided you with all of these names as possibilities for the January 7, 2018 ceremony but also gave you some of the more snarky comedians working today to consider. In order, other votes went to Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele (“Key and Peele”) with 7%, Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”) with 5%, Samantha Bee (“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”) and  Louis C.K. (“Louie”) with 4% each, Dave Chappelle (“Chappelle’s Show”) and Ellen DeGeneres (“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”) with 3% each, Seth Meyers (“Late Night with Seth Meyers”) with 2%, Sarah Silverman (“The Sarah Silverman Program”) with 1%, and Chris Rock (“Saturday Night Live”) and Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer”) had no votes.

You will not find Stephen Colbert, James Corden, or Jimmy Kimmel in the poll since NBC would not allow a rival broadcast late night host to headline on their network.

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