Saturday, June 15, 2024

Golden Globes Book Tina Fey, Amy Poehler For 2021 Show Just Six Days After Host Ricky Gervais Calls Them Racists


That didn’t take long.

Six days after Ricky Gervais hosted the Golden Globes and called members of the Hollywood Foreign Press racists, the group has taken action.

The HFPA has booked Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to return for a third time and host the 2021 Golden Globes. Usually they’d wait til the fall to make such an announcement. But Gervais was so brutal to them– he also said they didn’t understand English– that the 90 member group acted swiftly.

Fey and Poehler are certainly a popular duo, and they won’t be as angry or as cruel as Gervais seemed to be last Sunday. He just appeared to be off his usual rhythm, not even wearing a tie or proper tuxedo. Also, in past years Gervais would do a victory lap at the HBO after party following the show. This year he just vanished, not even showing up (I don’t think) at the Netflix party. He has a series called “After Life” on the platform.

The Globes ratings were down from last year, but that was to be expected. Awards shows overall are down. Plus, their winning movie — “1917”– hadn’t been released yet. The Globes should really push back a week, they are too early. They were always better on the second Sunday in January. Maybe they’ll return to that date next year.

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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