Friday, May 24, 2024

Ricky Gervais Returning To Host the Golden Globes For a 5th Time: Are They Gluttons for Punishment or Crazy Like Foxes?


Ricky Gervais is back to host the Golden Globes for the fifth time. This should be good.

Nobody makes the Globes fun like Ricky. He “takes the piss” on the Hollywood Foreign Press Assocation and all the stars. In the past, that’s gotten him into trouble. Are the HFPA gluttons for punishment? Or crazy like foxes? I think the latter.

“Once again, they’ve made me an offer I can’t refuse,” said Gervais in a statement. “But this is the very last time I’m doing this, which could make for a fun evening.”

Last time? There is no last time in Hollywood. Everyone comes back for more.

But giving the job to Ricky is smart, he’ll bring in ratings, make a lot of jokes about Netflix, their many movies and TV shows, and so on. Of course, Ricky works for Netflix, so the jokes won’t be too pungent.

Now, what can the Oscars do? Bring back Billy Crystal? How about Billy and Whoopi Goldberg? That’s what I would do. But no one asked.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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