Golden Globes Announce Host — a Choice That’s Bound to Spark Controversy

Oct 26, 2015  •  Post A Comment

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association today announced who will be hosting the upcoming 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, revealing that Ricky Gervais will have another crack at the job.

Gervais has proved to be a controversial choice in three previous stints as Golden Globes host, with less than universal approval for his trademark acid tongue and his sometimes brutal attacks on Hollywood royalty.

The ceremony is set for Jan. 10, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The traditional kickoff to awards season will air live coast to coast from 8-11 p.m. ET on NBC.

Said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt: “We’re excited to have Ricky Gervais back to host the most enjoyable awards show of the season in his own inimitable way. Disarming and surprising, Ricky is ready to honor — and send up — the best work of the year in film and television. Fasten your seats belts.”

Lorenzo Soria, President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, added: “Ricky Gervais left us with a lasting impression and we are thrilled to have him back in our show as we honor the best in film and television. His off-the-cuff wit and quirky charm will surely have the room and audiences around the world at the edge of their seats.”

Gervais last hosted in 2012, when he capped off a three-year run as host.

“Over that 2010-12 span, the Golden Globes averaged a 5.2 rating in the 18-49 demo and 17 million viewers overall, which was a 6% increase from the 2009 telecast in the demo and 14% or 2.1 million persons in total viewers (17.0 million vs. 14.9 million),” the HFPA says in its announcement.

Gervais himself is a winner of three Golden Globes, along with two Emmys and seven BAFTA Awards.

Here’s his opening monologue from his previous stint as Golden Globes host, in 2012:

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