Despite his vow to never host the Globes again, it would appear Ricky Gervais just can’t help himself—and neither can the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which has named Gervais the host of the 2016 Golden Globe Awards (Sunday, January 10 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV), marking the Brit’s fourth time as emcee. Wheeeeee!
Can’t wait to host The Golden Globes again. My only guarantee is that not everyone will enjoy it as much as me. pic.twitter.com/oqOO8KnyLV
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) October 27, 2015
If you caught his previous turns as host, you’ll remember Gervais typically has a glass of booze in hand for the majority of the ceremony, and as the ceremony goes on, his tie becomes looser and looser…as does his mouth. After the 2012 awards, the then HFPA president, Philip Berk, described the show as “terrific,” but said Gervais “definitely crossed the line.” Personally, we can’t wait for him to cross it again. Because for us, the viewers, it’s glorious. For the celebrities? Maybe not so much.
It’s a good job I’m drunk. Otherwise the thought of hosting The Golden Globes again would seem like a real pain in the arse. — Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) October 26, 2015
Like the time he called out Hollywood’s penchant for plastic surgery: “Looking at all the wonderful faces here today reminds me of the great work that’s been done this year…by cosmetic surgeons.”
Or that time he mocked Mel Gibson: “I hope I haven’t offended anyone. It’s not my fault [points at his drink]. I like a drink as much as the next man…unless the next man is Mel Gibson.”
And, of course, Charlie Sheen: “It’s going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking. Or, as Charlie Sheen calls it: breakfast.”
Some stars, like Steve Carell and Tina Fey, choose to pretend he’s not even there.
But even Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp couldn’t not laugh when he targeted their movie: “Everything this year was three-dimensional, except the characters in The Tourist. I feel bad about that joke. I’m jumping on the bandwagon because I haven’t even seen that movie. Who has?”
By now, hopefully, he’s learned that there are some lines better left uncrossed. After all, unless you’re Elton John, no one gets into a skirmish with Madonna and gets away with it.
But with Gervais, nothing is sacred…even the Globes itself.
Don’t let all that giggling fool you; even his improv is fierce. Seriously, who else could get away with this stuff?
Is it January 10th yet? Bring it, Ricky.
Catch the 2016 Golden Globes Sunday, January 10 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.