Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Golden Globes: Still No Host for CBS Show Three Weeks Away, Airing from Same Hotel that Last Year’s Host Said “Killed Whitney Houston”

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Good Morning.

It’s December 20, 2024. The Golden Globes air live on CBS on January 7, 2024. The show still has no host.

According to reports, many comedians have turned down the opportunity to front for the formerly scandal plagued group. It’s the irony of the Globes, who one insider told me “is a great brand” but “no one respects it.”

One report said Chris Rock declined the job. Former hosts Ricky Gervais, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, have no interest in returning.

Last year’s host, comic Jerrod Carmichael, was a disaster. He referred to the Beverly Hilton Hotel — which, like the Globes, Dick Clark Productions, and the Hollywood Reporter are all owned by the same person, Todd Boehley — as being the place where Whitney Houston died. So he’s off the list, too.

Other awards shows have their hosts well in advance. The Critics Choice Awards are all set for January 14th with Chelsea Handler, for example. The Grammy Awards have Trevor Noah. The Oscars are represented by Jimmy Kimmel. The Super Bowl has already booked Usher to perform in the half time show.

But the Globes so far are rudderless. CBS is airing the show three decades after kicking the group off the air for accepting trips to Las Vegas from singer Pia Zadora’s rich husband and then giving her an award. But now, needing programming because of the strikes this past year, CBS has welcomed them back.

The Globes have other problems, too. There’s a report that 64 members of the group are protesting the show because they won’t be able to sit in the Beverly Hilton’s capacious ballroom. They’ve been told there aren’t enough seats. That doesn’t seem possible given that the official capacity for the ballroom is 1,100.

The clock is ticking…

Here are some of Carmichael’s best jokes from 2023. At 2:08 you can hear the Whitney Houston joke.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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