After his controversial turn earlier this year as the host of the Golden Globe Awards, British comedian Ricky Gervais is now proposing an alternative to watching next year’s presentation on TV.
On his blog, Gervais suggests a live chat involving himself and other stars, including Larry David, Louis CK, Chris Rock, Karl Pilkington and Jon Stewart, which would be online for anyone to listen in.
Gervais writes: "People at home can have the telly on with the sound down listening to us online say things that no broadcaster could get away with. No one could do a fucking thing. The biggest live webcast ever? Who knows? Who cares? What’s fun is the shit we might come out with. No money. No sponsor. No guide lines."
Gervais adds that he might do a test run with the Emmys, but apparently without making it public.
In a follow-up blog post, Gervais writes: “I’ve had an amazing response to yesterday’s blog entry. Not only was the idea received well, but we’ve had offers of sponsorship, technical support and a bunch of comedians up for it.”
But he cautions: “I don’t want people to think that this is some sort of anti-establishment stunt. It’s not. … It’s about new horizons, new technologies and artistic freedom.”